Ledyard District #11 schoolhouse, Ledyard, NY



Ledyard District #11 schoolhouse

Rt. 34B

Ledyard, NY

The Ledyard District #11 schoolhouse was lovingly relocated by Doug and Bill Haynes, upon the passing of their father, Leon, who had owned the building and was last custodian there.   The schoolhouse currently sits along Rt. 34B only a mile or two up the road from the King Ferry Rural Life Museum and its Franklin schoolhouse.   The Ledyard school is privately owned, and is preserved as it was last, with little restoration involved on the inside of the building.   The building has not only a “tin” ceiling but tin walls.   It originally was located at the corner of 34B and Ledyard Road but was relocated in the early 2000’s to the family farm to aid in its visibility to the broader community.  The building dates from 1843.

Heritage Farm Museum One Room School, Huntington, WV



Heritage Farm Museum One Room School

3300 Harvey Road

Huntington, WV 25704

Heritage Farm Museum and Village is an open-air living history museum in Huntington, West Virginia, that focuses on Appalachian history and culture. Originally conceived as a location to house and display the private collection of A. Michael “Mike” and Henriella Perry, Heritage Farm has expanded into an entire Appalachian Frontier Village that was recently named West Virginia’s first Smithsonian-affiliated museum. In 1973, co-founders Mike and Henriella Perry decided to relocate from Huntington city proper to a farmhouse on the outskirts of town. Their interest was piqued by the old wooden logs they discovered beneath the walls of their house. Their efforts to understand the tools and techniques involved in building a cabin, coupled with their hobby of antiquing, led to the genesis of what would become Heritage Farm. Originally starting with a private collection housed in a nearby barn, they soon began to accumulate authentic old structures and materials that they felt would convey an appreciation for everyday life in Appalachia from the 19th century to the present.  Heritage Farm in its current sense began with the first “May Festival” on May 4, 1996. This event was the only day the village was open on an annual basis until 2006. It is currently a year-round public museum, open every day except Sundays and holidays.  The Schoolhouse Museum is an early 20th-century one-room schoolhouse that housed Lick Creek School, relocated to its current location and former precise spot of the Ratcliffe one-room schoolhouse. It has been restored to its original condition for visitors to explore how the first schools were introduced into these narrow hills before public education, when individual mountain communities would have to provide for themselves, and one educator would typically teach all ages between 6 and 13.

New Era One Room School, Mineral Wells, WV 



New Era One Room School Living Heritage Museum

Rt. 14 South (Elizabeth Pike)

Mineral Wells, WV  26150

The New Era School, representative of early schools in West Virginia, was built in 1884 and served students in grades 1 through 8 until 1956.  The facility then served as a community building for the Missouri Run area.  It was later turned over to the Wood County Association of Retired School Employees.  In 1991, the Living Heritage Museum Project, a newly formed volunteer organization, acquired the building for restoration.  The building was dismantled and moved seven miles from Missouri Run to the Mineral Wells School campus for reconstruction.  The New Era School has maintained the integrity of its time with original desks, books pot-bellied stove, bell, slate chalkboards, oiled floors, pump, outhouse, coal shed, and numerous other artifacts.  Additional items make the schoolroom appear ready for Reading, ‘Riting, and ‘Rithmetic.  There is a collection of information and pictures of schools in Wood County.

Amma School, Clendenin, WV



Amma School Senior Center

2798 Amma Rd.

Clendenin, WV 25045

Amma is an unincorporated community in Roane County, West Virginia, which was named after the daughter of a settler. The old Amma School, a two room school with kitchen, is now the Amma Senior Citizens and Community Center building.  Changes made recently were air conditioners, a ramp for the handicapped, and a well house that was built which now has an electric pump.

Home School Book Review news for October, 2019

Home School Book Review Blog ( https://homeschoolbookreviewblog.wordpress.com/ ) is the place to go for over 3,700 book reviews, primarily of children’s and youth literature both old and new, from a Biblical worldview.

