‘CHILD LIFE IN COLONIAL DAYS 1899
Alice Morse Earle
The religious aspect of the life of children, especially in early colonial days, particularly in New England, formed a far deeper part of their life Spirit of the Lord, perhaps I should say the fear of the Lord truly filled our days. Born into a religious atmosphere, reared in religious ways, surrounded on every side by religious influence, they could not escape the influence of deep religious feeling they certainly had a profound familiarity with the Bible. Historian green says that the Englishman of that day was a man of one book, the Bible. There were few American children until after the revolution that read from any book save the Bible, a primer or catechism and perhaps a hymn book or an Almanac.
EDUCATION OF WOMEN
While the education of the sons of the planters in all the colonies was briefly provided and supported, the daughters fared but poorly. The education of a girl in particular was deemed vastly less important than her instruction in household duties . It was felt that she should read and write a little and learn some arithmetic.