Tea, shortbread, queen’s cake and lemon tarts were some of the items on the menu at A2 Charter School on Wednesday, February 13, as students interpreted their recent learning by re-creating a colonial tea party. Six different stories about children who grew up in Virginia in the 1700’s were the basis of a study of Revolutionary America. Students came to school dressed as characters from the books they had read, performed plays about the key ideas expressed in the books regarding life in colonial times.
Teachers, Kathy Nelesen and Sandy Spatt facilitated the experience that the children planned, prepared, and executed. Music from the time played in the background as the students sipped tea and exchanged information with the other guests about their colonial selves. Toasts of “Long live the King” were met with suspicious stares and little enthusiasm, while “Give me liberty or give me death” led to rousing cheers.
When asked to reflect on the day, students reported gaining insight into colonial life through the experience of role playing children of the time. “There were so many things that girls couldn’t do back then just because they were girls, like being a doctor,” commented Natalie Dulmes. “It’s a lot better today.”
“I think that the punishment for people who were accused of crimes were horrible. People could be killed for horse stealing,” stated Maddie Griessmeyer.
Jacob Grabowski learned details about a slave’s life. “Their houses had dirt floors and that must have been very uncomfortable, especially in the rain,” he said.
“And if their owners thought they did something bad,” Hannah Schaefer added, “Slaves could be beaten or even killed.”
“I think there were many people who really paid attention to the government and how it affected people’s lives,” commented Miguel Guevera.
“Sometimes eleven year old children tried to be in the militia,” supplied Steven Yang.
“The world has changed in so many ways. There even wasn’t anything as simple as a water fountain,” concluded Destiny Born.
A2 Charter School is a school for independent, self-directed fourth and fifth graders. It shares facilities with Jackson Elementary School at 2530 Weeden Creek Road on Sheboygan’s south side. Families interested in learning more about the school for their student should call 459-0949 for information.
Gabriel Guevera, Noah Miesfeld, and Lindsey Horen raise a tea cup to freedom at the colonial tea party.
Steven Yang and Natalie Dulmes took part in a play about a child growing
up in colonial America in the days leading up to the Revolution.