This curriculum adapts well to both independent learning and multi-grade groups (e.g. in families or home school association groups for a term).
Learn about the First Nations and pioneers living in the Southern Ontario and Eastern Ontario areas during the late 1700’s to mid-1800’s in a hands-on and visual project-based curriculum! Easy-to-use and lots of fun!
What to Do With This Book:
As this book gets taken apart, the student makes a personal scrapbook to show Canadian history. He or she reads the lesson, makes a title heading for the page, and does any accompanying activities (e.g. handwash an item of laundry, dry some apples, cover a horseshoe with foil). There are notes to paste in, map work, charts, photos, and drawings. This curriculum includes exquisite fold-out pen/ink cardstock models of a pioneer church, schoolhouse, and general store by D.W. Emke, other pictures with information to glue in, simple art or craft projects, and opportunity to study your own area history.
Supplies to gather: a package of blank scrapbook paper (your colour choices; we like using the 12 x 12″ square paper), water-based paints, wool or woollen yarn, popsicle sticks, stickers and/or a picture collection for cut-and-pasting “decoration” on the lesson pages (the pictures should resemble pioneer life… you can get these from tourism brochures of pioneer villages, etc. at your local Chamber of Commerce or tourism kiosk, old calendars, old greeting cards, a seed catalogue, magazines that have old-fashioned photos in them or things like old fences, old buildings, antiques, etc.). You also need household items such as basic baking ingredients, soap, aluminum foil, thread, fabric scraps, apples, whipping cream, lemon or apple cider vinegar, and a wee bit of honey. Hint: Encourage your children to clean up after themselves.
Optional: a piece of leather string, castor oil (to feel and smell – commonly sold today as “fish oil” capsules that can be cut open), cranberries, an old sock, beeswax (link provided). Of course, maple syrup and lots of storybooks are great additions to this pioneer study too!
Other important things to know about this curriculum:
This curriculum is available in a PAPER version ONLY! (We have chosen not to publish this curriculum in an e-book format due to the challenges of printing both the photographs which are used in the scrapbook projects and the 3-D pen and ink drawings which are double-sided.)
This is a consumable book. EACH student needs his or her own copy. It is NOT reproducible.
There are 2 editions available. The second edition was updated with additional photographs to use and some minor changes. “Scrapbook-Style Curriculum Designed for Primary/Junior Levels” is the second edition and has a picture of a pioneer girl on the cover. (In contrast, the first edition has a winter scene of a river.)