Spend a Day at Rocky Branch School in Northwest Arkansas

This post may contain affiliate links which means we receive a small commission at no cost to you when you make a purchase. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

Growing up, my dad would tell me stories of his days in the one-room school house before he and other kids were sent to the public school in town. Reading books like the Little House stories by Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Anne books by L.M. Montgomery, I had this recurring fantasy of wanting to not only attend school in a one-room school house; I wanted to teach in a one-room school house. When we had the opportunity to spend a day at Rocky Branch School with our homeschool group, the boys wanted to go, so I jumped at the chance to chaperone.Rocky Branch School is a one room school house located in Northwest Arkansas that hosts groups of school kids and homeschool groups for an opportunity to go back in time and experience living history. Best field trip ever!

I had never heard about this charming piece of history right in our own back yard, and a few of the other moms I talked to were in the same boat. We were all snapping pictures of our kids, and the teachers actually encouraged us to do so. I had no intention of writing about the field trip, but the memorable experience honestly led me to do so.

And boy, was it ever a step back in time…Rocky Branch School is a one room school house located in Northwest Arkansas that hosts groups of school kids and homeschool groups for an opportunity to go back in time and experience living history. Best field trip ever!

Field Trip to Rocky Branch School

As we arrived, we walked in to 3 teachers and desks all set up with the required texts, including McGuffey Readers and slates. Rocky Branch School is a one room school house located in Northwest Arkansas that hosts groups of school kids and homeschool groups for an opportunity to go back in time and experience living history. Best field trip ever!Girls sat on one side of the school room, boys on the other. The teachers and most of the kids were dressed in period dress, which made it even more of an authentic experience. The original chalkboards (over 100 years old) still hang in the school house, and the teachers’ names were written with a date of May 29, 1905.Rocky Branch School is a one room school house located in Northwest Arkansas that hosts groups of school kids and homeschool groups for an opportunity to go back in time and experience living history. Best field trip ever!

The day began with the Pledge of Allegiance and then a spelling lesson; the kids got to experience firsthand writing their spelling words on a slate.Rocky Branch School is a one room school house located in Northwest Arkansas that hosts groups of school kids and homeschool groups for an opportunity to go back in time and experience living history. Best field trip ever! Throughout the day, lessons focused on what it was like to attend a one-room school back in the day, students even participating in a real, live spelling bee.Rocky Branch School is a one room school house located in Northwest Arkansas that hosts groups of school kids and homeschool groups for an opportunity to go back in time and experience living history. Best field trip ever! There was time to draw on the board, a time for tongue twisters, reading, and more.

Different forms of punishment were addressed, including the switch, Toes and Nose (which sounded excruciating), and the infamous Dunce Cap. Rocky Branch School is a one room school house located in Northwest Arkansas that hosts groups of school kids and homeschool groups for an opportunity to go back in time and experience living history. Best field trip ever!In terms of punishment, it really struck me as to how much easier our kids have it today. Whew!

Lunch and recess were especially memorable, my boys’ favorite part of the day. Most of us sat inside to eat, but when recess came, all the kids headed outside to play with old-fashioned things like hoops and other homemade toys. Rocky Branch School is a one room school house located in Northwest Arkansas that hosts groups of school kids and homeschool groups for an opportunity to go back in time and experience living history. Best field trip ever!As the kids ran around playing together, I could almost imagine we’d traveled all the way back to the early 1900’s… Even through the ages, kids are happy playing with the simplest of things or thinking up their own games to play.Rocky Branch School is a one room school house located in Northwest Arkansas that hosts groups of school kids and homeschool groups for an opportunity to go back in time and experience living history. Best field trip ever!

After recess, everyone created their own paper cups for drinking water. They also lined up to have a turn ringing the bell outside. Before leaving, everyone created their own memory books, writing their favorite memories from the day and getting others to sign their books.

The day went by so quickly, and as we drove home, windows down, enjoying a rare afternoon of sunshine, the boys couldn’t stop talking about it. I think they even decided to build their own school house in Minecraft. Go figure!Rocky Branch School is a one room school house located in Northwest Arkansas that hosts groups of school kids and homeschool groups for an opportunity to go back in time and experience living history. Best field trip ever!

Things to Know Before You Go

Rocky Branch School hosts school groups and homeschool groups for field trips throughout the year. Students get to experience historical dress, lessons, lunch (bringing their own lunch, with suggestions from the school), and recess. The school day starts at 9 am and generally ends around 1:30 pm. Rogers Historical Museum provides the cost, so there is no charge.

Even though the old outhouse is still standing up on the hill behind the school house, a porta-potty is available for visitors and guests. The teachers have hand sanitizer available, and they also make soap available beside the faucet on the side of the school house. You definitely want to take your own drinking water, as there is no drinking water available.

There is a Baptist church down the hill from the school house, and that is where guests usually park. Rocky Branch School is located about 12 miles east of Rogers, Arkansas.

Can’t make it out just yet? Pin it for a later adventure!

Rocky Branch School is a one room school house located in Northwest Arkansas that hosts groups of school kids and homeschool groups for an opportunity to go back in time and experience living history. Best field trip ever!

8 thoughts on “Spend a Day at Rocky Branch School in Northwest Arkansas”

      • Can I say again how much I love this?!? Thanks for letting me know about it and linking up. I too read Anne of Green Gables and imagined the one room schoolhouse life.

        The internet gremlins ate my link up last month, but I’ll be featuring your post this Friday. :)

        • Sarah, thank you so much! I’m so excited!

          I did too… I think I even used to play school when I was little, imagining teaching my own class. lol It’s just fun to go back in time like this.

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.