Photos: Living History Through Revolutionary War Encampment

Crompond students marched in their ranks, carried muskets, bags, set up tents, "fought a war" by singing songs and took various workshops to learn more about what life was like during that time period.

Students at  got to live through the Revolutionary War period on Tuesday as they participated in the largest encampment at their school.

Dressed in uniforms, the fourth grade students marched in their ranks, carried muskets, bags, set up tents, "fought a war" by singing songs and took various workshops to learn more about what life was like during that time period.

By "living history," students not only learn the material they're taught in the classroom, but also remember it.

Living History is a method of teaching that is based on immersing the students into various historical settings. They experience it first hand by wearing the clothing, doing the daily chores, such as food preparation, marching or home industry.

On Tuesday, students participated in workshops, such as tin making, colonial songs, colonial cooking and gardening, military artillery, medicine, espionage, and sewing. Students also kept journals of their experiences. 

"This hands on experience gets them a little closer to reality," said Lana Sinagra, who was one of the parents helping at the event. "They're part of that time now. I think it stays with them longer. This generation, it will help them so much, especially in the world today and how we continue to fight for the freedom of our nation."

Their teacher John Pastore, who has been organizing the encampment for the last 10 years, got the idea through a former professor of his while he was taking a graduate course, "Teaching the American Revolution." Since the first encampment a decade ago, only 20 students could participate, but the interest in student participation has skyrocketed. 

Pastore said he wanted the kids to see how colonists battled and overcame enormous odds to gain the freedom that we all enjoy today.

Fun facts:

  • Students were given their ranks based on good behavior, listening and helping skills
  • Parents and staff members assisted in roping off areas for camp and making lunch
  • The Sewing Committee sewed some of the kids' costumes. 
  • Principal Ken Levy was dressed in his role of General George Washington

Check out the photos above for scenes from the Revolutionary War Encampment at Crompond School. 

For more information about the Living History Foundation and experiential learning, click here.

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LaMigra May 09, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Our enemies children are learning how to make suicide vests and IEDs while ours sing songs and play make believe. It's ony a matter of time before they are watering their camels in the Hudson.
Josh Semendoff May 09, 2012 at 05:19 PM
Not sure I agree at all with LaMigra. Really great photos here and a really interesting day at school!
Michelle Varela May 09, 2012 at 07:17 PM
What a stupid comment. Seriously.
Kelly Satya May 11, 2012 at 05:54 PM
Hi, LaMigra. Just curious: How many times have you traveled outside of your home, home town, home state, or the USA? How many languages do you speak? How often do you read books, regard paintings and sculptures, or listen to music produced by artists and thinkers who aren't from among the few snugly situated in your seemingly limited comfort zone? What do you do in your day-to-day life to build peace? Wat do you do in your day-to-day life to add to the cultural, structural, and direct violence in the world? If you are not actively working to build peace then what in your character makes you a "good guy" rather than an "enemy"? Now is a good time to water your heart in the Hudson. There is still time to heal that shriveled stony organ nearly devoid of life into a blooming loving humane presence. Give it a try. A wide-open heart and a commitment to peace is a heck of lot more fun that a chest filled with venom and a mind trapped in deeply racist feedback loop. You can do a lot better than this. I know you can.


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