Monday, May 10, 2010

Crash course in one room schoolhouse control

(Sweet friends! We found a house we are interested in, and are putting our house on the market this week, so I'm going to be super busy getting it ready.  I would love your prayers as we jump headlong into this adventure!  In the meantime, I thought you'd enjoy this post...)
The kids and I ventured out to a home school field trip the other day.
The experience was complete with a one-room schoolhouse.
And one-room-schoolhouse-teacher.  If you look back up at the previous photo, you can see that my son is inches away from goofing off.  A.k.a, "being himself."
Then scary one-room-schoolhouse-teacher reaches for her "switch," and tells them to line up and shut up.  (Only she used nicer, more child-friendly wording.)  I saw JJ's eyes widen when he saw that switch. As you can see from his face, all traces of goofyness have been wiped away.  (Truth be told, I was a little scared to talk out of turn, too... )

Not a peep....
She made them stand by their desks and say the pledge of allegiance. (I was just relieved they both knew it... I kind of forget about that during homeschooling time...don't tell anyone.)
I like these rules... I'd probably change them to say, "Never question your all knowing, awesome, rocking teacher."
Okay, this might be the only time I've ever seen JJ's mouth closed.  He was thinking, "Yes ma'am, scary-one-room-schoolhouse-teacher, ma'am."
Still thinking it here too...
I can not imagine being a one-room schoolhouse teacher.  I'd be so stressed out, I'd probably leave and ride my horse off into the sunset to find myself a cowboy.  I wonder if that ever happened...
I'm so thankful I only have to teach my own kids... And all my respect goes to all you teachers out there!  You guys are amazing.  Now that I home school, I totally get it.  (and that's just with two!)

22 comments:

  1. No nonsense kind of woman, that teacher! Hopefully your kiddos will appreciate their rockin' teacher even more!

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  2. That was one of my all time favorite fieldtrips. I loved the mean school teacher. She would actually go by and whip the desks and get the kids attention. It was awesome. Why did they change things so much?? Great pics.

    Can't wait to hear about the house.

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  3. Thanks, Sasha! Always nice to be appreciated--and definitely harder than it looks. I once heard a story about a rocket scientist who said that he wanted to become a teacher in the twilight of his life, and the teacher he was speaking with said "yes and I am hoping to become a rocket scientist in my twilight" (add sarcasm). loved it!

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  4. LOL..maybe she need to go teach in some of these schools where the kids have zero respect for teachers, might be just what they need!
    Good luck selling and moving on, sounds so exciting! Come say hi :D

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  5. Fun! We did something similar last year (pioneer farms) and the kids loved it. I'll be praying for you and your family.

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  6. exciting about the house! can't wait to see it! hope and pray all goes well!

    Kids these days could use a little "switch" fear!! kids need a little fear to stay in line! healthy fear!

    we have a little one room school house nearby.. I should look into a field trip to it!! fun fun! =)

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  7. Where did you guys go? That is really neat! Is the home you like right next to ours?! Good. :) (I wish.)

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  8. I am truly excited for you guys and this new journey you are on. I will be praying that your home sells quickly!

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  9. Hey, but you kind of are a one room school teacher when you think about it!

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  10. These pictures are awesome! Sometimes I think it would be good for kids if their teachers could still spank them..ha ha!

    Oh, and I just reviewed the pledge of allegiance in my head to make sure I still remember it..it's been a while, lol!

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  11. What a cool homeschool trip. This reminds me of Pioneer Farms. Ever been there? I think it's down by Mt. Rainier and you can spend the night. My small Christian school went so I hope it's still around.

    Anyway, I love JJ's expression at the news of the whip. Yeah, I'd be scared too:)

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  12. What a neat experience. I wish all kids could experience one day of school with a teacher who had a switch. (Not that I'm into corporal punishment, more like a scared straight.) Then they'd all respect their teachers nowadays a little more.

    And as a teacher, it was always nice to be appreciated. Made all the difference!

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  13. Those pictures of your son are GA-REAT!! So funny.
    And I agree...teachers are amazing. Our son goes to a small private school, so he has a pretty small class. We had all of them over after school for his birthday and they were TOTALLY CRAZY! I think his teacher must have magical powers, because how else could she get them to behave all day?! I couldn't believe it.

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  14. so excited for you! praying your home sells quickly too
    cute post xo

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  15. Neat field trip! Good luck with your house!

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  16. Hi Sasha! Congrats on the new house and good luck selling your existing house!! Sounds very exciting!!! I can't imagine teaching in a one room schoolhouse either, but I do think they are so cool to go and tour :)

    Hugs ~

    :) T

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  17. Is it bad to say I can't imagine being responsible for anyones childrens.... even my own? :)

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  18. Oh my goodness, how exciting about the house and best of luck with yours! I'll pray for y'all! :)

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  19. Home schooling sounds cool. Wish we had it in Greece. Love this idea of stepping back in time.

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  20. You are too funny! I really enjo the way you write. I'm also praying for you and your family's journey ahead. Your crazy love post still has my mind excited about how God can use us to the max for his glory. Praying your house sells quickly and you are washed in God's peace along the way.

    -Rachel

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  21. Collin went there last week with his class and I thought it was so much fun! He still has the piece of wood that he sawed off by himself! Such a boy thing.

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