(for Grades K – 6)
Two separate indoor programs available:
- Grades K – 3 (“The Mennonites: Then and Now” meets criteria for General Learning Outcomes C, I, D, L, T, and G)
- Grades 4 – 6 (meets criteria for General Learning Outcomes I, D, L, T, G, and E)
Program is similar to outdoor Hands-on program in summer:
- Program runs from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
- Children dress in vests and aprons depicting simple wardrobe of early Mennonites
- Explore life of Mennonite immigrants from a child’s perspective
- Activities emphasize the role of a pioneer Mennonite child within family and community
- Five areas are highlighted in each program: Migration, Home, Work, School, Play
Activities will vary for different grades and may include the following:
- Listening to a story (illustrated with large pictures) of a pioneer family while snowed inside their semlin (sod house). Weather permitting, story may be told inside the semlin.
- Packing a trunk with replica items for Mennonite immigrant family moving from Russia to Manitoba in 1864.
- Writing on a slate with slate pencils in a Mennonite private school setting.
- Learning to write with quill pen and ink in Mennonite private school setting.
- Watching spinning wool and/or learning to quilt a comforter.
- Carding and spinning wool, darning socks, braiding rugs.
- Making a handkerchief toy (“kodda pup”).
- Playing traditional Mennonite circle games.
- Learning to use and handle wood working tools.
- Learning to do laundry on wash board and mangle.
- Learning to bake biscuits (schnetje).
- Optional - wagon or sleigh ride (weather permitting).
Schedule and instructions will be emailed prior to visit.