Learn what children use to study in the 1920’s, and how subjects like geography and reading have changed. See what types of books kids used in school, learn how they brought their lunch and ask the ‘school marm’ about what jobs the students had to keep the school running.
Before Your Visit:
- Visit the Kansas One Room School House Project to see photos and learn about one room schools across Kansas.
- Read the Rules for Teachers in 1872 from One Room Schoolhouses - ask your kids if they think they could have followed these rules.
Explore Lanesfield School:
- Get the chance to write on a chalkboard or even ask the teacher to try a quill pen.
- Learn about some of the subjects that kids studied at the one-room school - which ones do you still have in school?
- Try out some of the responsiblities students had to do to keep the school running (and you thought your chores were hard!), and find out where the restrooms are located.
- See some of the items inside the visitors center like old books, lunch pails, school supplies and outfits.
- Talk to your kids about the conveniences they have at their school, and what things were not possible in the one room school house (like eating hot lunches, watching movies or using computers).
- Kids will like to browse gift shop, which carries items that kids use to have during the times of one-room schools such as penny candy, small china dolls and twig pencils.
More Fun With One-Room Schools:
- Here's a few fun books to read:
Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements – a modern-day novel about Ted, a 6th grader, attending a one-room school in a small, rural town.
The Secret School by Avi - historical fiction, set in 1925, highlights a 14-year-old girl who secretly takes over as teacher at her one-room schoolhouse.
Other one-room schoolhouses in Kansas City:
- Helen’s Country Schoolhouse at Deanna Rose Farmstead in Overland Park
- Historic Oxford School in Leawood