Going to School
Available at the Museum or as a Rentable Kit
Recommended for Grades 2 through 5
Locations: Grandma Moses Schoolhouse and/or Paresky Education Center
Find out what it was like to go to school in the 1800s. At the museum, students begin by exploring our recreation of an early 19th-century schoolhouse (in the Grandma Moses Schoolhouse) and looking for similarities and differences between it and their own classrooms and schools. Our museum educator leads a discussion about 19th-century education using the students’ own observations as a guide. Throughout the course of the discussion, students participate in learning by rote, “making their manners,” and may become subject to the dunce cap. The program ends with a final lesson in penmanship as the students practice writing with quill and ink. For those students completing the project early, we are prepared with letter-making or story-telling games, depending on the grade level.
This program is also available as a rentable kit. The kit contains most of the materials that are used in the on-site program as well as background information and activity suggestions.