A Trip Back in Time

Going back a hundred years!Last month we had the privilege of hosting the Stelzl family. One of the days they were here it rained so we all took a trip to school–A one room school house that is. It was fascinating to see the differences between present day schools and old fashioned schools. Here are ten differences we observed . . .

Figuring out the typewriter.Jonathan trying the stilts.Wooden marble game.Another wooden toy used for rythym.

Picture made of old jewelryThe Crockers joined us for an old fashion class.David experimenting with the pump organ.

Can you tell what Donald is teaching?Creative indoor games.Be sure to read these interesting rules.Donald found an old bird book!

1. Discipline.
2. Chalk slates vs paper.
3. Older helped younger.
4. Encouraged to read Christian books.
5. Wooden toys vs plastic.
6. Students expected to quote scripture.
7. Heated by a wood stove.
8. Dressed appropriately. 
9. Children brought their own lunch or sometimes went home for lunch. 10. Children walked / rode horses to school. 

We all enjoyed the field trip very much. This was only part of a very encouraging time with the Stelzls.

The ending came too soon.

Many fun games of Buddy Chess.

The making of a bike trail.



  1. Esther October 13, 2010 at 4:42 pm #

    Wow! That’s great! Incredible rules for teachers! V

  2. Staddon Family October 14, 2010 at 4:27 am #

    THANK YOU STELZLS FOR BLESSING OUR HOME!!! Looking forward to next time!

  3. Allen P. October 14, 2010 at 4:43 am #

    I liked the teacher rules, too! Imagine, no getting shaved in a barber shop… I wonder what that was about? My mom grew up in a very rural part of Arkansas, and when we were visiting my grandmother last, we stopped in the one-room schoolhouse that was on her road. She did not attend there, because by that time there was a central school in the area.

  4. Michael October 14, 2010 at 5:02 am #

    I enjoyed the time there. It took some skill to use the ink pens! The older children helping the younger children is something commonly done in modern home schooling too. The acceptance of the Bible is probably the best thing they had that we lack now, while modern facilities and electronics are probably our biggest modern assets.

  5. Donald Staddon October 15, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    I enjoyed the time there too, Jonathan. I also remember the drive there and back. It was Thursday and we prayed for the prayer bulletin together in the car. As in the old days, it’s great to know others that are fun to play with and to pray with!

  6. Denise October 16, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    Sounds like a great field trip! I love visiting historic places.

    A FABULOUS museum, and the best in the country for learning about 16th – 20th century Americana is the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT. It is filled with original historic buildings: 1950 House, a meeting house, jail, train station, train, a steamboat, one room school house, a mansion, several colonial homes, a settlers house, blacksmith shop, general store, apothecary, an antique carousel, numerous antique barns, print shop, a stone house and more! There are also antique tools, a priceless quilt collection, textiles, stage coaches, the most extensive toy and music box collection in the US, duck decoys, cigar store indians, priceless works of art and 24 different types of gardens.

    It is an extensive museum and tickets are good for two days. A great place to go to educate children and ourselves what it was like to live “in the olden days”. Lots of interactive activities for kids. Check out the website.

  7. Crystal October 19, 2010 at 7:31 am #

    I wonder what would happen if they tried to enforce some of those teacher rules today!

  8. Vickie Rice October 25, 2010 at 5:48 pm #

    Good job writing the story Jonathan….and the pictures were really nice too.
    So proud of you and your siblings!!!
    Love you and God Bless You
    Aunt Vickie

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