Saturday, May 10, 2008

Who was the President in 1910?

Today, two of my kids had a field trip to the Rose Hill School down in Perry, Oklahoma. I've gotta' say, it was one of the most unique experiences we've had in a long time.

The kids wear clothing and bring food that is appropriate to the time. They have to pack their lunches in aluminum cans (no plastic or prepackaged ANYTHING!).

The school marm is in character throughout the entire school day. She's so good at what she does that even the adults lurking in back of the room were afraid of her a little. :) While initially everyone was nervous - knowing she would teach on a level of strictness common at the turn of the century - within the first hour every kid was happily participating, and she was helping them all to create their own back stories as she addressed each one throughout the day. She had an impeccable memory, and could recall the details of each child's "story" over and over.

Lunch and recess included period appropriate toys and activities. They dipped their pen nibs into ink to do their writing and completed math problems on slates. So cool.

My kids had a wonderful time ... and I'm wondering if they would do a day just for grown-ups!!


Summer said...

Wasn't it a blast! I remember doing that as a kid and loving it. For months afterwards I begged for a small chalkboard to do my work on instead of worksheets. And the homemade sourdough bread, mmmm.

I can't wait till the boys are old enough. Hopefully they'll still be doing it them.

Amanda said...

that is so cool!!!

LilySea said...

That sounds so fun! I would enjoy it now, but I would have LOVED it as a kid.