Third grade students from Johnson Creek Elementary School have wrapped up their Apple Valley unit with many fun activities. Students have learned about pioneer life through: Pioneer Day, sponsored by The JC Historical Society and Friends of Our School, traveled back through Johnson Creek History with a village tour led by C.J. O’Neill, visited the JC cemetery, and learned about life as a one-room schoolhouse teacher from special guest Eileen Campbell (grandmother of student Tyler Skogman).
The journey through time continued on Friday, May 22, when third grade students stepped back in time to the Civil War and pioneer times. As a conclusion to the unit, students visited the home of Joseph Philbrick Webster and the Blooming Prairie School House. At the Webster House, students were guided through the home and museum of Joseph Philbrick Webster. Here, students had a chance to see what a home looked like during the pioneer times and discussed the differences between then and now. Students also saw a mounted bird collection at the Webster House, a doll collection of Celia Kutil, as well as a miniature replica of the Westgate Mansion that once was in Lake Geneva.
Students also had the opportunity to visit the Blooming Prairie School House, where they were able to turn back time and become students of 1889. As students entered, they were dressed into costume by 2 teachers that played the part of 1889 teachers. They then sat at old school desks and learned about the differences of school back then. Students had the opportunity to participate in reading, math and arithmetic lessons using old spellers, readers, and slates. Each student participated in sharing with the class their answers with a curtsy or a bow. To wrap up the day, the top graduation point winners for the unit gave graduation speeches to their classes. It was such a fun and exciting day and really allowed the students to experience life in the pioneer times.