Connolly Connects with the Past

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Fourth-graders at Connolly Elementary School took a trip back to Colonial times with several hands-on activities that highlighted life during the era. Representatives from the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities visited the school and educated the students on rope and lantern making, as well as quilting. Classes rotated through all of the events, enabling fourth-graders to get a better understanding of the Colonial period through applied learning. All of the activities supported the students’ regular classroom social studies curriculum, currently focused on Colonial times.

“It gives the children hands-on experience in learning about the past,” said Joan McGee, Director of Education for SPLIA, noting that the students were also able to connect the projects with Colonial life, gaining clearer insight on how each item contributed to life during the time period.