|The shed is an old well house. The Maypole and |
half-buried tractor tire have been there as long as I can remember.
The school typically has around 20 students at a time (give or take) and in more modern times tends to teach kindergarten through fifth grade. While it used to teach students of all ages, as larger public schools in the area became the norm, most parents elected to transfer their students to the public schools after eight grade, and then eventually more and more transferred to "town school" after fifth grade to be able to more easily make the social transition. While students who attend this school tend to be ahead of their peers academically, the social stigmas and assumptions made could be difficult for some.
|The swing set is always popular and many former students |
come back to visit in the summer and sit on them and reminisce.
Topics that are not grade specific such as art, music, and usually a regular reading corner time (where the teacher or an older student reads out loud) are done by the entire school together. This provides a chance for students of all ages to interact and encourages sharing, understanding, helpfulness and a general sense of community.
Also, while there is often a teacher's aide or parent helper available most days (some former students even enjoy returning to help occasionally), when students have questions on their at-desk work while the teacher is busy at the class table, older students and students who have finished their at-desk work may help those who raise their hand with questions. This encourages teaching skills in older students, reinforces the past skilled they have learned, and gives them pride that they have sufficiently learned a topic and are able to teach it to another. It also often can help bonding between siblings of different ages who are able to rely on each other for help. The teacher is able to hear the students helping each other and is able to step in if the discussion is not appropriate or the direction being given is incorrect.
|The seasonal student artwork on the windows is a tradition|
everyone in the area loves to drive past to see.
The students also always hear a portion of the oral lesson taking place at the front of the room class table no matter how hard they are concentrating. This allows students in lower grades to be introduced to portions of topics that will later seem already somewhat familiar to them. It also allows students in older grades to reinforce their learning and perhaps refresh them on things they have forgotten or missed the first time around. Students in this setting seem to test higher and many have skipped a grade or tested in to advanced placement classes when transferring to other schools. Most students also build skills in being able to tune out distractions because they have learned early on to tune out most of the oral lesson to work on their at-desk work.
|Some of the playground has been there since before I was a student |
and other stuff has been replaced with more modern equipment.
This used to be an old plain metal monkey bars and metal slide.
|This amazing tree has been estimated at over 300 years old.|
More to come in the future when I can get there on a day someone can let me in! :)