Monday, August 18, 2014

Small School Learning

One Room School House
There's is a bell in that little structure at the top

I've seen several one-room school house's in my lifetime. I always think they're fascinating. I can imagine all of the grades in one room, the anticipation of the children, the joy of the teacher to have such a small group.

Outhouse

The one we saw recently was a lot nicer than some of the others we've seen. Even the outhouse was done up nicely with its rich brick exterior.

I remember flat swings. I've never seen them suspended from rope though.

The outside of the school had two very inviting swings. These got their fair share of use from the kids who were visiting the day we were there. I remember flat swings when I was a kid, but they were suspended from chains (not rope) and made of plastic instead of wood.

Ice Cold Water

The water pump in the side yard was easy to use and produced ice cold water. I laughed when one dad had his kids come over and fill up their water bottles.

Right when you walk in the front door

The inside was nice to see, with the water basins right out front,

The coat hanging area was small, and just to the right when you walked in.

and the small coat hanging area. This space reminded me of the huge coat rooms we had in the elementary school I attended. Definitely a lot bigger than this area, but it was cool to think of them, I haven't in more years than I can count.

The desks didn't have storage in them, and they were very close together
I could def. see a little boy tugging on a little girl's braid in front of him.
Long days would make for creative ways to entertain oneself in such a small setting. ;)

The desks were set up very close to one another, and seemed to be large enough to sit at least two students to a space. There was no storage in them, and though they were old and worn to be sure, they still seemed to be holding up rather well.

The bench doesn't look all that comfortable, but the chalk board was a beauty!
Nice and roomy, a lot of writing could go on that board.

The teacher's space was clean, and not cramped. Not sure how comfy the hard bench would be all day long, but the chalkboard was huge, and the teacher would definitely be able to see all that was going on in her classroom from the front of that room.

I'm supposing the flat screen TV was not a part of the scenery years ago. ;)
Still and the same, it was very cool to see the room almost authentically intact.

The classroom was small, but still looked comfy for learning. I appreciated the ample windows that brought in the natural light, and the stove looked big enough to warm up the entire room quite well.  There was a flat screen TV on the table the day we went to visit, and though that was certainly not authentic, everything else seemed to be, and it was a fun way to get a glimpse into the past.

Have you been inside a one-room school house before?

114 comments:

  1. I never really seen one of these in person myself, especially having grown up in NYC, but must be interesting to see and thanks so much for sharing this morning, Rosey!! :)

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  2. It's really amazing to see how far our schools have come! I used to love as a kid to travel and see all the old schools and churches! Makes me very thankful thats for sure!

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  3. We have a historical one here in my town, but there hasn't been a one room school like that in operation here in many, many years.

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  4. It's like Little House on the Prairie :) I think I would have been totally overwhelmed having so many grades to concentrate on!

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  5. I love to tour these old buildings of the past. If the walls could talk.

    Have a fabulous day and week. ☺

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  6. I love structures such as this. I've never been in a one room schoolhouse, but this looks so neat - and I love that they've preserved it so well!

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  7. What a fun place to explore! I bet that puts things in perspective for a lot of kids these days. Great photos!

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  8. Can't say I've seen one either, but I did go to a smaller school and that was my favorite one, then they shut it down and made a big one, which I was happy to leave

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  9. I did on a tour once, but not in a long time. I think my boys would love seeing one. Especially since they are into Little House on the Prairie.

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  10. Think about how HOT you would be if you were the kid sitting in front of that cast iron stove! PHEW! I'll bet it was better than sitting near the drafty window, though.

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  11. My comment just got eaten up :(((

    Anyhow, it does look rather comfortable foe it's size!

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  12. I've never been in a room like this but would love to check one out! Can you imagine having to learn in a small room like that? I would go crazy.

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  13. I've visited several one-room schoolhouses before, and always find them fascinating. It might have been a joy for the teacher to have such a small number of students in her class, but think how difficult it must have been to try to teach so many different grades at the same time. OY!

