at Washington Irving's Sunnyside
Grades: 6-8 | Program length: 2½ hours
Admission: $9 | Group limit: 120
A story, a letter, a house, a painting - all serve as primary documents for students to analyze and interpret as they learn about childhood in the mid-19th century. During this four-part program, students tour the home of Irving and his family, participate in a discussion of 19th-century fashion, play 19th-century parlor games, and discover how their peers communicated without the benefit of email or cell phones. On the tour, students look for objects that reveal clues to 19th-century games, toys, and children’s literature. During a lively conversation, students observe paintings to discover 19th-century children’s fashion and answer questions about how gender influenced dress. There will be an opportunity to handle and try on period accessories. To practice reading and writing skills, students decipher a thank you note written by Irving’s great-niece and then compose their own formal correspondence.