2018-2019 School Program

View our 2018 / 2019 School Program Brochure.

Plants, Animals, and People in the Environment                      
Grades 1 to 4
Role up your sleeves, it’s time to get outside and get to work!  We’re digging deeper into the natural world relationships that our planet relies on. Depending on the grade level of your students, some of the activities we have to offer include: gardening, making medicine from plants, using mini-microscopes to examine soils and plants, tending to our vermiculture box, pumping water & water filtration, and more.
Science and Technology: Understanding Life Systems, Understanding Matter and Energy, Understanding Earth and Space Systems
Social Science: Heritage and Identity
Two hours (this program can be combined with others to make a whole day visit)
Maximum sixty students. Available Fall and Spring 

Feathered Friends  
We keep kids hopping around in this popular program. We look at the stages of development inside the egg, do some birdie-style dancing and drama, predict and measure egg weights with a scale, and of course visit our baby chicks, which all makes for a great time.
The Kindergarten Program 2016
One and a half to two hours
Maximum seventy students. Available March to May                                            

Patterns and Puzzles 
Grades 1 to 3
We’ll show you why quilts are more than something to just throw on your bed! Symmetry, shapes, design, and storytelling are all rolled up into this hands-on puzzle-solving program.  Students work together to layout different quilt patterns, learn why Waterloo Region has a rich history of stitching together, and get a sneak peek at a selection of this year’s MCC auction quilts. 
Math: Patterning, Geometry and Spatial Sense, Measurement
Visual Art: Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts
Social Studies: Heritage and Identity
Two hours (this program can be combined with others to make a whole day visit)
Maximum sixty students. Available in May.

The following programs are offered year round:


We’re singing songs, telling stories, and having old fashioned fun that the Schneider children would recognize.  Math, language, and art are interwoven into the activities of this program that takes place in our historic farm house and yard.  During fall and spring months we incorporate outdoor activities in our gardens as well.                               
The Kindergarten Program 2016
Two hours
Maximum sixty students

Schneider Family Rules                 
Grade 1

Costuming up and stepping back in time and into the role of a Schneider child from the 1850’s, your students will learn firsthand about the changing roles and responsibilities at home and in the local community, then compared to now. As we tour from room to room, and throughout the site there is always work to be done; cooking in the kitchen, grinding coffee in the pantry, helping with the laundry, and putting the baby to sleep.
Social Studies: Heritage and Identity; Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities
Two hours (this program can be combined with others to make a whole day visit)
Maximum sixty students

It’s Tradition!
Grade two    
Food, clothing, music, celebration, and ceremony are all things we have in common, but do so differently. Through a Mennonite perspective and hands-on activities, this program explores common elements that thread through most cultures.  We’ll get your students involved in a Working Bee; in the fall time we focus on apple activities (making cider and dried apple pieces called "schnitz"), and in the spring we shift to wool processing.Social Studies: Heritage and Identity; Changing Family and Community Traditions
Two hours (this program can be combined with others to make a whole day visit)
Maximum sixty students

Canadian Communities               
Grade 3
Students are given the chance to learn about and experience what early settlement was like for the many immigrants who would come to call Canada home. Through hands-on activities, and with a focus on the Mennonite population that still makes this region unique, students are divided up into activity groups and take part in one of three specific activities; rope-making, sewing, and cooking.
Social Studies: Heritage and Identity; Communities in Canada 1780-1850
Two hours (this program can be combined with others to make a whole day visit)
Maximum sixty students

A Matter of Change             
Grade 5
Through the act of making bread we’re stirring up a discussion about science and settlement. This program is a great hands-on opportunity for Grade 5 students to experience a common activity of early settlers, as well as people from everywhere around world still today.  Chemical reactions, changes of state, and how heat (through fire) affects matter is made evident, as students produce 3 types of bread (Pennsylvania German Rye, Irish Soda, and Indian Chapatti) for sampling!
Science and Technology: Understanding Matter and Energy
Social Science: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada
Two hours
Maximum sixty students

Mennonites Past and Present 
Grade 6
Students are given the opportunity to learn more about the Mennonite community that Waterloo Region identifies so uniquely with. We explore past and present connections between this cultural group and others from early Canada to today.  Activities will vary with the seasons and reflect topics such as foodways and agriculture, medicine, tools and technology, and commerce.
Social Studies: Heritage and Identity; Communities in Canada, Past and Present
Two hours
Maximum sixty students

Challenge and Change 
Grade 7 and 8
1800 to 1900 was a time of great change for Canada.  We can’t go back in time, but we can examine it. Focusing on a key transitional period in Kitchener’s history, students will discover and prioritize the necessities required to survive a first winter, work with timber-framing and shingle-making tools, and investigate changes in technology through handling historic objects and artifacts.
Two hours
Maximum sixty students

German Language and Heritage   
Grade 9 to 12
Pennsylvania and Continental German heritages collide as we discuss how these groups interacted when Kitchener was Berlin. Students touring the historic house are given opportunities to stop and take part in a number of activities such as cooking, woodworking, and singing that allow them an interactive experience related to these unique cultures.
Language, History
Two hours
Maximum forty students

The Schneider’s as New Canadians  
English as a Second Language / English Language Learners
This program is a great opportunity to practice conversational English in an interesting and interactive, locally significant historic setting. Suitable for high school and adult ESL / ELL classes, this program is an excellent introduction to the customs and culture of our Pennsylvania-German Mennonite family, who were one of the first settler groups to arrive in Waterloo Region. Basic level language is used to discuss life in the nineteenth century.
One and a half hours
Maximum forty students

Customized Programs
Interested in a certain skill or craft?  Perhaps something in our public programming has caught your interest?  We’d love the opportunity to work with you to create something new!

A Trunkful of Treasures – Outreach Program
Multiple grades

Our costumed staff will bring intriguing artifacts and lively activities to you! This visit is designed to spark conversations that relate to what is being taught in you Social Studies classes, specifically relating to Heritage and Identity. Students are encouraged to make connections to their own life experiences and their community.
Social Studies: Heritage and Identity
One to one and a half hours
Maximum thirty students per session