15 Art: Horn Books


Students will learn about mid-1800’s Prairie education.  Discussions will include one-room school houses, homeschooling, and boarding schools.


  • Brads or tape
  • EHA Hornbook
  • Parchment Paper
  • White Paper
  • Scissors

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  • Students will cut out the horn book using scissors.
  • Students will cut out the white paper and parchment sheets to fit on top of the horn book.
  • Students will write the alphabet on their white paper.  Students may also write a verse on their white paper or draw a picture  if they are younger.
  • Next, ask students to attach the horn book, with the white page on top and the the parchment on the very top.


A hornbook is a book that serves as primer for study. The hornbook originated in England as long ago as 1450, or earlier.The term has been applied to a few different study materials in different fields. In children’s education, in the years before modern educational materials were used, it referred to a leaf or page displaying the alphabet, religious materials, etc., covered with a transparent sheet of horn (or mica) and attached to a frame provided with a handle.



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