Roll One Room Schoolhouse
This was the first field trip that required true participation. We all had to dress up, eat our lunch from a can and to actually eat food prepared as if it were 1910. We went to the Cheyenne park where the one room schoolhouse was moved to from its original location in Roll, Oklahoma. The one room school is very authentic. The day we went it was foggy, rain drizzle, and cold. We had no heat and all of needed blankets to stay warm. The stove in the center is a coal burning stove but can't be used until after November 1. This field trip was also interactive. The students were treated as if they were students at the school in 1910. They had to use quill pens and ink to write and chalk and chalkboards for arithmetic problems dictated from the teacher. In the picture below, Madi was showing me that she had the right answer!
We learned some about the history of teachers and one room school houses. I have so many pictures it is so hard to choose just a few. The one thing that really made an impression on me was the reading of the daily bible verse. It is amazing how much things have changed in that area. The verse is recited by a student and discussed with the whole class. I had a wonderful time and I am really glad to have had the opportunity.
Here in the last picture the kids are washing up for lunch in the back of the room while the rest of the class is going over spelling words for the day. Water is brought in daily by buckets from the well pump.