In colonial America, there were very few
free schools. Those children who could attend,
attended classes six days a week. There was
normally only one teacher, and all the children
learned their lessons in the same room, often using
a slate board, battledore and a hornbook.
Some students recited the lessons out loud while
others studied quietly. Students were taught the
three"R's" , reading, writing and arithmetic.
#401 CHILD'S HORNBOOK~ Small wooden replica ABC Hornbook as used in early American schools. Features a typical lessonsheet, including the ABC's, Lord's Prayer and vowel combinations. Includes complete history. Approximately 5" x 2 1/2".
#401-L LARGE CHILD'S HORNBOOK~ Larger wooden replica ABC Hornbook as used in early American schools. Features typical lesson sheet as stated above. Approximately 11" x 6 1/2".
#402 THE ABC HORNBOOK IN AMERICA~ Traces the history and use of the hornbook in early American schools. Includes a facsimile of a hornbook to cut out. Features nostalgic illustrations. 32 pages.
#402-S CHILD'S HORNBOOK SET~ Our original packaged set features a small wooden Child's Hornbook with a typical lessonsheet and the 32-page ABC HORNBOOK IN AMERICA book.
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#403 BATTLEDORE~ Sturdy replica of an early American battledore. The battledore replaced the hornbook in American education and became a 'fold-out reading book' for children. Packaged with historical information.
#406 SCHOOLHOUSE CHALKBOARD SET~ Features 5"x7" chalkboard, chalk, eraser and booklet, featuring eleven 19th-century schoolroom and playtime games. Ideal for reenacting one-room schoolhouse days or for travel activities.
#406-B CHALKBOARD~ Our classic chalkboard is available unpackaged and is ideal for individual sale or for living history demonstrations. The chalkboard is similar to the slateboard, once used by children in one-room schools.
#407 MAKE YOUR OWN GOOSE QUILL PEN~ Make your own goose quill, as used in early American schools and in the signing of the Declaration of Independence, Includes recipes for berry ink and walnut ink and directions to fashion the goose quill into a pen.
#408 EARLY AMERICAN SCHOOL SET~ Set of 4 authentic unvarnished cedar pencils (without erasers) as imported to the colonies from England in the 18th century, and a 6" wooden ruler. Packaged with a history card.
#409 COLONIAL CEDAR PENCILS~ Set of 5 authentic, unvarnished cedar pencils (without erasers), as imported to the colonies from England in the 18th century. Hand-rolled in a parchment history sheet.
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