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  14. Seeing the water pump makes me remember riding my bike around my Grandma's hometown as a kid and we'd go to the old church there that had a pipe with constantly running water. Of course my sister and I would drink from the mystery pipe. ahem. Yeah. Delicious. :) I love seeing old buildings like this, so Little House on the Prairie.

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  15. I've not been in one that nice. Always fascinating to tour historical places.
    I hope that water was still safe to drink...

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    1. That thought crossed my mind. We weren't drinking it. ;)

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  16. I've never been in a one room school... now that must have been a challenge teaching all those grades at one time :-)

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  17. I have a lot of these in my area for the Amish, I cannot see either how they put all these kids in one house but it works.

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  18. That school house looks like a really neat place to explore. I've been to a similar one in Vermont. You CAN almost hear the school kids that once gathered there. :)

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  19. we visited one last year in Lancaster, PA. it was in such great condition. not how things are built today

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  20. I think the last time I saw one was in Pennsylvania in Amish Country. The water pump fascinated me more than anything, I must say.

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  21. I have never seen anything like that. It is so interesting to think how all grades and ages would gather together to learn.

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  22. There was an old one-room schoolhouse that got converted into a countryside shop located nearby, but I never managed to stop in and check it out. Never saw a flat swing with rope either...just those circular-shaped ones.

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  23. When I was a little boy, I remember my grandfather driving me to his old one-room school house to shoe me where he learned at. I was transfixed!!

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    1. Ah, now you've reminded me of my grandfather taking me to see the house where the Mills Brothers would practice singing when they were kids. :)

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  24. I love visiting places like this. It's amazing how small the schools used to be! Love those vintage desks.

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  25. The one teacher schools would have been an amazing challenge for the teacher. So many lessons, so many differing abilities and needs to face.
    And I remember those swings well (showing my dinosaur status).

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  26. When my grandma was young she taught in a one room school house. She went on to teach in a regular K-12 school, in a second grade classroom for many years, but she always talked fondly of the time in the one room school as well.

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    1. My great grandmother went to a school like this. There are some really cool black and white photos of her on the steps.

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  27. i peeped through the windows to look at one before, but never been inside one (that i can remember)

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  28. We have an old schoolhouse near us.. its now behind a fence and we cannot see what inside.. but when it wasn't we used to peak in and check it out all the time.

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  29. I've never seen an old school house like that, how cool! It's interesting to think about when times were more simple right?!

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  30. That looks really cool! I'm from Alabama originally, and you can still find buildings like this if you look hard enough. They're all run down, but they're still cool.

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  31. I love old school houses! They make me think of simpler times and reading Little House on the Prairie when my kids were homeschooling.

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  32. I grew up in Pennsylvania, where there are so very many of these. We have toured a bunch over the years, and it always amazed me how much these teachers had to deal with!

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  33. We went to a one-room school house on a field trip when I was homeschooling my kids. It was a darling school house, painted red, just like you'd imagine in a painting.

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  34. My Daughters Sister in Law, lives in what was a one room school house. It has been added onto over the years. We also have quite a few Amish here and they still have the one room school house.

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  35. i wish it was still like this, i could live this way

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  36. its pretty amazing...we have one about an hour north of here that dates back to early days...and it was so small...interesting in comparison to the large schools now...reminds me of little house...smiles.

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  37. That school house is a lot bigger and better constructed than the little old wooden ones I've seen. It's always interesting to see such things.

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  38. I have to wonder if Ms Wilder was teaching or was it Ms Ingalls or Ms Beatle? Was Willie in the corner? Just kidding? These pictures remind me of Little House on the Prairie, my all time favorite show! What an awesome experience.

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  39. That looks exactly like my classroom when I was in school. Sadly, that is not the past here in Trinidad. In this present day, there are schools operating in one room. It is a plight of our country...to step up the Education system right now. There is not much that can go on in a school like this.

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  40. I've never been inside one before and even if we had them, I think they would have all been torn down by now. One of the things I don't like about Singapore sometimes is that we move too fast, and forget the past too quickly all in the name of "development"


    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  41. Love this! My kids go to a small school, not that small but I could imagine how much better that would be. Close learning, and smaller class sizes. Looks interesting anyway!

