Active Learning for understanding the lessons of the past for the present and future.
Active learning is the foundation of Moore Museum’s education programming. Students do not merely follow tour guides past glass showcases as one traditionally envisions a museum. Instead, students are actively engaged in activities which promote a deeper level of understanding. They fetch water in wooden buckets and do laundry on a scrub board, to discover the challenges of settler life. Students make rag rugs from scrap materials to explore the sustainable lifestyle of the settlers. They make food to bake in the wood stove to learn how settler families lived. They visit with the settlers in their homes and attempt cursive writing with quill pens in the one-room schoolhouse.
This experiential form of information gathering plays a valuable role in the social studies inquiry process. Moore Museum programs are especially beneficial in connection to the continuity and change concept of social studies thinking. As students interact with first-person “pioneer” interpreters in historic buildings, surrounded by artefacts, they are able to compare various aspects of their lives to those of early settlers.
Moore Museum programs are a valuable resource in meeting the expectations of The Ontario Curriculum in Social Studies, as well as in other areas, including:
• Environmental Education (2017) including sustainable living and the impact of the environment in a different time
• The Kindergarten Program (2016)
• The Arts
• Science & Technology
Connections to the curriculum are noted for each program.
Many programs are designed for use with grade 3 Social Studies Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, 1780 – 1850. Additional curriculum connections also enrich the experience to make these suitable for split gr. 2/3 and 3/4 classes. For example:
- Drama B 1.1 role playing
- Science and Technology Understanding Life Systems 3.3 - ways animals are helpful to humans
- Science & Technology – Understanding Life Systems: Habitats and Communities 3.10 – human dependence on natural habitats
There are also active living components to our programs, including being physically active through outdoor work activities during “Busy at Home”, or through outdoor games with “Childhood Memories”.
Price for any one program is $4.50 per student. Teachers and parents accompanying the group are admitted free.
For the “Life in a One-room School” program offered in your classroom, there is a mileage charge of $0.47 per kilometre, in addition to the $4.50 per student charge.
All programs must be booked in advance.
For smaller groups, the minimum charge is for 10 students.
Moore Museum has ramp access to all buildings used for programs, and accessible washroom facilities.
Programs can be adapted to meet the needs of your students and your curriculum topics. Just give me a call and I would be pleased to assist you in any way possible.
For more information, or to book a program, please call:
Laurie Mason, OCT, Curator