Topic | What was Charlotte’s school day like?

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    I should have asked this sooner but here I am at the eleventh hour, as is my fashion anymore.

    So first, Hello! I do not post here often but would appreciate any advice you may have on this subject. I recently was granted permission to use the neglected, but in fantastic condition, one-room school house and Friday will be having our homeschool group come and experience what school was like during this time. I love living history and there’s nothing like participating in something extraordinarily out of the norm.

    Most of the day will be just learning how children learned and how class was taught and about the timeline of the world events while the schoolhouse was in operation, and lots of recess learning the time period games. However, I’m personally fascinated with Charlotte, and although it’s not our focus, I’d love to add some tidbits about her and in particular, know how different her schedule was from the one given to me by the schoolhouse. Anyone know where I can find that information or have some insight to share?

    Thank You!



    Have you ever read the book The Year of Miss Agnes? It’s a story of a teacher, teaching in Alaska, in a one-room school house.

    “A year they’ll never forget Ten-year-old Frederika (Fred for short) doesn’t have much faith that the new teacher in town will last very long. After all, they never do. Most teachers who come to their one-room schoolhouse in remote, Alaska leave at the first smell of fish, claiming that life there is just too hard.But Miss Agnes is different — she doesn’t get frustrated with her students, and she throws away old textbooks and reads Robin Hood instead! For the first time, Fred and her classmates begin to enjoy their lessons and learn to read and write — but will Miss Agnes be like all the rest and leave as quickly as she came?”

    LIkely, it’s too late to read it now 🙂 but there are some charlotte mason ways in how the teacher taught the children.Its a kids book, but I found it fascinating to read.

    Just a side note,

    I have found an old grammar textbook that was used in the public school way back in early 1900’s and there are elements of the CM methods in it like, picture study, dictation, narration.  I found it interesting that CM methods were being used in the schools even when my Mom was a child.

    I know this wasn’t exactly the help you were needing. Sorry about that  lol but your question made me think of that book I’d read.

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