One Room School Memorial of Marion County, Salem, IL


One Room School Memorial of Marion County, Salem, IL

The school was originally East Nation School.  The One Room School House memorial is next to Salem Community High School on Park Street, part of the high school campus.  It was relocated to this location, then restored by the Marion County Teachers Association, and rededicated June 5, 1980.  It is a memorial to days gone by. The picture with the title “One Room School House Memorial” was taken by the photographer Mousseau Ellis on August 13, 2010, and published over Panoramio.,39231985p


Where Is The “Real” World?

Where Is The “Real” World?
By Michael and Mary Leppert

Michael and Mary Leppert wrote “Where Is the ‘Real’ World?” after growing weary of hearing non-homeschoolers talk about how their children were being raised to avoid the “real” world – which is not real at all, but is a fabrication of Madison Avenue and mass consumerism.

The article begins:

“If you homeschool your kids, how will they ever experience the “real” world?”

Is this a familiar question? The matter of “real” world compatibility is one that we have thought about a lot, and after “homeschooling” our son to adulthood, it has definitely resolved itself in our minds: We know we have done the right thing by homeschooling our son, because we have kept him in the real world. In our case, the homeschooled life that often feels disorganized and chaotic has provided our son with experience in business, experience dealing with folks of all ages and numerous hard days of REAL life.

There are many homeschoolers who live as we do, starting their own businesses, working out of their homes and living lives like Colonial Americans did. One of the many frustrations that I, Mary, hear a lot is from moms who feel that very little academic work gets done because their kids spend the whole day helping with grocery shopping, cooking, helping siblings, doing household chores, etc. What better experience with real life is there?

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Home School Book Review news

Home School Book Review Blog ( ) is the place to go for book reviews, primarily of children’s, youth, and young adult literature from a Biblical worldview.  You can search by title, author, or age group, or browse the various categories.

Books reviewed in January of 2015 include:

January 30, 2015–Capital Days: Michael Shiner’s Journal and the Growth of Our Nation’s Capital

January 28, 2015–Rush Revere and the American Revolution: Time: Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans

January 26, 2015–Stallion by Starlight: Magic Tree House #49

January 25, 2015–Wings of an Eagle: The Young People’s Story of Michelangelo

January 23, 2015–Return to Gone-Away

January 21, 2015–Travel to Tomorrow: Fifties Chix Book 1

January 19, 2015–Moominsummer Madness: Moomins, Book 4

January 15, 2015–Savage Sam

January 12, 2015–I’m Bored! What’s Next?: Understanding Childhood ADHD

January 10, 2015–Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, Book 9

January 8, 2015–Daniel Sommer, 1850-1940: A Biography

January 6, 2015—Socks

Each month we give a book of the month award; for January, 2015, it goes to:


Return to Gone-Away by Elizabeth Enright.

The runner up is:


Capital Days by Tonya Bolden.

Books which we are currently reading to be reviewed soon include:

Co. Aytch by Sam R. Watkins

Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Flight from Natchez by Frank G. Slaughter

They Heard Him Gladly by Ottis L. Castleberry