Each year the students at Greenwich-Lenhartsville Elementary School are provided with the unique opportunity to experience what life was like in colonial times. This year’s Colonial Days celebration was held on Friday, Nov. 18.
For one day, Greenwich-Lenhartsville Elementary School is turned into a colonial village. Students in grades K through 5 participated in a number of activities all involving some aspect of colonial life. Park rangers and volunteers from Valley Forge National Historical Park brought trunks of colonial garments allowing our students to dress in the clothing that children in colonial times would have worn, and they taught our students to play colonial games.
In other centers, the children created tin punch ornaments, created drawings with stencils, and made whirligig toys.
Students also learned that potatoes aren’t just for mashing! The highlight for many students was making and sampling potato candy as it was made in colonial times.
Students made their own colonial “selfies” in the form of silhouettes, and they also created paper quilt squares that were tied together to form quilts.
We are truly grateful to all the volunteers who spent their day providing our students with authentic learning experiences. A huge thank you as well to 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Melissa Blatt for her time and effort with organizing this wonderful event.
What better way to teach our children about the colonial era than to have them live it. It was truly a day to remember.