Have you ever wondered what it was like at school 300 years ago? We did. Our class read about how people who came across the ocean in large ships from places like: Germany, Ireland, England, Scotland and Japan.
Where might some of these pioneers have travelled from?
We also learned about pioneer’s food, clothing, shelter, and chores and compared them to our life today. We discovered that children had chores like: making butter in a churn, collecting nuts to feed the pigs, collecting rocks for their fireplace, helping harvest the vegetables and fruit and helping plant the garden. We decided their chores were a lot harder than ours!
Pioneer children had oatmeal and nuts for breakfast. They ate food that they made themselves or grew in a garden. Today we buy most of our food from the store.
The pioneers had to cut their own trees to built log cabins. They used mud and moss to fill the cracks to keep wind and rain out. They did not have drywall and plywood like we do today.
Our Pioneer Day started with our desks having been put in rows. The smartboard was not on and we had a message on the front board. We had chalk and chalkboards on our desks. We did our spelling quiz on our chalkboards.
We shared our stories about pioneers with our little buddies. Before recess we started making bread. We had to mix it then we kneaded it and put it in a warm oven to rise. After an hour it had risen to twice its original size! While it was baking, we made our own butter. First we put cream in a small jar, then we shook it for about 15 minutes until it transformed into a yellow ball, BUTTER! Lastly, we drained off any excess cream from our jar. When the bread came out of the oven, we spread our butter onto it and ate it. It was delicious! In the afternoon, we used a hammer and nail on a tin foil plate to make pictures.
We had lots of fun. Would you like to try some of these activities? Which ones?