"The One Room School" - was common in America in the 1800's. Usually there was one of these small school buildings in each township. Teachers were often former students and were considered very special people. During the winter months they would get to the school early and get a fire started in a wood burning device (like the one shown above) so the school room would be warm by the time the students arrived. Many times the teacher would prepare a hot meal on top of the stove. Students of all ages were combined in this single classroom, and often the older students would help the younger. In 1782, the United States Assembled in Congress (Continental Congress) and voted funds to publish the first American Bible. From there, it didn't take long for God's word to find it's way into the schools. The Bible's ability to teach children lasting values was well recognized by the community in those days.
Deuteronomy 11:18-19 Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. (NIV)