- Kit Kittredge
- Margaret Kittredge
- Jack Kittredge
- Charles Kittredge
- Stirling Howard
- Ruthie Smithens
- Louise Howard
Only in Kit Learns a Lesson
Chapter by Chapter Summary
Chapter One: Messages
Chapter Two: Pilgrims and Indians
Chapter Three: Spilling the Beans
Chapter Four: Kit's Hard Times
Looking Back: School in 1934
Discusses education and the condition of schools during the Great Depression. Topics covered:
- The separation of students into different grades and individual classrooms, and the subjects they studied at school.
- Financial problems schools faced, with many schools not being able to repair conditions and afford to buy new books and supplies.
- Ways schools tried to save money, from cancelling special programs to lengthening school holidays and shortening the school year.
- The rural families who moved to California for better jobs and better lives, and how the constant disruption affected children's education.
- Consequences the Great Depression had on teachers' salaries, resulting with some to go unpaid for months or having to board with their students.
- Other ways schools tried to further down expenses, including firing married teachers in order to hire single teachers who were supporting their families.
- Ways teachers helped students affected by the Great Depression, such as coordinating food and clothing drives or working with charities.
Items associated with Kit Learns a Lesson
Chapter Four was published in the Nov/Dec 2000 issue of American Girl Magazine under the title "Kit's Hard Times."
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