Other children's activities represented at the farmstead are related to education and learning how to read and write. This image shows two of the larger writing slate fragments (a and b) and several pieces of slate pencils (c and d). School children in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries typically used slate tablets (a piece of black slate enclosed in a rectangular wooden frame) and slate pencils (made of a soft rock-like talc or soapstone) to practice writing. One of the slate fragments (a) also has some symbols on it that were engraved with a knife blade or other sharp-pointed object.
Fragments of other writing utensils more familiar to modern school kids also were recovered. These are the metal eraser ferrules and graphite pencil leads from wooden pencils (e). One specimen (upper right) has its original gum eraser and part of the wooden pencil still encased within the ferrule.