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School Field Trips


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Grade levels: 1-5
Hours: 9:30am – 2pm
Cost: $10 per student

Children and adults participating in the Little Red Schoolhouse program are provided with period costumes and given a brief orientation on their roles. Our 19th century style Schoolmaster or Schoolmistress will lead the students through a variety of challenging and fun activities similar to those which were a part of a child’s school day early in the 19th century – quill pen writing, spelling bees and math drills. Using copybooks and slates to do their lessons, students will top off their day with old-fashioned games. The children take home their quill pen and copybook as well as a certificate of attendance as a keepsake of their experience. All participants should bring a lunch, if possible, in a basket or tin pail as was common in the 1800s.

Grade levels: 1-5
Hours: 9:30am – 2pm
Cost: $10 per student

Using several restored antique buildings as their learning laboratory, 3rd grade students are provided with period costuming and guided through a variety of hands-on activities similar to those which were part of the 19th century child’s workday. Students will have the opportunity to cook over the fireplace, dip candles, receive an introduction to textile arts, apprentice at the Blacksmith Shop, peg shoes and practice quill pen calligraphy. After lunch, all students participate in a half-hour 19th century class in the Schoolhouse to round out the day and enhance their learning experience.

*Each child should bring an apple for the cooking component of the program.

Grades: K-12
Hours: 9:30am – 12pm
Cost: $9 per student

Students participate in four dynamic activities designed to stimulate their senses, focused on presenting the children with a comprehensive view of the chores and activities experienced in the daily life of an average child in the 1800s. Learning is encouraged and enhanced through creative thinking; problem solving; visual, verbal and tactile skills; and folklore and oral history. Activities vary by season and may include any of the following: making a copybook and writing in it with a quill pen; dipping candles; cooking over an open hearth; exploring the Village during a scavenger hunt; and doing the laundry!

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