Using Power Point (not in period), I questioned them about pioneers schools and then showed them several pictures of former schools in Nepean Township. I told them some funny stories from my book “Perseverance Pranks & Pride – Tales of the One-Room Schoolhouse” and explained about using outhouses. They were quite intrigued by the ‘strap’ and even wanted me to ‘let them have it’! Everyone had a chance to use slates and slate pencils, and then practice their writing skills using nib and ink pens (a little messier).
Kalle, from the Nepean Museum, used the pioneer “What’s it Kit” to teach about important aspects of pioneer life outside of the one-room schoolhouse. The children then had the opportunity to make some pioneer crafts including paper dolls, cat’s cradle and a Thaumatrope (new word for the day).
The afternoon finished by having the children participate in various games outside including Hop Scotch, marbles and skipping.