19 Grove St. ~ PO Box 58 ~ Peterborough, NH 03458 ~ 603-924-3235 

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District #8 Schoolhouse

Who: 2nd grade, mixed-age home school groups

When: September- October, May- June

Cost: $4/student


Spend the morning going to school the old-fashioned way! Students will enjoy learning about school as it was in the 1850s in our one-room schoolhouse. Seated at period-style desks, the children adopt the identity of an actual child who attended the District #8 school. During the 1 ½ hour program, the students are given the chance to write with a quill pen, read using a literacy tool called a battledore filled with letters, words and stories and take part in a variety of other 19th century lessons. The program ends with a chance to play 1800s century recess games.

This program addresses the following objectives from the ConVal Scope and Sequence and the NH History Curriculum:

  • Read text that demonstrates phrasing, expression and attention to punctuation
  • Examine maps to understand where things are located
  • Participate in group discussions to generate facts
  • Tell about what was learned by indentifying and recalling important facts
  • Make inferences about cause and effect
  • Outcome 4A: Explore a topic by posing questions and making observations
  • Outcome 8A: Give examples of the effects of technology and how people used technology in the past

The Robbe Family Kitchen


Robbe Family KitchenWho: 1st grade, 1st & 2nd grade combined classroom, mixed-age home school groups

When: October- November

Cost: $4/student

Students visit the Robbe Family Kitchen, a period room based on the William Robbe family home in 1785 to learn about cooking and family life in the early days of the Monadnock Region. During the 45 minute program, children engage in a number of activities that challenge them to build vocabulary, use their personal experience and prior knowledge to make comparisons, illustrate their learning and develop chronological thinking.

The program opens with children “making” a stew by brainstorming foods they think were available in the 1700s. Using various artifacts to stimulate discussion, the group learns what our ancestors ate and how they prepared their meals.

Many classes enjoy an artifact drawing session as an additional activity. The children have the opportunity to sketch an object in the room that they can use to create a classroom booklet illustrating the visit.  Activity materials are provided.

This program addresses the following objectives from the ConVal Scope and Sequence and the NH History Curriculum:

  • Vocabulary building
  • Illustrating what was learned
  • Comparing to personal experience and prior knowledge
  • Focus Question #2: 4A – explore a topic by posing questions, making observations…
  • Focus Question #8: 8A – give examples from their own experience and community of how technologies affect people and how people use technologies.
  • Standard 1. Chronological Thinking – Distinguish between past, present, and future time.