dame school

dame school

      small private school for young children run by women; such schools were the precursors of nursery, or infant, schools in England and colonial America. They existed in England possibly before the 16th century in both towns and rural areas and survived into the 19th century. The school was frequently the teacher's home, in which the children were taught the alphabet and some reading from the New Testament and given household chores.

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  • Dame school — A New England Dame school in old colonial times . 1713. Bettman Archive A Dame School was an early form of a private elementary school in English speaking countries. They were usually taught by women and were often located in the home of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Dame school — Une Dame school de Nouvelle Angleterre. 1713, Bettman archive. On désigne sous le nom de Dame schools les premières écoles primaires privées dans les pays de langue anglaise. C étaient d ordinaire des femmes qui enseignaient à leur propre… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • dame school — ˈdām noun : a school in which the rudiments of reading and writing were taught to small children by a woman in her own home the other girls in the dame school which she attended S.H.Adams * * * dame school, Obsolete. an elementary school for… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dame-school — /daym skoohl /, n. (formerly) a school in which the rudiments of reading, writing, and arithmetic were taught to neighborhood children by a woman in her own home. [1810 20] * * * dameˈ school noun (historical) A school for young children, usu… …   Useful english dictionary

  • dame school — noun Date: 1810 a school in which the rudiments of reading and writing were taught by a woman in her own home …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • dame-school — /daym skoohl /, n. (formerly) a school in which the rudiments of reading, writing, and arithmetic were taught to neighborhood children by a woman in her own home. [1810 20] * * * …   Universalium

  • dame school — noun historical a small primary school run by elderly women …   English new terms dictionary

  • dame school — /ˈdeɪm skul/ (say daym skoohl) noun (formerly) a small school for young children, run by a woman …   Australian-English dictionary

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