I had the honor of attending “Trinityburg” at Trinity School of Frederick last week. Tots2Tweens hosted a “Meet a Mom Live” gathering at the school.
Greeted by Head of School Barbara Cartwright and Cindy Piazza (the Director of Marketing), I was led into the gymnasium which had temporarily been turned into a mini-Williamsburg. The 4th grade students were not only dressed in period garb, but were also standing in front of facades of buildings they had helped to enhance to match their chosen professions.
Each student was required to choose their profession and throughout the last few weeks in most of the classes they attended, they learned all about the time and the person. Many of the “props” that the students used were on loan from local families whose history traces back almost as far as the colonists. Some of the props came from families who have reenactors in them. And finally, many of the props have been given to Trinity School of Frederick and they now have these items as part of their “library.”
Sandy Lehnert, the Grade 4 teacher told me that the students start with learning about Maryland history first and then move on to the colonists. In art class, they made signs for their building fronts announcing who they were. The students visited the actual town of Williamsburg and saw their studies come to life.
They even learned a dance from the time period. Complete immersion. There is nothing greater than getting an education and having it come to life from the pages of books. These kids were excited. And engaged.
It was a refreshing morning with the students. I am looking forward to next year’s class!!