Education Programs – Social Studies
The 5 buildings on site include the Visitor/Community Centre, two 19th century schoolhouses, a log cabine, a barn, and Victorian farmhouse restored to the 1880’s. The adjacent Vandorf Park provides excellent picnic and playground facilities for classes spending the day at the Museum. Indoor eating facilities are available year-round.
THEMED TOUR OPTIONS:
EARLY SETTLER TOUR Runs Autumn & Spring Spend time exploring the growth and development of a family farm in the 1800s. Examine the differences in 19th century life by touring our Pioneer Log Cabin and Victorian Farmhouse. WINTER TOUR Runs January to March Imagine life as it was in the 19th century in the cold winter months as you tour through our Pioneer Log Cabin and our Victorian Farmhouse. Discuss winter responsibilities, dangers and social activities necessary to the Early Settlers and Victorians. A NINETEETH CENTURY CHRISTMAS TOUR Runs late November to mid-December Enjoy the holiday cheer in our festively decorated Pioneer Log Cabin and Victorian Farmhouse while discussing the differing traditions of the Early Settlers and the Victorians. SEASONAL HOLIDAY CRAFT Get in the holiday spirit by discussing gift giving while creating up to two holiday crafts! Offered in conjunction with A Nineteenth Century Christmas Tour.
VICTORIAN KITCHEN Join us in preparing seasonal foods in our Victorian Farmhouse kitchen. At the end of your visit everyone will have the opportunity to taste-test the delicious foods that your students have prepared. When booking please inform us of any food allergies. Please add $30.00 supply cost. PAPER PLAY Challenge your students’ artistic abilities by creating Victorian paper pastimes like paper piercing and scherenschnitte (German paper cutting). SPINNING & WEAVING Educated your students on the complicated process of pioneer clothing production. Learn to card wool, watch a spinning demonstration, and practice weaving on a cardboard loom! DISCOVER FIRST NATIONS This program introduces students to life in a First Nations village, specifically the early 16th century Wendat village that was located in what isnow Stouffville. Turtle craft component included.
TO BOOK A PROGRAM:
Select 1 Themed Tour & 2 “Hands-On” options for a full-day program. $10.00 per student. Select 1 Themed Tour & 1 “Hands-On” option for a half-day program. $6.50 per student.
Our Outreach programs have been designed to complement the curriculum and your course of study. In each one-and-a-half to two-hour program, experienced staff will bring artifacts, materials, and activities directly to your classroom.
SPINNING AND WEAVING Participants discover how pioneers met the basic need for clothing and are encouraged to make comparisons between production technology for pioneers and for modern times. Students first discuss the process of obtaining fleece and preparing it for use in textile production. Using both group and individual activities, the class has the opportunity to improve dexterity and artistic skills through hands-on experience through wool carding and a weaving craft.
LIGHTING Through discussion and demonstration of items (as appropriate) from the Museum’s collection, students trace the historical progression of different modes of lighting from the sun through to electricity. This program encourages students to utilize inquiry and investigative skills. Students draw conclusions about the societies that used these different types of lighting devices and gain an awareness of community and technological advances. The program concludes with a lighting oriented heritage craft. This program is history, not science, based.
19TH CENTURY CHRISTMAS Using artifacts to enhance the presentation, staff lead a class discussion on Early Settler and Victorian Christmas traditions, including food preparation, decorations, social and religious activities, development of commercialism, and gift giving. An appropriate craft concludes the program.
DISCOVER FIRST NATIONS Using artifacts and reproductions to enhance the presentation, staff lead a class discussion focusing on life in a First Nations village, specifically the early 16th century Wendat village that was located in what is now Stouffville. Turtle craft component included.
* All programs are based on the Ontario curriculum and are suitable for Grades 1 – 3.