Books reviewed in September of 2019 include:

September 30, 2019–Love Thine Enemy

September 29, 2019–Man-Kzin Wars II

September 26, 2019–The Village That Slept Awhile: Spring Mill Pioneer Village

September 25, 2019–Night of the Cossack

September 16, 2019–Fire on the Wind

September 13, 2019–A Standing Miracle: Pivotal Events That Sparked a Revolution and Led to America’s Independence

September 8, 2019–Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush

September 6, 2019–Emma Lou the Yorkie Poo: Breathing in the Calm

September 5, 2019–The Enormous Crocodile

September 4, 2019–Hamelin Stoop (Book 2): The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna

September 3, 2019–Down the Yukon

September 1, 2019–Doctor Right

The winner for our Book of the Month Award in September, 2019, is:


Night of the Cossack by Tom Blubaugh

Books which we are currently reading and will be reviewed in the future are:

Island Bound by Betty Levin

Casey and The General by Priscilla W. Dundon

Wild River by P.J. Petersen

Letters to Young Preachers edited by Warren Berkley and Mark Roberts

Remember Home School Book Review at https://homeschoolbookreviewblog.wordpress.com/

Reckahn School Museum, Kloster Lehnin, Germany



Reckahn School Museum

32-56 Reckahner Dorfstrasse

Kloster Lehnin, Germany14797

The Reckahn School Museum is housed in the school building that landowner Friedrich Eberhard von Rochow built in 1773.  It was the first two-class village school in Prussia and became a pedagogical model in Europe. Rochow wanted to make agricultural production more profitable through reforms.  When he realized that the education level of farmers and estate workers was not sufficient to carry out reforms, he decided to improve the social and economic situation of the rural population through education.  Rochow founded at his estate in Reckahn, south of Brandenburg on the Havel, a village school.  He found an essential support in Heinrich Julius Bruns , who was appointed by him to the teacher in Reckahn. The first class was for the beginners who learned the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic.  In the second class, the advanced students were then taught in other subjects.    The schoolhouse was designed according to the most modern and progressive principles.  The design is probably from J. C.  F. Keferstein , who was a mathematician at the Ritterakademie Brandenburg .

On the ground floor is a large and high classroom.  The other rooms were living and working areas of the teacher.  For more than 170 years, this house was used as a school until the end of 1945.  After 1946 the schoolhouse was inhabited by refugees.   In 1955 the schoolhouse became a nursery school.  For this purpose, a number of changes were made to the building over the next few years.  From 1980, the number of children declined steadily.  The school was then closed in 1991. On February 26, 1992, the Reckahn School Museum was opened in the old school building. Since 1996, the district of Potsdam-Mittelmark has been the owner of the museum, which is run by the Förderverein “Historisches Reckahn.”  In the former classroom, a school situation of a rural school in the first half of the 20th century was reconstructed.  Learning and teaching materials document lesson content.  Historic projectors document the use of visual teaching media. The teacher’s living room shows an exhibition about life and work of Friedrich Eberhard von Rochow. Upstairs there is an exhibition on the life and work of the first teacher of this school, Heinrich Julius Bruns.   In other rooms, exhibits from school history and the presentation of physical, biological and chemical cabinets are presented.

Setting Our Kids Up For Failure

Setting Our Kids Up For Failure
by Diana Dow (October 18, 2012)

[Editor’s note: Homeschooling mom Diana Dow wrote a piece for her blog as a reminder that what we do affects the way our children think about themselves.  WSW.]

My nine year old is sitting on the couch frustrated and near tears. Why? Because he doesn’t understand his math. He’s good at math. Not a genius but he understands the concepts and can figure out most problems without too much trauma. Why doesn’t he understand it today? Because it’s been 3 days since he’s seen his math book. Don’t misunderstand me here. We haven’t been goofing off for 3 days. We’ve been doing some pretty intensive school. Just not math. That’s partly his fault. He knew that he had to do his problem set (yes, we use Saxon) before this morning. It’s partly my fault. I didn’t protect his spare time and ensure that he had sufficient time to get his work finished. In other words, we were busy. So, today, he sits on the couch, fretting about not remembering this or that.

Why am I telling you this? Because this is one way that we set our children up for failure. The message he is getting loud and clear this morning is that he is a failure. He can’t understand math. I know very well he can understand it and he can do it. If we had diligently worked a little each day, he would be having no trouble with his math this morning.

I see this in a lot of other areas of raising children. I see it amongst my orchestra students. I have seen it on the baseball field and in Cub Scouts. I see it in my Bible class. Children are encouraged to participate in an activity or learn a new skill while at the same time being set up for failure by their parents.

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