Mrs. Abbott’s lesson of “duty before pleasure”

On Saturday, Maudie March aka Mrs. Abbott instructed students on her expectations for their orderly and respectful behavior and conducted a variety of lessons focusing on the theme “duty before pleasure.” ┬áStudents listened intently and quickly adjusted to the norms of the day. Then on Wednesday, Mrs. Abbott traveled by ferry to Long Island. Mrs. Abbott and games specialist Linda Uberseder were properly greeted by the students of Frenchboro School. They delighted in sharing a classroom experience in an historic setting reminiscent of the 1840s. The students did an excellent job memorizing and reciting poems and discussing stories from the McGuffy Reader. Following their lessons they joined Mrs. Uberseder for a rousing game of tag – learning games of the 1840s such as hoop rolling and “graces” – and tried their hand at tops, jacks, marbles and pick-up sticks and much more. All had a grand time.

Maudie March (aka Mrs. Abbott) at the Frenchboro School and at Mount Desert Island Historical Society's Old Schoolhouse and Museum

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