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The Anderson Schoolhouse Curriculum

The Anderson Schoolhouse educational programming is available August through December and April through June. Please refer to the Availability link to see our calendar of available dates and special programming. The K-12 Schoolhouse programs at the Anderson Schoolhouse are calculated at $4 per student. Teachers and chaperones do not pay for the visit. Teachers wishing to prepare their own lessons and teach in the Anderson Schoolhouse are charged a rate of $3 per student as an occupancy fee. Revenue from the school programs are used for upkeep, maintenance, utilities, materials, and research on this historical property. The Anderson Schoolhouse can accommodate 34 students per visit.  To book a field trip, please fill out the Booking form.


Pre-Visit Recommendations

What to wear?

We encourage students and their teachers to dress like it is the 189os.  To a large extent, young lady's and gentlemen's fashions mirrored those of adults. In this class picture from the Anderson school in 1900 you can see the girls wearing knee length dresses, done up to the neck. Some girls pictured here are using an knee length shirt with a tucked in collared shirt, and an apron layered over the top. Plaids, stripes, and solid colors were all used at this time. They are wearing boots, because they had to be used for everyday wear for farm work as well, and their hair is tied back using a ribbon or by being braided. When outside girls 

would use a straw or felt hat or bonnet. As for the boys, they are using wool or cotton slacks with

a straight leg cut so they can use boots underneath, many of the boys wear collared shirts

with vests and the coats are a close resemblance to the sack coats worn in the 1860s. Boys

would use suspenders to hold up their trousers and while outside would likely use a wool cap

or felt hat.


Please use a name tag and follow the rules.
Students would be treated with respect and the same respect would be expected from them

when addressing the schoolmaster and schoolmarm. Please make sure students have a name tag before arriving at the Anderson Schoolhouse. The name tag should include Mr./Miss and their last names.  The Anderson Schoolhouse expects students to follow these daily rules:
1. Respect and obey your schoolmaster/schoolmarm.
2. Do not call your classmates names or fight with them. Love and help each other.
3. Never make noises or disturb your neighbors as they work. Be silent during classes.
4. Do not talk unless it's absolutely necessary.
5. Bring firewood into the classroom for the stove whenever the teacher tells you to.
6. If the master calls your name after class, straighten the benches and tables, sweep the room, dust and leave everything tidy.


The Anderson Schoolhouse Programs




4th Grade Program - Experience a School Day in 1892

Bring your own lunch.

In 1892 students would bring their own lunches to school. They would use a lunch pail (most often made out of a tin that previously held store bought goods like the pictured cigar tin lunch box), a cloth to wrap their lunch, or a basket. Lunch items would have been simple and homemade, such as sandwiches (cheese or meat), boiled eggs, and fresh fruit and vegetables. 

Bring a home made schoolhouse notebook for each student.

Teachers, please print a copy of the pdf document, emailed to you prior to your visit for each of your students and use an X in three

places using twine to create a binding. These will be essential for activities performed during the day.

Fourth Grade Day Schedule

The following is a programming sample, but we are more than willing to work with teachers to adapt curricular goals for the day.
9:45 am - Arrival at Anderson Schoolhouse.
9:45 am - School bell rings and schoolmaster/schoolmarm welcomes students outside and tour outdoor facilities. Two students are asked to fetch wood and water for the day.
10:00 am - Pledge of Allegiance, and recital of the 1892 version.
10:10 am  - Announcements.
10:15 am - Group Arithmetic lesson using the 1900 census.
10:50 am - Recital - As a class create a timeline.

11:20 am - 11:50 am - Lunch and Recess (with games from 1892).

11:50 am - 12:45 - Small Group Activities 

Group 1: Work on arithmetic problems from the board using slates and chalk/working with stereoscopes and moral stories.
Group 2:  Copies the words for the spelling bee from the board using pen and ink at their desks.
12:45 pm - 1:15 pm - Spelling Bee using words from the copied list.

1:15 pm - Question and answer period.

1:25 pm - Class Photo

1:30 pm - Depart from Anderson Schoolhouse.

Special events may be celebrated such as Lincoln’s birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, Washington’s birthday, or Grant’s birthday.
Alignment to Ohio Department of Education Standards


Connection to the Ohio Learning Standards (4th grade)


Social Studies: Ohio in the United States
History Strand - Historical Thinking and Skills

1.  The order of significant events in Ohio and the United States can be shown on a timeline.
History Strand - Heritage
3.  Various groups of people have lived in Ohio over time including prehistoric and historic American Indians, migrating settlers and immigrants. Interactions among these groups have resulted in both cooperation and conflict.
8.  Many technological innovations that originated in Ohio benefited the United States.
Geography Strand – Places and Regions
11. The regions of the United States known as the North, South and West developed in the early 1800s largely based on their physical environments and economies.
Geography Strand - Human Systems
13. The population of the United States has changed over time, becoming more diverse (e.g., racial, ethnic, linguistic, religious). Ohio’s population has become increasingly reflective of the cultural diversity of the United States.

English Language Arts
Reading Standards – Key Ideas and Details

1.Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
2.Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
3.Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Reading Standards – Craft and Structure
4. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including those that allude to significant characters found in mythology (e.g., Herculean).

Reading Standards – Informational Text
2. Determine the main idea of a text; recount the key details and explain how they support the main idea.

Measurement and data 4.MD

Solve problems involving measurement and conversion of measurements from a larger unit to a smaller unit.
1. Know relative sizes of measurement units within one system of units including km, m, cm; kg, g; lb, oz.; l, ml; hr, min, sec. Within a single system of measurement, express measurements in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Record measurement equivalents in a two- column table.
Represent and Interpret Data
4. Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (½, ¼, 1/8). Solve problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions by using information presented in line plots. For example, from a line plot find and interpret the difference in length between the longest and shortest specimens in an insect collection.


Civil War School Days Program (Grades 7 & 8) 

The Civil War School Days Program is for students in 7 - 8 grades who want to participate in an educational field trip at the Anderson Schoolhouse centered around Ashland County's participation in the U.S. Civil War. The price for the program is $4 per student.

To register, you must fill out the Civil War School Days Interest Form and our staff will contact you with registration information.


Day Schedule and Activities

The following is a programming sample.
9:35 am – School bell rings and Sgt. William Loder welcomes students outside and tour outdoor facilities. 
9:40 am – Students line up in file and enter the schoolhouse.
9:45 am – Brief history of the school and Anderson family.
10:00 am  - Recital of a letter home from 1863 by "Watson Anderson Jr."

10:30 am - Unit Drill (with wooden dummy muskets)

10:50 am - A reading of the 102d Ohio Regiment Company K War Diary

11:30 am - Depart






Picture provided by Janee Weddell Hespenheide