"Twas The Night Before Jesus Came"

'Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house Not a creature was praying, not one in the house. Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care In hopes that Jesus would not come there. The children were dressing to crawl into bed. Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.And Mom in her rocker with baby on her lap Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap. When out of the East there arose such a clatter. I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter. Away to the window I flew like a flash, Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash! When what to my wondering eyes should appear But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here. With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray I knew in a moment this must be THE DAY! The light of His face made me cover my head It was Jesus! returning just like He had said. And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth, I cried when I saw Him in spite of myself. In the Book of Life which He held in His hand Was written the name of every saved man. He spoke not a word as He searched for my name; When He said "it's not here" my head hung in shame. The people whose names had been written with love He gathered to take to His Father above. With those who were ready He rose without a sound. While all the rest were left standing around. I fell to my knees, but it was too late; I had waited too long and thus sealed my fate. I stood and I cried as they rose out of sight; Oh, if only I had been ready tonight. In the words of this poem the meaning is clear; The coming of Jesus is drawing near. There's only one life and when comes the last call We'll find that the Bible was true after all!

written by Unknown Author

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Spring School

Spring - School

School was important in the life of kids during the spring-- at least until May when school let out. A typical day would begin early in the morning when children did their chores before school. Then they walked or rode horses or bicycles to school. Norma Ehlers said her country school teacher was only 16 years old, just out of high school herself.

Norma Ehlers Photo"I went to first grade when I was four years old…Most schools were about four or five miles apart… everyone would be within walking distance of that school. And we had a bench up front, and first and second graders learned together. When you were a first grader, you had second grade work, and when you were a second grader you reviewed with the first graders…She'd call us up to the front…for… our reading lessons, our math lessons…I liked to read and I liked history… I read the encyclopedias; that was the only really good set of books we had." -- Norma Ehlers Quicktime Logo (Quicktime required)

Norma spent eight years in the country school and then went to high school in town. She said it seemed like a long ways from home and was not an easy adjustment.

Children often memorized poems and recited them for school programs. Look up some of these favorite school poems from the 1920s and see if you can memorize the first few lines.

"The Barefoot Boy" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"The Blacksmith," "Hiawatha," "The Arrow and the Song" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"The Wind," "The Cow" by Robert Louis Stevenson
"The Owl and the Pussycat" by Edward Lear
"The Elf and the Doormouse" by Oliver Herford
"What do we Plant when we Plant a Tree" by Henry Abbey

What did kids play during recess?

Pom Pom Pull-Away: You will need a large space and many children to play this game. One side of the space is the starting line; the other side is the goal line. One person is "it" and stands in the middle while all other players stand behind the starting line. The person who is "it" calls out, "Pom Pom Pull-Away," and all other players run to the opposite side. Those tagged by the "it" person become his/her prisoners and must stay in the center. When the "it" person calls again "Pom Pom Pull-Away," the children run back to the starting line, while everyone in the center now helps the "it person tag those trying to run to the other side. The game continues until all children have been caught.

Follow the Leader: Any number of people can play. All players line up behind the chosen leader, doing everything the leader does: waving arms, walking on hands, running in circles, climbing trees. Players can choose a new leader after a short time.