Preschool Educational Programs

Old Stone House Museum Preschool Educational Programs

This school year the Old Stone House Museum invites you and your two-to-six-year-old children to join us in unique educational programming. This educational pilot program is offset by grant funders and the museum for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021.  Leila Nordmann, Associate Director of Museum Education, will deliver programs about the museum and its history at your childcare center or preschool.  Please contact Leila Nordmann for availability to lead these programs at your site.

Hands on History

Pick from these three half to hour long programs for this fall:

    • Squash can be fun to weigh.

      Measuring and Weighing with Squash: Using fall fun items like squash and pumpkins, children will think about their relative size and weight while learning how to grow squash, seed to fruiting body.  Two balance scales, simple rulers, and the book From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer are part of this interactive presentation.


    • Learning with Chalkboards: Vermont is full of rocks and a certain types of
      Chalkboards were once always made of slate.

      these rocks help us do things.  With real slate, pieces of chalk, and wool, children will experiment on what you can do with a chalkboard. Why was it an amazing piece of technology? We will talk about the supposed inventor of the chalkboard, Samuel Read Hall back in 1814.  He was considered the first person to use the technology in the United States who lived right here in Brownington, Vermont. The book: A Rock Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas will be part of this presentation.       



The Old Stone House or Athenian Hall.
    • Building with Granite: How do you build something larger than you? The Old Stone House built by Alexander Lucius Twilight out of heavy granite is one of those feats.  We will talk about the myth of how he built the Old Stone House by hand with only the aid of an ox. With play foam blocks, children will try to solve the problem of building something larger than themselves. This presentation will include pieces of granite, small wooden building blocks, and foam blocks.


These Educational Programs are FREE Thanks to Support From: