Playing and Learning
Children went to school together in a one room school house. One teacher would be in charge of teaching many different age groups.
The focus in school was the 3R’s - Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Most of the writing was done on slates with slate pencils.
Play and games usually came after all the chores were finished. Pioneer children had simple toys and games made out of any available materials such as pebbles, sticks, and scraps of wood or fabric. Toys were often homemade and geared toward learning.