Monday, August 12, 2013


Susan is starting school again on August 12th.   She will be in the third grade, so I thought I would answer the school questions you asked.  School starts in August, but ends at the end of April or the first of May.  While the Public School that Michael and Edward go to starts in September and ends in June.

Susan's school system is based on the Rod and Staff system, but also the state of New York.  There are certain items or subjects the children must complete in each grade to comply with the State.  A couple of times a year, the children take tests to see that they are completing what they should be with the State. In fact our children receive high marks for these test than students of the Public School do.

Yes, the children do learn geometry and algebra in elementary school.  They now learn in the fifth or sixth grade.  When I was in school, we didn't learn them until seventh or eighth.

We do not encourage our children to continue their education after the 8th grade.  Once a child has completed the eighth grade, it is time for them to learn their career or way of life.  When Michael and Edward end their school education, they will start their life education so they can support themselves.  They will learn about crops, animals, construction, and more.  Ladies learn cooking, cleaning, canning, baking, quilting, knitting, sewing and more.  Sometimes they work at home, sometimes work for other.

The security system on the school includes the teacher having a cell phone, the doors are kept locked, each child knows how to get in the basement to get out and more.  Each child is taught how to lock and unlock the doors when they first attend the school.  Also, we have a system if the school bell rings for more than just children coming in the morning and coming in after lunch or recess, we are to get there.  We practice that every year.

Parents are allowed to come to the school at anytime.  We are allowed in after teacher checks the door window to make sure that is who we are.  Many times we come to help in a project or maybe put on a hot lunch instead of having the children bring bag lunch.  Also, we are allowed to just come in and check the school.  Both mother's and father's are allowed.  Usually a school board member goes in at least once a month to check on how things are going and security.  As David is a board member, he goes to school a few times a year.  They are not expecting him, but he goes and sits in the back of the room for a while. He also checks around the school to make sure everything is as it should be.  Also, should something happen and the children have to leave the school, they know whose homes to go to.  That way they are safe and we know where to go find them.  We also practice that during the school year, to make sure children, especially the little ones know where to go.  Older children are to keep an eye on the smaller ones to make sure they go or do what they are suppose to.

We try to provide the best security that we can for our children.  They are gift from God to us and we want to protect them as much as we can.

Be With God,



Anonymous said...

Hi Jean+Marilyn, Another cool morning in Ft Edward, NY. It's seems more like fall than summer this last week or so! ;) I hope Susan and all the kids will have a great school year with much to do+learn while having fun at the same time. Blessings to all! Carol

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Carol,
It is beautiful here this morning, but we might have rain this afternoon. This week is fair week, I hope it doesn't rain. I will pass your comments on to Jean.


Vickie said...

Hi Marilyn and Jean! It is rainy here in Wisconsin today. Your security system sounds great. I hope and pray it is never needed.

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Vickie,
I will pass your comments on to Jean. I hope they never need their security system either.


Countryside Reflections said...

Is the school one large room, or is it divided into sections for the different grades? Thank you for this interesting information.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Doreen,
I will see that Jean gets your questions. Sure is happy to give you that information.


Richard From said...

Really hard to think that this Summer is slipping away when it feels like it just got here, and school will be starting right around the corner!

When I was attending school my attitude changed a little about the "new" school year that was approaching, and my thought was " the faster the school year comes only brings me closer to finishing-up High School and getting the heck out of the public School system.

And I think that the way the Amish and old order Mennonites run their schools are far superior in just about everyway to the public system.

As a side note I've just posted a few nice image's of a classic Chevy that I was checking out at one of the many car shows that I attend, so feel free to give it a look if anyone is interested.

Richard from

Anonymous said...

Hi Jean, Question- Am I right to assume you and the family have been teaching little Katie many things since she came into your home? Since she's only 4 I'd bet she's learning very quickly. Is she adjusting well to her new situation? I'm also sure you'll keep her busy with you now that Susan's back in school. Blessings to all of you! Carol

New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Richard,
I was like you. Glad to get school to start so I could get out. Couldn't wait for graduation.

I love the picture you have at the top of your blog. Also like tht 1957 Chevrolet. My color.


New York State Of Mind said...

Hi Carol,
I have your comment to give to Jean. Sure she will answer it. She hasn't had many questions lately.