Saturday, November 12, 2011

School Days--Golden Rule Days

I have had unique educational opportunities. My primary school days were spent at a little one room school house.  All 8 grades were taught in the same room. There was a library, modern bathrooms (which were a treat, as many kids still had outhouses at home), and a small apartment for the teacher. She had to live at the school, as town was around 30 miles away and the road was often impassable. The student body size ranged from 8 to 20 students.  We had all the fundamental classes, plus art, music and physical education. It might have seemed primitive, but our school produced exceptional students--my graduating class of 2 were outstanding high school students.  


  1. I can so relate to this. I home schooled for my first year and when we moved to town from the ranch because my sister could also start school I was put in the 2nd grade & within two weeks they moved me to the 3rd grade. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

  2. Wonderful memory...

    I can relate, also. Had Grades 1 - 6 in one building. It had 3 rooms, though. :-) But how many people today, can claim to have spent any time, in a more-than-one-class-at-a-time school? I'm glad that I can!

    Gentle hugs,
    "Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration."
    ~Charles Dickens

  3. Sounds like a wonderful educational opportunity to me! So, did you graduate at the top of your class, or were you at the bottom? :)

  4. You know sometimes I wonder if that wasn't the best type of education of all.

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  5. My favorite thing about the one-room schoolhouse out in the country was the day of the month (or maybe it was weekly) we all got iodine tablets handed out to us. The other kids hated them, but because they were chocolate flavored, I loved them! So I usually got 4 or 5 of them surreptitiously handed to me when the teacher's back was turned. I wonder if those other kids ever ended up with goiters? I know I didn't. lol

    The cool thing about that system was that all the grades were together in one room. When the teacher was busy with one group, the others would be quietly working and helping one another with their math drill, grammar, etc. It was a much more cooperative system than today with kids of one age all grouped together.

  6. What an interesting and unique experience!