Monday, May 23, 2016

Growstown Field Trip

The English classes of Grades 4,5, and 6 recently visited Growstown Schoolhouse, a 'living history' schoolhouse located in Brunswick, where students participate in a day of school during the nineteenth century where the date wasn’t 2016, but 1853. Students prepared their costumes at home and brought appropriate lunches for the time period. 

While at the school, they participated in spelling, reading, memorization, geography, singing, and art, all while writing with a quill pen and ink. Arithmetic was skipped due to the fact that some of our scholars received 'punishments' for bad behavior. (Of course these punishments were not deserved; they were part of the 'acting'.) These punishments included noses to the chalkboard, wearing a cap in front of the class, and hanging by braids!  This may sound frightening, but our scholars enjoyed these ancient punishments!

Students also participated in recess by skipping rope and playing games that were enjoyed by students during the nineteenth century. And of course, don't forget students also used the privy, or outhouse, when needed.

 The Growstown trip was certainly a special and memorable day and will be cherished by all.