On Thursday May 3rd, the grade 3 students from St. Ann’s Ancaster celebrated Pioneer Day. Pioneer Day is part of the School Bells program offered by the Brant Historical Society, Myrtleville House Museum. Students had an opportunity to travel back in time to 1880 and discover what life was like in a one room schoolhouse!
In the School Bells Program, students can step back in time in their own classroom and learn through role pay. Students obeyed the strict rules of the one room school house and received a traditional reading, writing, and arithmetic lesson from that time period. From drawing and labeling a bean plant to a traditional spelling bee, these lessons taught the students what it was really like in a one room school house.
Students enjoyed writing on slate boards, and dressing up in the traditional dress of children in the 1800s. As well, students prepared “pioneer style” lunches with foods and snacks typical of pioneer families in the 19th Century and packaged in the same manner.
Pioneer Day is designed to bring learning to life as students experienced first-hand what the life of pioneer student was like.