When History Comes Alive

Yesterday my education class lead a program at the Farmers’ Museum for students with down syndrome and other special needs. My classmates and I developed a series of hands-on workshops in the historic village surrounding the theme of farm life. The decade-long partnership between CGP and Pathfinder Village provides opportunities for students like me to plan and implement meaningful experiences for learners of all kinds – all while having a ton of fun!

What a beautiful fall day! CGPers and Pathfinder students enter the historic village to begin their programming – a three session morning consisting of workshops in music, food, and medicine! (Photo Credit: Pathfinder Village)

Students attended a music workshop in the village’s historic church, where they played percussion instruments and learned a song about barn animals. Pictured: CGP student Rebecca O. with a Pathfinder student (Photo Credit: Pathfinder Village)

Next stop was the medicinal garden, where students got to smell and touch different types of herbs. This activity employed many of the senses and allowed for exploration through a hands-on approach.

Pictured here are myself and a Pathfinder student working together to assemble a satchel of herbs collected in the garden (Photo Credit: Pathfinder Village)

Our final stop for to visit CGP student Jeana G. at the Moore House. We learned to make butter by singing a butter song and shaking it out! The results were gluten free and delicious!

But what would a trip to the Farm be without a ride on the NY State Carousel?! Students from CGP and Pathfinder enjoyed spending the morning learning and exploring together – what an amazing experience from start to finish!


About catebay

Informal educator working in the world of art. Interests in public programming and community advocacy. Loves learning about people, collecting blue mason jars, and consuming Swedish fish.
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