Little Schoolhouse on the Prairie (1858, 1870, or 1912)

Reading, ‘Riting and “Rithmatic taught by a spinster schoolteacher, this is what one finds at Little Schoolhouse on the Prairie. Flags with fewer stars, maps with fewer states, slates instead of notebooks, it is a world most kids can only imagine, Ellie brings it alive.

Mrs, Hoffmann

Ellie Presents Miss Hoffmann c. 1912

 

Ellie Presents Miss Hoffmann, calling her students to school 1858

Ellie Presents Miss Hoffmann, calling her students to school 1858

A costumed interpretation of a typical school day in northern Illinois, circa 1858, 1870 or 1912. Ellie, dressed in appropriate period clothing, becomes schoolteacher, Miss Isabella Hoffmann, for your class or group.  The children will travel back in time to the selected time and be given Arithmetic, Geography, Recitation, and Penmanship lessons.  This program is designed for second through fifth grades, but can be adapted to other ages, even adults, upon request. We even hold a spelling bee!

Running time: Can be adapted to 45 minutes but it is a better experience for the children if they spend at least an hour and a half with Miss Hoffmann.  For half-day sessions, we include time for recess games and lunch.

1870s classroom


An 1870s classroom such as
Miss Hoffmann might have had

Requirements: Ideally, you have a 19th century one-room schoolhouse. Failing that, Miss Hoffman needs a blackboard and a desk. The students should sit in desks or at tables if possible so they have a writing surface.  Miss Hoffmann brings slates for the students to use during class and will bring ink and dip pens for older children upon request. Recently, Ellie brought Miss Hoffmann forward in time and developed an 1870 and a 1912 version, complete with 46 star flag. All of the Miss Hoffmann’s welcome students of all ages.

 

Ellie Presents Miss Hoffmann, 1858

Ellie Presents Miss Hoffmann, 1858

Small Girl at Desk

Small Girl at Desk c. 1870

 

Ellie Presents Miss Hoffmann c. 1858 with a class in a one-room school

Ellie Presents Miss Hoffmann c. 1858 with a class in a one-room school