‘Laurapalooza’ a hit at The Red School


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Fourth graders at Turtle Creek Elementary School enjoyed learning about the settlement of Wisconsin and life on the U.S. frontier when they participated in “Laurapalooza” at the Red School between Sharon and Darien.

Teacher Michelle Turner and Jan Berezowitz, a former Gifted and Talented coordinator, lead the students through lessons taken out of the page of an 1870s history book, when author Laura Ingalls-Wilder (Little House on the Prairie series) was growing up in Wisconsin and heading westward across the largely undeveloped country.

It was the second Laurapalooza ever, and first held in a 19th Century one-room school house, which was opened for the day for student use.

Students and teachers dressed in period clothing, took their seats, folded their hands and began an authentic one-room school house lesson complete with slates, chalk, wool “erasers,” feather pens and ink.

They learned reading, writing and arithmetic, sang songs popular in the period, played period games (hoop rolling, three-legged races, sack races and wheelbarrow races), made ice cream by hand crank, and learned about spinning wool to make yarn.

Students got an old-fashion taste of school and learned lessons that can help them now and throughout the 21st century.

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