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Ole Fashion Day Kicks Off Unit on Colonial America

Students in fourth grade at Fairley Elementary recently took part in Ole Fashion Day, a tradition at the school that began 42 years ago.

The fourth graders have been learning about what life was like in Colonial America.

Pictured is fourth grade student Dylan Ritchie, of Sarah Schumaker’s class, in the gymnasium that was set up as a museum on Ole Fashioned Day.
Pictured is fourth grade student Dylan Ritchie, of Sarah Schumaker’s class, in the gymnasium that was set up as a museum on Ole Fashioned Day.

Ole Fashion Day brought the ELA modules to life as students navigated a museum of antiques in the gymnasium, learned to square dance in a classroom “barn,” and got their lessons in a one-room schoolhouse.

The day began with a morning assembly featuring bluegrass music. Then students moved onto classroom stations, where they drank a spot of tea and played colonial games.

Members of the Hannibal Historical Society helped in the one room school house, where students were addressed as “master” and “mistress” and asked to spell words from their lesson aloud. If a word was spelled incorrectly, the student was asked to write the word on the blackboard several times for memorization purposes.

Students “misbehaving” were sent to the corner and made to wear a dunce cap, a punishment once used as an article of discipline in schools.

Prior to Ole Fashion Day, fourth graders learned of the different jobs both children and adults held prior to the 21st century.

They wrote their own historical fiction narrative and made help wanted advertisements for trades like carpenter and shoe maker.

Parents joined in the fun after dismissal, and were treated to lemonade and homemade cookies.