An illustration of a toy alphabet block.

Alphabet Block

An illustration of a toy alphabet block.

Hornbooks are not what we would think of today as a book, for it was made of a piece of cardboard covered on one side with a thin sheet of horn, and surrounded by a frame with a handle. Through the covering of the horn the little boy could see the alphabet written on the cardboard in both large and small letters. After these would come rows of syllables to help him in learning to pronounce simple combinations of sounds. Probably last on the sheet there would be the Lord's Prayer, which he must be taught to say without mistake.

Children with Hornbooks

Hornbooks are not what we would think of today as a book, for it was made of a piece of cardboard covered…

Two students drawing geometrical shapes on the chalkboard. A student is also using a scale while students sitting at desks take notes.

Geometry

Two students drawing geometrical shapes on the chalkboard. A student is also using a scale while students…

Thoth-lunus is the Egyptian God of letters and all learning.

Egyptian God, Thoth-lunus

Thoth-lunus is the Egyptian God of letters and all learning.

A boy doing math homework with help from his father and a meter stick. His mother helps his younger sister with her homework, using alphabet blocks.

Homework

A boy doing math homework with help from his father and a meter stick. His mother helps his younger…

An illustration of a scene from the story, Princess Elvira's Three Trials. "The wisest teachers in the kingdom were called to the palace to give of their learning to the princess." -Lewis, 1920

Princess Elvira

An illustration of a scene from the story, Princess Elvira's Three Trials. "The wisest teachers in the…

A girl sitting on a bench reading a storybook.

Reading

A girl sitting on a bench reading a storybook.