Londonderry students try their hand at pioneer living
Students Owen Barth and Jessica Stewart tried their hands at “shaving,” Colonial style, during the Pioneer Living program at Londonderry South Elementary School on Friday. (APRIL GUILMET/Union Leader Correspondent)
For the 100 or so third-graders at Londonderry South Elementary School, learning what their ancestors' daily lives may have been like took a bit of ingenuity on the parts of their teachers and a dozen parent volunteers.
In the days before electricity, doing one's laundry was quite the workout, as student Owen Barth soon learned.
"This is pretty hard," he declared.
Across the room, classmate A.J. Jackson was getting a workout of a different sort, as he ground cornmeal into dough, later rolling out the dough and placing it into cast-iron molds.
Making their way around the gym, the children also tried their hands at panning for "gold," playing with old-fashioned wooden toys, stringing Native American beads and combing out wool fibers to make fabric.
"They're having a lot of fun with this," she said.
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