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Prairie schoolhouses, like homes of the period, were often built of sod bricks. The school day and the school year were organized around planting and harvesting. Children from ages 4 to 21 would gather in a single room, older ones often teaching younger ones. "Many children quit school after they learned to read." The books in this series cover schooling in six different eras or areas of American history—colonial, pioneer times, in the Confederacy, in the Union, during the Great Depression and during the civil rights movement. Each book is packed with excellent photographs or illustrations of students, teachers, classrooms and school supplies. Every picture will give students something to compare and contrast with their own experience—the stern, unyielding demeanor of the teachers next to the eager young children and the adolescents who look so bored. The narrative is textbook dry, but willing readers will find fascinating bits of information. The layout is confusing, leaving the reader unclear about the separation between main text and boxed inserts. Each book offers a brief but relatively thorough and easily understood explanation of the historical events of the time, as well as a short glossary, index, activities or crafts, like directions for making a writing slate, and a list of appropriate websites. It is a useful series for any classroom where the curriculum includes American history. Part of the "Going to School in History" series. 2002, Capstone Press, $22.60. Ages 7 to 14. Reviewer:Karen Leggett
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Gr 3-6-Tightly written texts discuss where and when children went to school, how they were taught, what they studied, and more. Pioneer provides a picture of education in the Midwest while Colonial describes schooling in the New England, Atlantic, and Southern states. Both books provide an accurate, fascinating look at a child's education in our early history. The texts are enhanced by quotations from primary sources. Games, activities, special events, and crafts from the past are included. A cautionary note-some of the activities, such as making taffy or a writing slate, will require adult help; others, such as playing marbles or Math Buzz, are independent pursuits. Artfully arranged black-and-white and full-color photographs and reproductions appear throughout. All in all, these are fine renderings of life in the past for today's children.-Pamela K. Bomboy, Chesterfield County Public Schools, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780736808040
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: Going to School in History Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Age range: 8 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

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