Learn what children use to study in the 1920’s, and how subjects like geography and reading have changed. See what types of books kids used in school, learn how they brought their lunch and ask the ‘school marm’ about what jobs the students had to keep the school running.
Room One: A Mystery or Two by Andrew Clements – a modern-day novel about Ted, a 6th grader, attending a one-room school in a small, rural town.
The Secret School by Avi - historical fiction, set in 1925, highlights a 14-year-old girl who secretly takes over as teacher at her one-room schoolhouse.
Other one-room schoolhouses in Kansas City:
Visit the only museum dedicated to the history of World War I in the United States. Learn how soldiers would fight from the trenches, see what would happen if a howitzer shell hit a house, and use a light table to create your own memorial.
By this age, most kids will have had some mention or discussion of wars at school. Ask your child what they may have learned, and what they may be interested in seeing at the museum.
If you want to visit the Observation Tower, call the museum to make sure it's going to be open (it closes in inclimate weather).
The Family Guide, found on the Museum's website, has a scavenger hunt for kids, along with puzzles.
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Explore the many buildings at the National Agriculture Museum and Hall of Fame! Kids can learn how bees help provide us with food, explore interactive exhibits on milking and farming, tour the buildings to see farm equipment and do farm chores or ride the miniature train.
The National Agricultural Center has several buildings that you can visit.
"Farmer Boy" by Laura Ingalls Wilder - This is the story of Almanzo Wilder as a boy who grew up on a farm in New York. Kids will enjoy reading about the various responsibilities that children had on a farm, along with what they did for fun in the late 1800s.
"Our Farm" by Michael J. Rosen is the real-life story of one family's life as they farm together. The story is told by the children and explains the kid's activities on the farm throughout the seasons of the year.
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Do you think that you might be President some day? Visit the Harry S Truman Library & Museum to learn more about what a President does. You can explore some interactive exhibits, make a campaign button, learn about President Truman as a young boy, and find out if you can walk as fast as Harry Truman walked (120 steps a minute)!
Become a National Park Junior Ranger by visiting the Harry Truman Historic Site.
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Come experience what it was like to be a pioneer and travel the trails! Help decide what travelers would pack in their wagon, read diary entries from kids who followed the trails west, and see wagon swales from years ago.
Before Your Visit:
Make a Pioneer Quilt: http://www.thecraftyclassroom.com/CraftPioneerQuilt.html
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