23 May 2012 WE SCRAP: July 7th Hornbooks w/ Cathy Miranker
WE SCRAP! Workshops for Educators:
Creative Reuse Projects for the Classroom
The idea is to present creative reuse projects that tie into the curriculum and use materials offered at SCRAP’s teacher material give-aways.
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Hands-on History: Teaching Kids to Make a Hornbook
presented by Cathy Miranker
July 7th, 10am – 1pm fee: $15
This is a great project for helping kids exercise their historical imagination, and understanding what it was like to be a child centuries ago.
A hornbook was what children of the 14th through 18th centuries (including youngsters in colonial America) used to learn their ABCs. It wasn’t really a book at all: it was a sheet of parchment or paper handwritten and later printed with the alphabet, phonics and a prayer, mounted on a small, wooden, paddle-shaped board and protected by a thin sheet of transparent animal horn that was attached with metal strips and nails. (The first picture shows a real hornbook.)
A replica hornbook is an easy-to-make project that’s suitable whenever Colonial America pops up in your curriculum. The larger of the two replicas pictured to the right is good for younger students. It consists of a piece of stiff paper held inside a plastic sheet protector by brads and attached to a wooden paint stirrer! How easy is that?! The smaller one, more historically accurate in shape, is cut from cardboard. The written sheet is held in place with clear sticky-backed plastic. And four brads secure strips of gold-colored paper that mimic the metal used in real hornbooks.
We’ll adapt SCRAP materials to come up with our own replicas, and you can take home everything you need to repeat this in the classroom. Plus, Cathy provides a wealth of background info to make your lesson easy to plan. Participants will be presented with an instruction sheet including a list of California Content Standards that this project fulfills as well as a classroom package of materials for this project.