Settler Children

Grades: Kindergarten – Grade 3
Booking: All Year

Have you ever wondered what life was like for children before running water, school buses, and video games? Step into the lives of the Good family’s 10 Children and experience the life of a settler child from traditional chores to fun and games.


The Settler Children Program is designed to introduce students to the lives of the Good Family Children. Stepping back to a day in the life of an early settler child will allow students to compare their lives with the day to day challenges facing the people who founded our community. Students will tour the historic house and learn about the children’s role within it. Baking in the historic kitchen is a hands-on learning experience that will teach how early settlers fed their families. Finally students will practice a variety of traditional chores while discovering the gender roles of the early settlers as well as how daily activities were done without things like running water or electricity.


  • 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.
  • Participate in visual arts activities using a variety of materials.
  • 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.


Curriculum Requirements:

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.
  • A3.4 students will describe some significant traditions and celebrations of their families, their peers, and their own communities, as well as some other communities in Canada.
  • 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.