This trip was geared toward the six to twelve year olds in our group, but you'll notice that the schoolmaster was kind enough to let our littlest ones participate in a few things.
Some highlights from our trip back in time:
Shortly after recess school was dismissed for the day, but before dismissal, the boys and girls had to bow and say their afternoon farewells to their teacher. Then they filed out of the schoolhouse, and we all sat down to a picnic lunch. After sitting still for the better part of three hours, the kids ate fast so that they could run and play!
I have to give a lot of credit to the schoolmaster. He really made the day a success. He played the role of a firm 19th century teacher well, but he did it with kindness and gentleness. He was always eager to offer encouragement and answer questions that the students and parents asked.
During the week prior to our trip, we did the Five in a Row unit for the book Three Names by Patricia Maclachlan. It's the story of a boy growing up on the prairie in the nineteenth century. Three Names is the name of his faithful dog, who goes to school with him each day in a one-room schoolhouse. The author goes into fairly detailed descriptions of what it was like in the little school, so it was the perfect book to get us in the mindset for our trip back to 1896.
I'm interested to hear about any living history field trips that you and your children have taken. After seeing how much mine enjoyed this one, I'll be on the lookout for more.