In early June, Clara and Aidan had an opportunity to participate in a pioneer school experience at the West Riverside Museum School through the Isanti County Historical Society in Cambridge, Minnesota. For one week, they toted their tin pails filled with old-fashioned lunches, delved into their textbooks from the early 1900's, and enjoyed schooling in a one-room school house. There were about twenty-five students in grades one through eight taught by a volunteer schoolmarm.
The kids especially enjoyed spending their recess time playing "Red Rover" and "Annie, Annie Over". The first day home, Aidan said, "There's this thing called 'recess'." I had to laugh at the fact that my home-schooled son had never heard of recess even though he's sent outdoors every day! At the end of the week, families were invited for a presentation of poetry and other selections followed by a picnic...cold fried chicken, biscuits, watermelon, and lemonade prepared by Mom.
Outside the Historic Schoolhouse
A schoolboy at his desk
The "Annie, Annie Over" Shed
A cabin on the historical site. The kids made pancakes here for breakfast one morning.
A class photo
With the schoolmarm
Enjoying the water pump
This is the kind of experience I would have loved as a child, so I admit to living vicariously through my children that week. Rather than make the trek back and forth the other kids and I spent lots of time at parks, the local library, and yes, Caribou Coffee. Eleanor looks forward to joining them at pioneer school next year!