BRATTLEBORO -- Looking to make history come alive for the youngest students? The Tasha Tudor Museum has developed new children’s programs to help educators immerse their students in the world of early American life, the cycle of New England seasons, and the picture book art of author, illustrator and early American lifestyle icon Tasha Tudor.
The museum is looking to partner with area schools, child care providers, aftercare programs, and other educational groups serving Kindergarten through fourth grade to test the free pilot program.
The 60-minute free program, "Around the Year," is based on the Tasha Tudor picture book of the same name. A museum guide dressed in early 19th-century garb will read the book aloud as it takes students through the traditions and activities of a rural New England year. Special attention will be given to Tudor’s distinctive pencil and watercolor illustrations with wreath-like borders of branches, wildflowers, wildlife, and fanciful 1830s objects such as sleighs, Christmas decorations and dolls.
The museum guide will lead a brief discussion using directed and open-ended questions to help students connect personally to the material and make connections to their classroom studies. The guide will then facilitate an activity based on the book.