November 14, 2016

MASON, OH – Mars Hill Academy third graders recently celebrated the pioneer era of American history as depicted in the book, Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  In celebration of completing the book, they held a “Prairie Day" celebration which began with a trip to the “cabin in the clearing,” an 1800’s cabin located in Keehner Park, West Chester.  Dressed in period costumes, students made homemade butter, created dolls from cornhusks, and played 19th century games such as “jump the river” and “red rover.”  The day ended with an old-fashioned hoedown and sing-a-long.

“Prairie day is one of our third graders’ favorite days of the year,” shared Mars Hill’s third grade teacher Mrs. Traci DeBra. “We immerse them in the period and let their imaginations run with hands-on crafts, activities, music and authentic food.”

Photo: Mars Hill Academy third graders visited an 19th century cabin in Keehner Park, West Chester, as part of their Prairie Day celebration.  Students dressed in pioneer era clothing to celebrate the popular Laura Ingalls Wilder Little House books.