Education Programming

At this time Fanshawe Pioneer Village is not offering our traditional on-site education programs due to COVID-19 restrictions at the museum.


Fanshawe Pioneer Village is offering new digital programming options for teachers who are teaching in-class or remotely. Choose either a Live Lesson delivered by our museum staff using Google Meet or Microsoft Teams or one of our Google Slide Lessons that can be delivered by you to your students.

Please find below information and descriptions on each program and the current available presentations.

To inquire about booking please contact our Education Coordinator at
Bookings subject to availability. Please provide us with the following details when you inquire:

  • School:
  • Grade:
  • Number of students:
  • Contact Phone Number:
  • Contact Name:
  • Which Digital Lesson you are interested in(please see Lesson options below):
  • If booking LIVE option what preferred day of the week and time of day (approximately 1 hour in length):
  • If booking Google SLIDES option what day do you want access (access for 30 days):

We also have lots of great activity suggests for students learning at home in our “Museum at Home” section that was create earlier this year. This includes links to activities, a link to our YouTube channel and our Fanshawe 360 Experience that lets you see inside some of the buildings at the Village.

Program Fees

Fanshawe Pioneer Village would like to thank the Westminster College Foundation for funding to develop our Digital Education Programs.

  • Through this funding schools in our local boards and the London region are able to access this program FREE of charge for the 2020/2021 school year.
  • There is a $60 fee (per class/up to 30 students) for Live Lessons for schools from boards outside our region. Please contact us to find out more information.
  • Our Google Slide resource is free for all schools, but must be booked for access.


Live Digital Lesson:

These programs are approximately 60 minute live presentations designed for teachers with in-class students or remote learners. The live lesson is presented using either Google Meet or Microsoft Teams depending your school’s permissions. (Other platforms can be requested.) A Fanshawe Pioneer Village staff member will share information on various topics connected to the museum with time included for students to ask questions throughout.

Presentations will include:

  • A demonstration or presentation using artifacts from the museum’s collection
  • Question and Answer Period
  • A suggested follow-up craft or activity *These will be discussed at booking depending on classroom/student resources*
  • Some programs include pre and post lesson ideas.


Ask a Pioneer

Do your students have a lot of questions? Then this is the presentation for them!

Teachers will work with our Education Coordinator to plan this lesson. Students will be asked to submit questions to their teacher so they can be share with us in advance. Our Education Coordinator will then prepare answers and find artifacts in the museum’s collection to show students during the LIVE Lesson.

  • This lesson works well to cover many topics or themes your class has been discussing or themes you might not have had time to expand on.
  • It is an excellent wrap up to a lesson or overall unit.
  • It allows us to tailor our conversation and answers to your class.
  • Depending on the number of questions submitted this lesson can be lengthen or delivered over 2 sessions.

From Sheep to Sweater

Discover how early settlers acquired, made, and looked after their clothes, as well as the hard work that goes into making wool items.

During the lesson:

  • Students will discuss the different materials available to settlers in this region for making clothes.
  • They will see a demonstration on how yarn was made out of wool.
  • They will also see examples of early clothing styles and clothing related artifacts or tools.
  • Includes follow-up craft or activity to be discussed at booking.

19th Century Fun and Games:

Discover how people had fun once their work was done. Learn more about the popular pastimes of children and leisure activities throughout the 1800s.

During the lesson:

  • Students will learn what leisure time means and whether the settlers had spare time.
  • Students will compare their own hobbies and toys to people of the past.
  • Includes a suggested simple “toy” craft using paper and yarn. This can be demonstrated during the live lesson or instructions can be provided for a follow-up activity.

From Field to Fork

Students will learn about the importance of farming in the 1800s and how early settlers in this region acquired and prepared their food.

During the lesson:

  • Students will see a series of food related artifacts to help learn more about what people ate, grew, and made.
  • Follow along as the presenter shares the tools and steps to make butter.
  • Suggested follow-up activity includes making their own butter.
  • Includes 4 recipes for students to try at home.
  • A short video will be shared with teachers to learn more about hearth cooking and woodstoves.

Curator for a Day

Learn more about museums and their collections. During this program students will learn how to deduce and assess what historical objects can teach us, how the museum works, and learn the answers to questions likes: What is an artifact? Who owns them? How do we care for them? And what does a curator do?

During the lesson:

  • Students will participate in a mystery artifact presentation to better understand how museums think about objects and the hidden stories they tell.
  • Includes a Google Slide pre-lesson on museums and collections. This teacher led pre-lesson will provide students with information to better discuss topics during the live lesson.
  • Includes ideas for a follow-up lesson with activities for further learning on this topic. Activities explore student’s personal collections and opportunity to create displays using their own belongings. These activities enlist students creative thinking and writing skills, as well as visual and oral presentation skills.
  • This is a great way for students to learn about heritage/museum careers and discover the behind the scenes work of museums in their community.


Google Slide Lessons

These programs are design for teachers to use in self-directed lessons for their remote learners. Each presentation focusses on a different topic and allows teachers to use the slide presentation at a pace that works best for their students. These programs are for use by a single teacher. Teacher’s will have access to the presentation for 30 days.

Google Slide Lessons include:

  • Images
  • Video Content
  • Questions and Acitivities for student learning


Please note these will be updated as more presentations become available.

Early Settler Clothing: How did settlers make textiles and clothing?

This Google Slide presentation discusses everything clothing and textile related.
Students will discuss:how many outfits settlers had, how they got their clothing, what the word textile means, what are fibres and how can they be used to make clothing, how yarn is made, and more. The presentation finishes with a discussion on how to reduce textile waste.

Included in the presentation are videos made by Fanshawe Pioneer Village on laundry, making dye, weaving, spinning, and 2 craft options for students.

Teachers will be given an accompanying PDF with an overview, slide show questions, further lesson activities, and instructions for the 2 crafts.