MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- For one lighthearted day, Columbus Elementary School fourth-graders stepped back in time recently and learned about living in the American Colonial era in the 1700s.
An in-school Colonial day experience by Adventure Game, Inc, included costumed activity leaders who came “in character” to explain how life long ago was lived.
With the help of many volunteer parents, they turned classrooms into historical stations that mirrored the daily work and play of early American settlers.
Dressed in period clothing, students transformed into ‘ladies and gentlemen’ and took on the jobs and chores of real colonists. They tried their hand at churning butter, spinning wool and candle making — necessary tasks that would have taken up a good part of their day back then.
Student "colonists" enjoyed learning the art of stenciling and tin-smithing, which they found much easier to master than writing their names with a quill pen.
A strict school marm kept even the most fidgety students in their seats and on their best behavior.
She made sure the ladies knew their basic lessons, however the gentlemen received quite a rigorous education, as they would be responsible for leading the nation one day.
There was time for fun, too, as the students played games and learned to dance Colonial style.
The Colonial day program by Adventure Game, Inc. supports the current social studies curriculum as well as the state learning standards for the arts.
And as evidenced by the students’ excitement at the end of the day, their understanding of this living history lesson will surely stay with them long after their textbooks are handed in.