Visitors

Feel free to stop by most mornings from 9-12 or afternoons from 1-4 pm for a docent talk.

If a class is present, feel free to sit in the back of the classroom or bus barn and observe.

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What is Living History

At the West Bay Common School Children's Museum, students are invited to enter a setting and participate in activities that aid them to imagine significant events from the past. They will have this experience in the company of others, who participate in the events, analyze them, evaluate various aspects of them, and compare and contrast them with what occurs in the present. History, by definition, concerns the past, which is dead and gone; but it comes alive when students re-envision and engage with it. That is what “Living History” is all about.

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Teachers and Group Leaders

Reserve the 1898 one-room schoolhouse for a special classroom session, and experience a timeless history lesson of school a century ago. Enjoy a pen and ink lesson, math, spelling and history lesson on lap slates. Participate in a Spelling Bee and a reading lesson at the recitation bench.

Visit our Barn Museum for the recess portion of the program where you learn about outhouses, play games of the 1890's, have a lunch lesson making a paper cup and experience hands-on-history of the life and times in League City.

Tour the Icehouse/Barbershop Museum and listen to the history of our town. Visit our Peddlers Corner Gift Shop to purchase souvenirs and gifts. Afterwards, plan a picnic lunch with quilts on the museum grounds or at League Park. Alternately, dine at nearby tea-rooms or restaurants and then enjoy a quiet walk through Helen's Garden.

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Texas Academic Standards

Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

The following TEKS academic standards for grade 4 are covered, in a typical visit to the this historic site. Other grade level TEKS components are also covered in the same standard areas. This program places an emphasis on Texas History from 1890 –1929

Language Arts – 110.15, 2, 6, 21, 22 and 27
(Reading, Handwriting, Spelling, Comprehension and Listening)
The main focus of the TEKS Language Arts component in our schoolhouse program is reading, writing, spelling, listening and speaking. Through the use of reading aloud at the recitation bench, Spencerian penmanship and the spelling bee, students will engage in activities that will strengthen their reading, writing and language skills. They will be required to summarize a story’s main events, compare and contrast the adventures of the characters, understand new vocabulary and determine the meaning and spelling of unfamiliar words, as well as listen attentively and ask relevant questions in a completely unique learning environment that greatly enhances retention.

Mathematics – 111.16, 2, 3 and 15
(Numbers and Processes)
The TEKS Mathematical focus includes fractions, decimals and measurements. Students will start to develop a robust sense of numbers through our mental math lessons that will help them apply mathematics to problems arising in everyday life using visual models such as money.

Social Studies – 113.15, 7, 8, 10, 21, 21 and 22
(History, Geography, Economics and Social Studies)
For the TEKS Social Studies component, our 1898 historical site presents the perfect motivating resource for building a foundation of skills in history; geography; economics and social studies. Students conduct a study of the settlement of Texas which further enhances their concept of the regions in Texas. This historic site visit is rich in primary source material such as documents, artifacts, stories, poetry, songs, and artwork including local history of the land, people and their patterns of work and economic activities that settled our local community.

Physical Education – 116.6, Art – 117.14, Music – 117.15, Theater – 117.16
In the non-academic portion of their schoolhouse visit, during recess, students acquire the knowledge and skills for physical activity that provide the foundation for enjoyment and continued social development. During the Barn Museum activities they gain an understanding of historical and cultural heritage, art, music and theater. This aids a student to develop their intellect and refine their emotions, understanding the cultural and creative nature of music and art and other aspects of social life from a historical perspective.

Summary
Students use their perceptions of the unique historical setting, developed through increasing visual awareness and sensitivity to surroundings, memory and life experiences, to help them challenge their imagination and foster reflective thinking. Through the variety of experiences, students communicate in a dramatic form, make artistic choices, solve problems, build self-concepts, and relate interpersonally. Students increase their understanding of heritage and traditions through these historical and cultural studies. Student response and evaluation promote thinking and further discriminating judgment, developing students that are more appreciative and evaluative consumers of life..