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18th Century Living and Learning

by Chris Cain
May 2, 2019

The annual tradition for 3rd Graders at Miller School is to visit the Holliston Historical Society for 18th Century Days.

 

The annual tradition for 3rd Graders at Miller School is to visit the Holliston Historical Society for 18th Century Days.

The students were transported just a short distance geographically and back in time about 300 years.  The full day's agenda included: Hearth Cooking (pancakes, for snack); Cross Stitch; Candlemaking; Education (Reading, 'Riting, and 'Rithmetic); Clothing; Stenciling; Herbs; and Fun and Games.

Terri Chamberlain, the event organizer for the Historical Society, was assisted by several parent volunteers.  Terri, and many of her volunteer helpers, wore 18th century garb to add to the flavor for the day.  Actually 18th Century Days spans four school days to fit in all the traditional and French-immersion students.

Volunteer Melissa Armento shares the colonial uses and smells of various herbs.  This space gets the award for the best smelling.

Mareourn 'Bo' Yai and Lindsay Buonomano keep the weavers supplied with yarn.  It's not easy to get the wooden shuttle in and out of every space!

The 'Fun and Games' segment included: Buzzsaw (you know it as a button on a string that spins); Ring Toss, Hoop rolling, and Game of Graces (not a derivitive of Game of Thrones).

18th century stenciling techniques yielded these decorative lunch bags.  (Too bad my picture is blurry.)

Terri shared that back when 18th Century Days began (in the 20th century), it was a more instructor-led experience for the students.  It has become a much more hands-on experience (as seen above) to capture the boundless energy of 3rd graders.  I'm sure that Terri and her helpers were tired after a full day of 3rd graders.  For Terri, she needs to conjure up the energy for three more days back in the 18th century.  

Thank you to Terri, her helpers, and the Holliston Historical Society for making the learning so real for our students.

 

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