Go West Young WomanClass # 31 Grades: 3- 4- 5
Girls, do you ever wish you could have lived in the “Olden Days?” Do you dream about being Laura from Little House on the Prairie? Do you wish you could learn more about the life of Native Americans? Well, let’s step back over a hundred years ago as we visit Gibb’s Farm, Gammelgarden Musuem and Kelly Farm and fulfill your dreams. We’ll learn how pioneers and Native Americans helped each other. We’ll learn the hardships and joys of the early Swedish settlers and make a typical Swedish craft after enjoying a Swedish lunch. We’ll do chores, just like the pioneers, such as making hardtack, candles, butter, and soap and feeding farm animals. We’ll be designing our own pioneer town and making a journal for recording our adventures.
Rhonda Lajko eagerly returns for her fourteenth year at Summer Academy. Retired, Rhonda taught gifted and talented students in Columbia Heights for many years. Mrs. Lajko enjoys the opportunity of teaching the students at Summer Academy the history and practical life skills of the pioneers. She graduated from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN and has a Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education from the University of Minnesota. Mrs. Lajko grew up on a farm in West Central Minnesota, attended a country school and learned many pioneer skills from her family.