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  42. I would love to visit an old school house like that. Looks really interesting. It is amazing to see how far we have come

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  43. the one room school my mother went to is still standing in Polson, MT. She went there in the mid 40's. today it is a preschool or daycare of some kind. But I love them also!

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  44. One room school teachers are God's gift to students. It's amazing how they can teach every grade and still have children that grow and learn.

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  45. One of my professors in grad school (education) taught in a one room school house when she was young in the 1940's. Her stories were amazing but made me appreciate the schools we have now!

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  46. There really is something very charming about one room school houses. Living in those times was so much simpler. And you are right about how those desks and furniture still hold up after all these years. Back then, things were built to last too!

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  47. I grew up in Dodge City, Kansas and we had a field trip day and spent the day learning in the one roomed school house at the museum. It was fun. I think a majority of the kids barely went to what? 8th grade back in those days. Off to farming!

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  48. I love seeing these! Such a great piece of history- though one I'm glad that I didn't have to teach in!

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  49. Is this actually a functioning school? If so, I didn't think they still existed@! What a different way to learn!

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    1. No, it's not a school anymore. Just a place to step back in time and see how school used to be, years ago.

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  50. Wow--how far schools have come! Next time I hear a kid complain about school I'll remind them of what schools USED to look like and tell them it could be harder! lol

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  51. My parents both went to the same one-room schoolhouse. It remained open until about 1970. About 10 years ago they had an all-school reunion and it was so fun to go and hear all the stories from those who had been students there.

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    1. That's a fun fact for them to have, and I bet the reunion was fun!

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  52. That is such a cool little old school house, I would love to take my kids there one day to see how it used to be in school.

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  53. I've never seen one of these up close. It's endearing. Now think about all of the kids schools cram into classes these days.

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  54. I love visiting places like this. It is like stepping into the past. Can you believe how big schools are now compared to this?

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  55. I couldn't imagine going to school in one room! I would love to visit one of these myself.

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  56. Wow. I enjoyed reading this! Very fascinating!
    I have been inside something like this in the islands. Always very intriguing.

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  57. We have a lot of these in the Philippines...but the water already comes from the faucet at least to save the kids energy for learning.

    I hope the government will help improve educational facilities like this especially for grade school

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  58. I got to see an old school house when I got to visit Amish Country as a child on a church trip! This brought me right back to that trip! Where were these taken? Please forgive me if I missed it, it's been a SUPER long day!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

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    1. Sometimes on our road trips through Ohio we pass Amish country. I'd love to tour the area, but I never could find where to do it. These pictures were taken in Flint, Michigan. And you didn't miss it, I didn't post the location on this post. :)

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  59. I love this time period. It looks like an awesome time. I so enjoy read and seeing history,

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  60. I love those old school rooms. We visit one everyyear before the school year starts.

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  61. Hi Rosey ... they are great to see recreated - I'm just glad I didn't have to sit two at a desk, but we did have the hard chairs ...

    Benches were the order of the day in school, at church etc ... hard wood and long sermons!

    Beautiful photos - cheers Hilary

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  62. How beautiful! The school I went to was first established in the late 1800's as a one room school. Eventually the room became the library gorgeous blue cobble stone, now they use it as an office.

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  63. How old is this school supposed to be?
    The desks must be a reproduction because all the old desks had ink wells....no one would set out bottles of ink for kids. Ha

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    1. I noticed the missing ink wells too, Manzanita. And I actually had a desk with an ink well, oy!!

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  64. We have come so far. But there was nothing like the small schools

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  65. I love, love, love history. It's so neat to imagine what went on in that classroom. I think it would be hard to teach all those ages at once!

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  66. I love visiting these places. Important piece of history for our kids!

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  67. I have, two actually. My mother lived in rural Nebraska and her grammar school was actually one room, she took us there when we were kids to show us "how good we had it." The second time was a much older school in Williamsburg, VA.

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  68. My daughter goes to a multiple age learning center school. They all have separate areas perse but the classroom is a big open room. The Kindergarteners and 1st graders are together, 2&3 and 4&5.

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  69. I'd love to see that in person. My only knowledge of the schoolhouses is seeing on Little House and the Prairie and Little Rascals.

