Three Fires Elementary Students Learn in One Room School House

Three Fires Elementary Students Learn in One Room School House
Posted on 06/03/2016
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During a recent field trip, first-grade students at Three Fires Elementary School were transported back in time as they spent a day learning in the Lyon School, a 19th-century one-room schoolhouse in Brighton. Dressed in period clothing, students experienced what a typical day of school looked like before modern technology and conveniences. Roz Vertin, a retired Howell Public Schools teacher, served as the teacher for the day. 

The day began as students said good morning to Vertin and took their seats. Vertin and the students then discussed differences between the Lyon School and their classroom at Three Fires Elementary. Following that, the class broke into three groups. One group worked with Vertin on reading from McGruffey Readers while another practiced their writing on chalkboard slates. The third group practiced word sounds by playing a game of Lingo. Following their lessons, students enjoyed a picnic lunch and enjoyed playing with toys from the period.

“We learned about what they did in school long ago,” said Lea, Three Fires Elementary first-grade student. Lea’s favorite part of the trip was getting to write with chalk on the slates.

The Lyon School is a fully restored one-room schoolhouse built in 1885 that served the community for more than 60 years. It has also served as the Brighton Township Hall and is currently the headquarters of the Brighton Area Historical Society.

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