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June 7, 2013

Chores with Goody

Pupils take on tasks in lesson on colonial life

Third-graders at East Gloucester Elementary School learned recently how to their counterparts in Colonial Massachusetts lived.

“Goody Claflin,” a staff member and others from the Wenham Museum in Wehnam helped the pupils experience what home life back then with hands-on experiences.

The children ground spices, churned butter, dipped candles and learned about a family’s daily household chores using colonial reproduction household tools.

They also used a quill and ink to practice writing as a colonial schoolchild would, used weights and measures with the yoke, and played traditional games of the period.

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