Monday, December 31, 2018

18C American Family Reading

1796 Jonathan Budington 1766-1854 George Eliot and Family with a book & a journal

Children were considered ready for further educational instruction outside the home once they had mastered reading the Bible, but not before then. Fathers &/or grammar schools typically taught boys to write, a job-related skill not deemed essential for girls. Thus a typical colonial girl & boy could both read, but only the boy could also write.