Second graders traveled back in time this week during our class field trips to the Israel Crane House. Second graders are beginning to study towns in social studies, so exploring a special historical place in our town of Montclair helped us to kick off this town unit. Children began the trip by making a living timeline. They learned what transportation, communication, and daily life were like hundreds of years ago. Next, they explored the historic Crane House. Highlights included visiting a working kitchen, where they tried their hands at a butter churn and made an imaginary "bucket brigade" to put out an imaginary fire. Lastly, children enjoyed experiencing life in a schoolhouse, practicing "reading, writing, and 'rithmetic" under strict rules. A visit with the chickens capped off our trip back in time. Special thanks to all of our parent chaperones for making our field trips possible!