“I hope they get an understanding of what school was like for boys and girls in the 1800s.”
Circleville, Ohio (PRWEB) November 04, 2014
Having always been fascinated by the one-room school and how it has served as a foundation for modern education, Beathard shares a history of one-room schools in the 1800s.
“I had visited a working one-room school that inspired me to tell the story of the education in the one-room school through the children, teachers and community of these schools,” Beathard says. “These buildings were the center of community life.”
Beathard takes readers through a typical day for 19th-century schoolchildren. She gives samples of lessons that were taught and explains how the building was heated in the winter, what the children ate while they were at school and the minimum facilities available at the time. Despite the hardships, the children experienced a fun learning environment, Beathard explains, her book having sections on games played, recipes for the food they ate and directions on how to make items used in school at the time.
“It is my hope that this book will be a help for students ages 8-12 in researching a topic for history projects and history fairs,” Beathard says. “I hope they get an understanding of what school was like for boys and girls in the 1800s.”
About the Author
Patricia Beathard is a retired music teacher who has always wanted to write. She has always loved children’s literature and always tried to incorporate literature in her teaching of music. When she was teaching it was a dream of hers to one day write a children’s book. After retiring, she decided to make that dream come true. “Schools of Yesteryear” is her first book. She is married to her husband Jim, whom she has known ever since they were children. She has three grown daughters and four grandchildren. She and her husband live on a farm in central Ohio. When she is not writing she gives private music lessons to children of the area.
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