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    1. Oh yeah, I forgot about The Little Rascals!

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  70. A neat place to go explore at. We have something like that out in the country near where I grew up at.

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  71. I am always amazed by them. We have a few around here. One my mother attended for a few years until they had the larger more modern school built.

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  72. It does look nice, the wood and all...

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  73. Wow, there aren't many of those left around here! Amber N

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  74. What a beautiful location. I haven't seen a one room school house before!

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  75. My father went to a one room school house growing up :) It was a very small town in central Washington. I've visited it and I can't imagine going to one!

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  76. In the third grade I went to a one room school house on a field trip and I loved it! I remember almost everything about it to this day! One of the best trips of my life. They are so cool!

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  77. I've been inside museum versions, but not a real one.

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  78. We have an old old village that has been used for tourism that includes a one room school house. I am always interested in how things were done in the past, and schooling was very very different.

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  79. I have been in one by Cades Cove and they simply amaze me. In fact I watched that show with Jane Seymour I forgot the name - and the show was on that and how the woman teacher was physical to the kids nothing like today!

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  80. My daughter goes to a school like this! Only 17 kids from k-8th grade. I LOVE it, but of course it is not this old.

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  81. I haven't seen that kind of school house before. This post just made me remember one of the school houses we visited in the mountain province. We taught poor kids basic English and mathematics.

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  82. What a cute place! My oldest son just asked me today if I went to school back when there was just one school house!

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    1. hahhahaa My son asks me things like if they had TV when I was a kid. -_-

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  83. I have been in one! We took a field trip when I was in school and it was really neat!

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  84. The school had a lot of space for the students to work in. I'm sure this would be conducive to them.

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  85. So neat! I wish my kids could see one so they could see what it used to be like!

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  86. That looks like a fun place to visit. What a great way for the kids to learn history.

    Michelle F.

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  87. Initially I thought this was the smallest 1 room school house I've ever seen. But it looks so roomy inside. As a homeschooling family, we kinda do the one room school house too...except we have a lot of decor from Target ;)

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  88. I am always interested in visiting places that are historic and with so many stories to tell. I love old classrooms and seeing a little bit of what the schools used to look like back in the hey days. Thanks for sharing! I love old school desk. Wish we have one or two for our house. :)

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  89. So, this is actual, functioning school?!! Wow! Where is this?

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    1. It's not functioning, it's just up for tours. Flint, MI

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  90. This totally makes me think of Little House on the Prairie. I always thought the whole one-room schoolhouse was such a neat thing.

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  91. Such a cute set up! I agree that it reminds me so much of Little House of the Prairie.... Sometimes I wish things were like this again! Ahhh the simple days!

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  92. I am thinking like Liz, totally makes me think of Little House On The Prairie. I used to play school when I was little using just one classroom.

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  93. I've never seen a one-room school house before. I can't even imagine the amount of planning on the teacher's part and the concentration that it takes for the students to stay on task.

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  94. I've never seen one before. Not sure there's any around in the UK, although maybe in the northern scottish isles?

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  95. I've never been in a one room school house but I'd love to visit one. I'd probably spend a lot of time day dreaming about the children and teachers who might have spent time there.

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    1. They're really awesome. It's amazing to me that schools were ever this small.

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  96. I think we don't have this kind of school here in our country or should I say there's something familiar to this, can day care fit in this type of class room?

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  97. I have been inside of one in Texas...does put somethings into perspective. There are homeschool families collaborating for a similar type of learning experience. Thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!

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  98. I actually think that would be create - it creates bondings for everyone too.

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  99. My dad went to school in a one-room school. It's now a museum. Well, a replica is. It was labeled a landmark, but then some stupid kids burned it down, so then they rebuilt a replica of it and decorated it with historic memorabilia and photos.

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  100. I like the old schoolhouses. There's one near our home that's now an antique store. (http://webcroft.blogspot.com/2013/01/the-old-rockland-school-house.html)

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  101. What a cool historical site! That would be a wonderful place to visit!

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  102. I haven't seen those schools in a while, looks like a great place to visit.

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