Sunday, September 30, 2012

Life in the Village


Black Creek Pionner Village September 2012

Four days of learning through the lens of 1860.

A one room schoolhouse was all that once was needed in the country side of many places years ago. In 1860 school was a structured place of learning and character building. Foundations were solid biblically and carried out daily. Arriving on horseback or foot would obviously be the norm. For us we arrived in our vans, SUV's and cars and quickly transformed into a pioneer family. I still recall the reaction Chris had when he saw me in the pionner attire for the first time, "Wow, Mom you look different!" Thanks son!!! He he he!!! I giggled because it was truly a plain dress, but suitable for 1860!
My  Dad loves to recount stories of his schooling in Lloydminster Saskatchewan. He had a school very similar to this one. He would arrive on horseback cold, wet, tired and hungry. School had not even started yet! One stove and few texts. We take forgranted the curriculum choices we have today for sure. One will always remain accessible, true and unchangeable- the Bible.
We began our day with God save the Queen, The Lord's Prayer, and A Mighty Fortress is our God. These moments brought me back to the days when we said the Lord's Prayer in school. Later changed to a moment of silence. God has been ushered out. It was great to start our school day with God first!

Oh Katie....she tried to be a quiet student. To no avail. She just had ants in her pants!!

Katie leading recess break!

Friends and memories!


Discipline in full force!!! Well, for fun anyway!

Fresh bread made right there and butter also freshly made, mmmmmm.

Thankful for Mrs. R! She organized it all!!

Heading home after a long hot day...

We learned a basic waltz/dance that was accompanied by a fiddler in our group! So fun to watch and for those dancing the laughter just kept on going.

Standing, lots of standing and waiting until you were allowed to sit.
The teacher made sure you were clean!! Ready to learn.

Bringing the past into our life is a crucial component to our school on a daily basis. So living it was even better! We were living history and experiencing all the village had to offer. Instead of just a two hour tour, we had four days to live and breathe it all. From the Mill to the print shop.
Thanks to all the moms working to make it possible!

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