Matthew A. Perry: Heritage Farm gives children a fun place to learn
As a history teacher, I respect anybody or any attraction that can make learning about the past fun. That is the great passion of all history teachers — to connect our students to the past in a fun and educational way; which is precisely why Heritage Farm Museum and Village is so unique to my family and hundreds of families throughout the Tri-State.
Heritage Farm does a fantastic job of facilitating learning in an exciting and fun manner.
Recently, my wife and I took our children for kids day, and I had the opportunity to observe how much fun hundreds of kids had while learning about science, history, animal care and dozens of other cool topics.
While a history nerd like myself was drawn to the vintage railcars and trucks, there is something for everybody. It was a teachers’ day out for my family and others as we met at the farm. Taking the opportunity to talk to educators of smaller children, I asked three local teachers their views on the value of hands-on learning at the farm. Local elementary school teacher Mindy Roark spoke about how great the playground is at Heritage Farm.
“My sons Bentley and Chase loves it here. It is an educational experience; they have simple machines here that teach as they play. This serves as a foundation for their science classes for years to come,” she said.
Special educator Janna Meyers took her three young children, Ella, Quinn and Connor, to the farm and was so impressed with the learning involved for all ages and levels. “I think that it is a really entertaining place for them, for kids of all ages. And the kids days provide great activities for a great cost,” she said.
Preschool teacher Amy Perry, along with her three children Gracie, Lilly and Reid, talked of the importance of young children learning with their hands.
“When we come to Heritage Farm, the kids get to learn with their hands, and they don’t even realize they are learning,” she said.
Indeed a place for everyone Heritage Farm is a real gift to the community; we can take our kids and students to learn with their hands and learn what life was like before our time. There is no better form of learning than stepping into the past and getting your hands dirty.
Matthew A. Perry is a history teacher at C-K Middle and writes about the odd side of history at www.theoddpast.com.