Life in Colonial America
About California Program
Grades 4 - 8
This program provides a snack and 2 take home crafts for each student.
It was a bewildering prospect; all Americans united by common principles and choice, to form a free and independent government. The delegates of the Continental Congress debated for months over recommendations that all Americans could support and yet with a limited constitutional framework to serve as their guide. Perhaps, it was best said in Thomas Paine’s own words, “Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it.” In the end, Paine’s arguments helped many colonists to decide that a complete break with Great Britain was the only solution. On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by a newly appointed American Congress.
Amidst the fight for American Independence, the people of the colonies worked hard to sustain their homes and trades. As students and teachers gather on the school’s field, the assembled militia will be formed into regimental companies. Here students will speak with the inhabitants of the colonies who will reveal their own perspectives and contribution to the war effort. You’ll explore the various domestic necessities from a housewife and help to prepare food in a colonial kitchen. Work beside a tradesman, dipping your own candle and learn about sourcing wax. Line up to enlist in our local militia, training is to commence promptly and learn the fine art of soldiering.
What to Expect
Students are introduced to a variety of workshops and activities led by colonists from the late 18th century. Throughout the day, you will stay with your company and rotate to various stations within a designated time frame. This content rich program will have students expend excess energy as they perform hands-on activities at several stations and provide follow up materials that align themselves closely with the standards of Common Core.
Program Activities May Include:
Join the militia and learn to march in formation
Write with a quill pen and ink
Visit with a colonial housewife
Learn food preparation and techniques
Journey cake making
Setting a table and the social role of food in the 18th century
Learn from a chandler
Dip your own candle to take home
Play 18th century games
Make a historical toy to take home
Time: Start times may vary, depending on school schedule. A customized schedule will be made for your program.
Dates: Mondays - Fridays during the following months:
Winter & Spring: (January - June)
Student Cost: $15.00
Chaperones: Teachers must stay with their class for the duration of the program.
Additional chaperones are welcome. All teaching staff, school assistants and chaperones are free.
Policies & Payment
Please complete and send our Reservation Request Form below for full company policies and payment. You may also call our main office for questions regarding program details and reservations.
Teachers: Adults are responsible for the behavior of the group and are required to supervise and stay with students at all times during their visit with Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard.
Deposit: A $250 non-refundable deposit is due within 30 days of field trip registration. Program dates will not be held if deposit is not received within 30 days. The remaining balance, after subtracting the $250.00 deposit, will be due the day of your field trip. We recognize that student numbers can and do change, so fees will be adjusted based on the number of students attending up to 2 weeks prior to the day of your tour. We regret that we are not able to accept purchase orders so please plan to pay by cash, check or credit card when you arrive.
Weather: Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard field trips take place rain or shine. Please encourage your class to dress appropriately for outdoor activities. Some activities may be used under outdoor shelters and multipurpose rooms.
In the event of severe weather... During heavy rain or severe weather Stone Soup Farm may cancel your field trip the day of the tour by calling the phone number you provide. If Stone Soup Farm cancels your field trip due to severe weather, we will make every effort to reschedule your group on an alternative date.