Geography: The Country Schoolhouse

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So, remember my mentioning “The Old Country Schoolhouse” on Saturday, and it was wildly popular?
<a href=”http://ws.amazon.com/widgets/q?ServiceVersion=20070822&MarketPlace=US&ID=V20070822%2FUS%2Fadvenofmommy-20%2F8001%2Ff14dfb40-2113-4409-a299-555a72262578&Operation=NoScript”>Amazon.com Widgets</a>  Basically the story is of a grandson and grandfather talking as the boy walks to school.

<img style=”display: inline; float: right” align=”right” src=”http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/a/ae/Oldestschool.jpg/248px-Oldestschool.jpg” />We used it to talk about the <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oldest_Wooden_Schoolhouse” target=”_blank”>oldest wooden schoolhouse</a> in our country that is in <a href=”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Augustine,_Florida” target=”_blank”>St. Augustine, Florida</a>.  It’s a very cool city and has many different things to study.  It has a fascinating fort, a college and lot of interesting history.  Jeff and I were lucky enough to spend a week there pre-kids, and I’m looking forward to taking the kids there someday. 
(picture from Wikipedia, I’m feeling lazy and I don’t want to look for my pictures and scan it in)

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To make our project I gave the kids some strips of manila paper I’d cut into 1/2” to 1” width, and they busily colored it brown.  I also gave them a triangle to color for the roof.

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Then I set them to cutting and gluing their strips on to make a house shape for the school.  And of course they made a house shape.  Really.  Honestly.

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Okay, okay, you caught me.  The boys made big blobs, and drew yellow spots (more on that later).

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And you know what their narration of the story consisted of?  My kids of course learned so much from this and they drew excellent conclusions.

Or, they all said the same thing: “The boys went potty in the snow.”

Yes, that’s all they could tell me about the story.  We read this story at least 6 times, and all they would tell me is the boys went potty in the snow.
Great.

For kids who might have learned something useful in their geography and history studies head on over to Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.

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