In the 1800s, attending school at a one room schoolhouse was quite the privilege, it meant you could leave the farm during the week to get an education. At school, the focus was on the “three R’s”: reading, writing, and arithmetic. Grades 1-8 would learn arithmetic, or math, and solve problems on their chalkboards. If the teacher knew other subjects like science, geography, history, music, or even hygiene, they could teach these subjects to the students. The knowledge learned at school could help students in future jobs, like blacksmithing or printing,
or even back at the farm.