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Geniuses At Work. Melanie Bray James Klosson Mindy Ruvinsky. What kinds of schools.  Dame School For girls  Latin Grammar School To prepare boys for higher education.  District Schools For children of all ages gathered in one room. Usually held 30-50 students at any given time. .

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Geniuses At Work

Melanie Bray

James Klosson

Mindy Ruvinsky


What kinds of schools

  • Dame School
    • For girls
  •  Latin Grammar School
    • To prepare boys for higher education.
  •  District Schools
    • For children of all ages gathered in one room. Usually held 30-50 students at any given time.

Who were the Teachers

Dame schools were usually taught by older women. ht by young women.

Latin Grammar schools were usually taught by men.

District Schools were usually taught by young women.


Gender Equality

Boys received a different education than girls.

Girls were not required to get a higher education.

Girls and boys attended different schools.


Education for Wealthy Boys

Son’s of planters were often taught at home.

School day started around 7am.

 Studied higher math, Greek, Latin, Science, Celestial navigation, Geography, History, Fencing, Social etiquette, and plantation management.

 Son’s of wealthy plantation owners were sent to England for boarding school.


Education for Wealthy Girls

Girls were taught by a Governess.

Learned reading, writing, and arithmetic. Also Bible and how to manage household expenses.

Studied art, music,French, social etiquette, needlework, spinning, weaving, cooking, and nursing.

Didn’t get to go to England, because not considered important.



 Was usually a small wooden paddle with a piece of paper glued to it.

Had the alphabet, pairs of letters, religious verses, and often the lord’s prayer.

Some were made of metal, or silver. Some of Ivory and even gingerbread.



An early kind of reading book.

Had the alphabet and pairs of letters.

Mixed up the letters of the alphabet.

Had lists of short words and had a short story of fable with pictures to show everyday life.

 Introduced by Benjamin Harris

 Letters of the alphabet were illustrated by rhymed couplets

 Lessons contained moral texts based on the old testament

 2 million were sold in the 18th century

New England Primer

State would take over

Large towns could afford a qualified master to run a grammar school

Set up free schools

Education State Law of 1647


Education for Everyone

 It began in the home

 Taught by mother

 trace the alphabet in the ashes and dust by the fireplace

 Formal education was unnecessary

 Education was available to anyone


School Day

 The day started at 7am.

 9am was breakfast

 Dinner was from 2-5pm

used a whispering stick

 Children were not allowed to write with their left hands

 Dunce caps

 Whipping post

 were picked up by your seat by your left ear




Most toys for the non-wealthy children were homemade.

Cornhusk dolls were common to girls.

 Boys used corncobs to build cob houses.

 Hop scotch

 Cats and the cradle


Higher Education

 Dartmouth College-founded in 1770

 Rhode Island College

 Harvard College-1726

 Yale College-1807

 Princeton

 Kings College -1760