Ole Fashioned Day at Fairley

Fourth-grade student Dylan Ritchie, of Sarah Schumaker’s class, in the gymnasium that was set up as a museum on Ole Fashioned Day.
Fourth-grade student Dylan Ritchie, of Sarah Schumaker’s class, in the gymnasium that was set up as a museum on Ole Fashioned Day.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Students in fourth grade at Fairley Elementary recently took part in Ole Fashioned Day, a school tradition for 42 years.

The fourth-graders have been learning about what life was like in Colonial America.

Ole Fashion Day brought the English language arts modules to life as students navigated a museum of antiques in the gymnasium, learned to square dance in a classroom “barn” and got their lessons in a one-room schoolhouse.

The day began with a morning assembly featuring bluegrass music. Then students moved onto classroom stations, where they drank a spot of tea and played colonial games.

Members of the Hannibal Historical Society helped in the one-room schoolhouse, where students were addressed as “master” and “mistress” and asked to spell words from their lesson aloud.

If a word was spelled incorrectly, the student was asked to write the word on the blackboard several times for memorization purposes.

Students “misbehaving” were sent to the corner and made to wear a dunce cap, a punishment once used as discipline in schools.

Prior to Ole Fashion Day, fourth-graders learned of the different jobs both children and adults held prior to the 21st century.

They wrote their own historical fiction narrative and made help wanted ads for trades like carpenter and shoemaker.

Parents joined in the fun after dismissal, and were treated to lemonade and homemade cookies.

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