Even though Laura didn't attend school until after her voyage on the Roman, her mother was teaching her to read when they left Edgartown. The primary school subjects taught were similar to today: Arithmetic, Spelling, Reading, Grammar and Geography. It was Helen's task to see that Laura practiced these subjects during their days together on board the Roman and on land in Honolulu. They were, however, only a small portion of what Laura would observe and learn on the voyage. Handiwork activities that Helen did, like knitting and sewing, provided Laura with many useful skills.
Martha's Vineyard Museum