Most parents thought that it was important to learn arithmetic and reading, so they sent children to school starting at the age of 6. Many teachers used prayers and rhymes to practice reading. The teacher would recite a prayer or rhyme to the students and they would have to repeat it back. Most of the learning was through memorization. Many Colonial teachers were strict. If a question was answered incorrectly, the student had to sit in a corner wearing a dunce cap.
Wilmore, Kathy (2000). A Day in the life of a colonial schoolteacher. New York: Rosen Publishing Group, Inc.
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