Tuesday, September 22, 2015


Our family also, would like to extend our Sympathy to Marilyn on the passing of her brother. It was a hard way to find out, so long after the passing.  I know the Lord is with her and will guide her during this hard time.

Someone asked if  our children's school had art classes like they do music?  They don't have art or music classes.  From when they are born, we sing to the children, they go to meetings (church) and hear singing, - that is how they learn to sing.  They start singing at meetings very young.

Now, that said, when they start school, they do learn songs for their Christmas play, caroling, visiting people's homes and more.  When they stand in front of the room and sing at school, it is to honor the Lord.   But the school does not have any special music classes.

Likewise with art.  There are no art classes, but that does not mean they don't do art.  Teacher may show the children how to make snow flakes out of paper or alike.  Also, she may ask the children to draw pictures for something, but there are no art classes.

Someone asked how do the kids and teachers travel for a field trip?  Most of them are walking.  A field trip may be on leaves, animals, stones, etc. They usually go no further than the little ones can walk.  Usually they take a bag lunch with them so they can enjoy it on their trip.

When they get to the eight grade - the last year of school - as a special for them they usually go on a field trip by car.  Either teacher or parents or both go with them.  Sometimes they go to Niagara Falls, or Corning Glass Works, or to the Museum in Rochester.  It is a day trip so they go and come back the same day.  The children must save up money for the driver, lunch and any expenses.  If they can't afford it, I have never known any child that didn't get to go.  Someone, unknown to the child, will give the money so they can go.

Our schools teach reading, writing, math, social studies, English and some science.  They are taught to comply with the State of New York.  Our children have to take the same states tests that the public schools do.  As I have said before, children in the Old Order Mennonite and Amish schools rate higher than most public schools.  We believe it is do to fact that we don't have any necessary subjects that the public schools do.

I know when Michael and Edward first moved in and went to public school, we had all these subjects to make choices of.  We thought most of them were not needed in life.  The four of us went around with the school many times.

Most of the time, the school has one teacher.  Sometimes a parent will come in, if the teacher feels it is necessary on certain projects.  As a parent, we can go into the school anytime we would like, especially if they are member of the School Board which David is.  Sometimes school board members go just to see how things are going, does the teacher have a problems or things she would like to discuss after school.  All parents are involved where our children go to school.

Be With God,


Tom said...

Parent involvement is the key to success.

Angela Tucker said...

Good morning, Marilyn. I home schooled, pretty much ALL hands on. LOL I like that all parents stay involved.

Will you please ask Jean what happens after eighth grade? Do the children continue their education somewhere else or do they begin apprenticeships in trades? Thank you!

littlemancat said...

Thanks Jean, and Marilyn too for this very interesting post. It gives a good picture of the school day.
I think the children do very well with their schooling.
Another question for another post - do all Old Order Mennonites and Amish folk speak a form of German? Around here, near Lancaster county, PA, it seems they do. And English, of course. Are school textbooks in both languages? And which language is used in Sunday meeting? I'm thinking a form of German.
Thanks again, hope you don't mind the questions,
And sending belated condolences to you, Marilyn. I'm a bit behind on my readings. So sorry for your loss and that rather unhappy situation. It will all be alright. Sorry to go on so long - :-)

Anonymous said...

This is how education should be, in that parental involvement is fundamental, especially when kids are in the public school system. It has been shown that the kids of parents who homeschool do much better on State testing, and are better grounded all around as well.
Thanks for posting, Jean. Blessings to all your family, In Christ, Carol

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Tom,
I agree with you.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Angela,
I know some people home school in our area. I don't if the school district is crazy about it or not. I wasn't home schooled, but I always thought it would be great.

I do have the questions to ask Jean from you. Sure she will answer it.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Mary,
Agree that children do well with their schooling. I have all your pictures written down to give to Jean.

Thank you for your condolences, it is so kind of you. I know it will be all right in the end. It just takes time.


New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Carol,
That's how the public school use to be, but they changed it. Will see that Jean gets your message.

Blessings to you and yours,

Vickie said...

What a wonderfully,informative post Jean.

New York State Of Mind said...

Good Morning Vickie,

Will see that Jean gets your message.

Hugs to Mable and Henry,
Marilyn and Pierre