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Main Street Fourth-Graders Step Back In Time, Celebrate Colonial Day

Tinsmithing was one activity Main Street School fourth-graders enjoyed during the annual Colonial Day celebration.
Tinsmithing was one activity Main Street School fourth-graders enjoyed during the annual Colonial Day celebration. Photo Credit: contributed

IRVINGTON, N.Y. -- Main Street School fourth-graders went back in time to the 1600s, as they churned their own butter and wrote with quill pens during the annual Colonial Day celebration, on March 10.

Donning traditional period clothing -- complete with ruffled shirts, hats and bonnets -- students participated in activities such as writing with quill and ink, tinsmithing, churning butter and playing colonial games. As part of the fourth-grade curriculum, teachers prepared their students for the celebration by teaching them the history, customs and leisure activities of colonial times.

"It was a fun, educational day," fourth-grader Jake Epple said. "We're going back in time and doing stuff that people did back in the day. Writing with a quill pen is helping with our cursive writing. Today, you'd go to the store to buy butter, but they had to churn it back then and even though it wasn't perfect, it was still good."

Teacher Mary Ellen Fortini said Colonial Day is a great experience because the students bring their learning to life in a different way and engage in hands-on activities. "By going through these different experiences, it's giving students a different perspective of how people lived before," she said. "We want them to understand that the hardships we have today are very different from the hardships in the 1600s."

Fortini said she hopes the students have come to learn more about colonial culture and traditions and understand how people make decisions, interact with the environment, and seek solutions to problems.

"Colonial Day was such a tremendous success because of all the parent volunteers, whose support at every station made all the difference in the experience for our students," Principal Joyce Chapnick said.

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