Historic schoolhouse visited


By Andrea Weirather

On Sept. 22, the third-graders from Keokuk Catholic Schools visited the Hickory Grove Schoolhouse, located just outside of Keokuk. The students were asked to dress in the time period of a one-room schoolhouse and they all looked great!

While there, the students used feathers and ink to practice writing skills. Now they are wondering when they can use feathers and ink in our classroom!

They were also given the chance to practice some cursive writing with chalk and individual chalk boards. They used old socks as erasers for the chalkboard.

The students were also introduced to the history of the schoolhouse. They were very curious about the cemetery located around the school, and were given a chance to explore the various headstones. They were in awe of how old some of the headstones were!


After finishing all of their “work,” they had lunch. They had been asked to bring their lunch in a basket, metal bucket or handkerchief. They were also asked to bring food that may have been eaten during that time period. Most of the students had fun packing their lunch with items that they wouldn’t normally bring for lunch. Everyone’s favorite was beef jerky!

After lunch, students had recess! The students played Red Rover and Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button? They had played Red Rover before, but were excited to learn a new game for recess! The third-graders had a wonderful time experiencing a school day in a one-room schoolhouse at Hickory Grove! They have already asked when they can visit again!

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