Schools were important to educate settler children. There were not enough children in each community to make large schools. Many children from different grade levels would learn in one-room schoolhouses. Children would often travel to school by themselves and face challenges getting there.
Children from many different grade levels would learn in one-room schoolhouses.
Getting to School
Most of the students walked to school. Some students rode horseback. Others came with a horse and buggy. The schoolhouse in a rural (country) community was often built at a crossroads so it would be easier for people to get to the school.
Children walked to school. Some took shortcuts across fields and pastures. Some children got a ride with their father or with neighbours. A group of children could fit in a wagon. After heavy rains, a dirt road was often too muddy to walk on or to drive on.
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These children are travelling from their farm to school near Speers, SK.
In the winter, children came in a sleigh or cutter. They kept their hands and feet warm with blankets and warm rocks or bricks wrapped in cloth. A hot baked potato also helped to keep their hands warm. Then the potato was eaten for lunch.
Those who brought horses to school tied the horses up in the schoolyard or put the horses in a barn or stable. The students were responsible for providing food and water for their horses.
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These siblings are travelling to school in Strasbourg, SK in a buggy pulled by two horses in 1928.