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Although the basics of learning remain the same, much has changed about going to school and attitudes toward learning in the last 200 years. In this program, students discover what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse in the mid-19th century US, and examine a variety of reproduction 19th century school supplies to compare school life and learning in the 19th versus 21st centuries. They can also practice their penmanship, a common lesson for students in the 19th century. 

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About This Program


Multipoint: $100.00
Point to Point: $100.00
By Request: $100.00

For an additional per-student fee, this program can include ink and a dip pen for ink writing. Please indicate interest in this optional craft add-on at time of booking for more information.


45 minutes. Can be modified to suit your scheduling needs

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Social Studies/History, Character Education

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, Blue Jeans, etc...)
Google Hang Out
Microsoft Teams

Booking Information

Teacher/coordinator must schedule a test call prior to the date of the program in order to ensure a good virtual connection and to discuss other logistics

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Provider's Cancellation Policy

No refunds within 14 days of program date. In the event of inclement weather, please contact the Education Department at 973-377-2982 ext. 12 to discuss rescheduling.

About This Provider

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The Museum of Early Trades & Crafts

Madison, NJ
United States

Drawing on its rich collection, METC Education programs inspire learners of all ages to ask questions about the world around us. We explore American history with a focus on the life and stories of early New Jerseyans and craftspeople with programs emphasizing the intersections of history and cultural heritage in NJ.

Hilary May
973-377-2982 ext. 12

Program Details


1. This program begins with a comparison of daily life in the 19th versus 21st centuries
2. We then discuss what was different about learning and school buildings in the 19th century
3. We examine reproduction school supplies to imagine learning in a one-room schoolhouse
4. Participants start a penmanship activity that they can finish on their own.
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers


Participants will:
1. Make inferences about life in the past based on the examination of objects.
2. Compare and contrast school in the 19th century with school today in terms of supplies, curriculum and classroom environment.
3. Imagine attending a one-room schoolhouse and doing their lessons without modern technologies.

Standards Alignment

State Standards

New Jersey
Social Studies
6.1.2.HistoryCC.3: Make inferences about how past events, individuals, and innovations affect our current lives.
6.1.2.CivicsPR.2: Cite evidence that explains why rules and laws are necessary at home, in schools, and in communities

New Jersey
Career Readiness, Life Literacies, and Key Skills
9.4.2.C1.1: Demonstrate openness to new ideas and perspectives