This spring the students in Grade 3 and 4 had the opportunity to go to Black Creek Pioneer Village. They dressed in period clothing and spent their day as pioneer children would have. The students have been learning about pioneer life in class and this was a perfect way to finish off the unit.
They went to the school house where they had to bow or curtsy to the teacher at the beginning of school, as well as sing the National Anthem. In class they practiced handwriting on a slate board, had a spelling bee, played with pioneer toys and learned that proper posture was practiced by girls and boys.
During this trip the students also visited the general store, Half Way House Inn, Stong family house, doctor’s house and the workshop.
Other headlights of the trip included carting and spinning wool that was then used in the loom for weaving. The students learned an authentic dance from pioneer times. The children enjoyed dressing up in period clothing and imagining they were back in the 1800's.
At Olivet School, fieldtrips are an important part of the learning process. Lessons taught in class are supplemented through frequent trips. Fieldtrips in the past have included live theater, the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Royal Winter Fair, Harbourfront Centre, apple picking, Science Centre, Young People’s Theatre, Toronto Island and much more.