Skip to main content

Where we are in place and time: Pioneer Life

The central idea of this unit is that there are similarities and differences between the way people lived long ago and the way people live today.

The Earth Group is exploring the life of a pioneer and these are the two short videos we watched:

The children noticed how different life was for children in the pioneer times. Sasha said "they had no time to play."  Life was not only different in day to day living but also in the houses they lived in.  We compared our houses to the one room pioneer home.  "There's no toy room" remarked Kamy.  The children were in disbelief when we talked about not having an indoor bathroom or electricity.

Our conversation of having no electricity led us to look at how pioneers preserved their food.   One method of preservation was hanging fruit to dry.  The Earth Group has hung apples and are patiently waiting to eat them.  

Squeezing lemons to prevent the apples from
browning.
Working together to string the apples.
How long until the apples are ready to eat?




Comments

  1. Maybe play looked different then. Maybe it was more integrated into the life of the family. I often wonder about these things too so I am so glad Sasha brought this up. Thank you Sasha.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Say Hello

Verdi: Catapults

Verdi, a young python, does not want to change.  The last thing he wants his to turn from his beautiful yellow to boring green. Verdi tries to change his colour back to yellow by scrubbing his skin and then covering it with mud. Nothing works.  He notices that the sky is bright yellow just like he used to be. Verdi launches himself from the treetops certain that his flight will change him back to yellow.



How did Verdi fly through the air? What a great opportunity to learn about catapults. Elastics and popsicle sticks were the only materials need to build a catapult.  First the children, used plastic snakes to sail through the area.  It was delightful to hear the excitement and the laughter as the children made  their "Verdi" fly.




I asked the children which would travel farther; a plastic snake or a pompom.  Most of the children though the heavier item, the snake, would travel a further distance.  The children were amazed at how far and how high a pompom could move.


Verdi