Sunday, June 27, 2010

Old-time School

One week in June every year is filled with history, games, and fun with friends at old-time school!  We go to an old school and reenact what it would be like in the early 1900's (this year it was 1910).  Here's what an average day is like...
At 9:00am the teacher greets us and then we all head out to the flag pole to pledge to the flag. 
Then we line up in front of the school and as we go back inside we tell Miss Kay a chore we did that day (see video).
After we get inside we first off write down the saying of the day and the date in our copy books.  After that we have show & tell.  Showing anything old that would pertain to that time or a pet.  Then we hit the books.  We start out by doing history all together, this week's theme was Lewis and Clark.  Then we split up in groups for reading- I loved leading the 1st and 2nd graders!   We also have a "mystery mammal"  (the other theme of the week - mammals), from a few facts we try to figure out what animal it is.
About mid-morning it's time for arithmetic, spelling or penmanship.
Then it's recess, with the all-favorite game "Annie, Annie, Over" among" Red Rover" and "Foxes and Trees".
Next we come inside and do some more school - I'm afraid that my brains fail me as to what we usually do though.
Then we wash our hands - with good pump water and lye soap - and have "quiet time" - or when we can pray.  Then when the teacher says "enjoy your lunches" everyone rushes out to find the best eating spot.  The most popular girl's eating spot is sitting lined up facing the road and wave to the cars that pass by.  We get a menagerie of responses - mostly waves, some honks, a few times you can just see people laughing in their cars, and a few time people just ignore you. :D  For your lunch you can't bring any junk food.  My normal meal consisted of a ham sandwich, fruit (dehydrated apples were the favorites), a carrot, and gingerbread.
Then we have singing time, journaling time, and craft time.  And then at 1:00pm it's time to leave.
Now this would be a normal day, but there aren't to many normal days.  Thursday is cabin day, we go into a little cabin on the school sight and make coffee, butter, and pancakes on the wood-burning stove.  And Friday is a special day where the parents come and we have races (three legged, sack race, ect.), a program, and picnic. 
The ages for old-time school is finishing first grade to kids finishing eighth grade.  So I have been to old, but the last couple of years I have been soooo blessed to be a TA (teacher's assistant).  And I also hope to be a teacher there when I'm 18 - I love reenactment!
So that explains a little of what we were doing last week, now some pictures to show what we were doing!
There is suppose to be a video here, but I guess I don't know how to add videos.  I'll put it on as soon as I can (Mom is at the store and so is not able to show me).
Thank you very much for reading!!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

My Photo Gallery

This is going to be quite a show of photos!  I am so behind in posting pictures!  So here we go...
Every year Anna and I go to old-time school and reenact what it would be like to do school in 1904.  But we can't just do that, so we many a times play old-time school at home - under the deck. :)
Anna and I love playing around in our Civil War skirts...
...even croquet.
Anna has to bounce - even when we're having a bonfire!
And Anna had a end of school party - complete with good food, the sprinkler on the trampoline and a water balloon fight!
And Elsa continues to cause trouble. :)  Although she is much better.

We are stilling volunteering at the nursing home(I help in therapy or activities, Anna works in the salon, and Mom runs the gift shop).  Here Anna and I are enjoying rootbeer floats made at the gift shop.
And Annie and I still work as a team.  Here we are working on "tucks".  Having her collected with her head "tucked".
 Thank you very much for reading!!  I love any comments from friends!
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