Category Archives: Historical Collection

Railway Car Schools

For some 40 years, pupils in remote parts of northern Ontario attended some very unusual schools. Instead of going to the schools, these railway car schools came to them! Until the 1920s, children living in northern Ontario often lived in … Continue reading

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Early Ontario Primers and Readers

Books of curated stories, or Readers, have been used throughout history for the purpose of teaching children to read and to expose them to literature. Many such readers have been used in Ontario’s history. These readers include the┬áCanadian Series of … Continue reading

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Going to School During the World Wars

Most of us remember learning about World War I and World War II in school on Remembrance Day. Have you ever wondered how schools were affected during the war? The Ontario Historical Education Collection at the OISE Library has a … Continue reading

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Teaching Kindergarten at the Turn of the 20th Century

Kindergarten used to look very different a century ago. It follows that training to become a kindergarten teacher was also quite different! This month’s historical display looks at some of the albums of work that student kindergarten teachers produced during … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Science Education in Ontario Schools

Science Literacy Week is September 18-24, 2017! This month’s historical display takes a look at how science literacy and science education has evolved in Ontario schools through the year 2000. The earliest science textbooks in the Ontario Historical Education Collection … Continue reading

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