Log Cabin School Programs:
Children’s Chores: first grade
Visit an authentic 19th century log cabin where students are invited to experience the world through the eyes of Michigan’s pioneer children. A lively presentation will engage students’ imaginations, and hands-on activities will provide them with an opportunity to immerse themselves in typical daily chores. Butter making, egg gathering, hauling wood, carding wool, weaving on a small loom, shouldering a yoke, and seasonal activities may all be part of this exciting educational program. Teachers must provide the supplies to make butter. Children’s Chores is not available December through March. Program duration 1.5 hours. Designed for 15-30 students.
The Poppleton School Programs:
Family & School: first & second grade
This program is a combination of Children’s Chores and One-Room School. In the log cabin, an interpreter will highlight family tasks such as gardening, cooking, and sleeping. Children will participate in several chores; butter-making is available by request only. In the schoolhouse, “Miss Post” or “Mr. Norton” will lead the children through classroom activities. Taking the names of historical Troy pupils, students will write on slates, experience lessons from McGuffey’s Reader and Ray’s Arithmetic, and play a recess game. Students will spend one hour in each building discovering 19th-century life. Offered September-November and April-June. Program duration 2 hours. Designed for 30-60 students.
One Room School: second to fifth grade
Students will experience a day in a 19th century one-room school. They will use the names of real children who were registered at Poppleton School. A museum interpreter, portraying “Miss Post” or “Mr. Norton,” will conduct lessons prepared from McGuffey’s Reader, Webster Speller, and Ray’s Arithmetic. Students will also participate in oral lessons on history and “experience” the punishments that would have resulted from misbehavior. Students may enjoy coming dressed in old-fashioned clothes to feel the part. Program duration 1.5 hours. Designed for 15-30 students.
Poppleton School: first to eighth grade
Students relive a day in a one-room school of the late 19th century in rural Michigan, along with their teacher who is responsible for preparing and conducting his or her own lessons. Teachers decide for themselves what they want to include in their day. The readers, spellers, and arithmetic books that are in the schoolhouse for students to use during the program are available for teachers to borrow ahead of time. (We require a deposit, refundable when the books are returned.) The school is available to you from 9:30 am – noon or from 12:30 – 3:00 pm. If a longer day is desired, it is also possible to “double book” this program from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Seats 15-40 students. Homeschool groups welcome.
Field Day (3 or 4 Sessions): second to fifth grade
Field Day provides students with an array of history lessons aimed at developing an understanding of life in nineteenth and early twentieth century Michigan. Teachers choose three 45-minute activities, each of which combines a presentation with a hands-on experience. If you’re not sure which activities will best suit your students’ needs, ask for advice when you make your reservations. Select from:
Program duration 3 hours, including a lunch period. Field Days finish at 1 pm. Designed for 45-90 students.
Candle making – Learn about sources of light and candle making in early pioneer days. Dip a souvenir beeswax candle.
Pioneer life/Butter making (fall/spring only) – Explore the log cabin and learn about pioneers in Michigan in the early 1800s. Make butter to taste.
One-room school lesson – Experience a typical child’s school day in 1880 through role-playing in the schoolhouse.
Old time toys in the general store – Learn about the general store in rural communities. Play with wooden toys and make a toy to keep.
Tin punch – Discover the tinsmith’s story, his tools and products. Complete a “tin-punch” project to take home.
Life 100 years ago (3rd grade and up) – Contrast a child’s modern life with that in a ca. 1915 home. Explore typical furnishings and items.
Print shop (3rd grade and up) – Observe how printed materials were mass-produced in the past. Make a poster on the proof press.
Primary Sources (3rd grade and up) – Discover how historians learn from artifacts and other primary sources and care for important museum collections.