Harvest Moon

Grades: Kindergarten – Grade 3
Booking: September – November

Join the Myrtleville House Museum in “bringing in the sheaves” this fall as we prepare for the long winter ahead. Students will have the chance to investigate the harvest season by participating in a series of hands-on traditional harvest activities such as baking apple cookies, and pressing apple cider.

Program Description:
The Harvest Moon Program is a hands-on educational adventure that explores the busy harvest season of the early settlers. Students will study the cycle of the seasons and how these seasonal changes affected daily life in the past. The origins of traditional fall activities such as harvesting crops, making apple cider, and baking fall flavored treats will be explored. Students will enjoy a fall themed tour of the historic house and workshop, and baking cookies in the historic kitchen. Assisting us with our preparations for the long winter ahead such as making cider, and shelling and grinding corn will be a highlight of the trip.

Curriculum Requirements:


  • Use play as a means to further their learning in the areas of problem solving, mathematics, science and technology, the arts, language and to continue developing social skills.
  • Communicate effectively by listening and speaking.
  • They will practice listening, speaking and responding to fellow classmates.
  • Show awareness of the passage of time.
  • Participate in games or experiment with toys that include counting and numbers and require balance, co-ordination, perceptual skill, and spatial awareness.
  • Express their own thoughts and share experiences.
  • Compare the leisure activities of the early settlers to entertainment today.
  • Recognize the museum as a special place within the community and understand its function.

Grade One

Social Studies

B3 Understanding Context: The Elements of the Local Community

  • B3.1 Identify some of the natural and built features of their community by recognizing the importance and role of a museum in the community.

Science and Technology

Earth and Space Systems: Daily and Seasonal Changes
  • 1.1 Assess the impact of daily and seasonal changes on human outdoor activities and identify innovations that allow for some of these activities to take place indoors out of season.

Understanding Matter and Energy

  • 1.2 Describe how the everyday lives of different people and other living things would be affected if electrical energy were no longer available


Grade Two

Social Studies

Heritage and Identity Changing Family and Community Traditions

A1: Why Traditions Change

  • A1.1 Compare ways in which some traditions have celebrated over multiple generations

A3: Understanding Context: Tradition and Heritage

  • A3.5 Demonstrate an understanding of simple chronology
  • A3.6 Identify ways in which heritage is passed on through various community celebrations and events

Grade Three

Social Studies

Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada 1780 – 1850

A1. Application Life in Canada Then and Now

  • A1.2: Compare some of the roles of and challenges facing the people in Canada around the beginning of the nineteenth century with those in the present day.

A2: Inquiry: Community Challenges and Adaptations

  • A2.1 formulate questions to guide investigations into some of the major challenges facing different groups and communities in Canada from 1780 – 1850.
  • A2.2 Gather and organize information on major challenges facing different groups and communities and on measures taken to address these challenges, using a variety of primary and secondary sources.

Science and Technology

Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Plants

Understanding Basic Concepts

  • 3.7 Describe the different ways plants are grown for food.