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Educational Programs

​​Bring the King Heritage & Cultural Centre to Your School!

We offer a wide variety of programs that can be catered to your classroom's needs. Our programs fit the curriculum for elementary and secondary schools and we bring all materials to your class.

We offer a unique creation of both educational programming and art workshops that blend in education and the history of King Township. Our Art Workshops bring local professional artists to your classroom to provide a high-quality visual experience. Our Education Programs allow students to learn about the history of King Township and its relationship with the rest of Ontario and the world through fun and educational programming brought right to your classroom.

Every Art Workshop includes all the specialty materials required.​ Every Education Program we offer will include a selection of artifacts from the museum's collection that students will be able to touch and observe up close.  

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Art Workshops

T​hese unique and innovative workshops bring a local professional artist right to your classroom with all the specialty art supplies provided.  These workshops are a fantastic way to bring professional and high-quality art lessons to your class and allow students to express themselves through a variety of different and unique art forms.  These art workshops connect directly to the curriculum.

Program Length: All Art Workshops run 1.5 hours in length
Cost: $200 (includes artist fees and specialty materials)

Due to the nature of this program, Art Workshops would need to be booked at least 4 weeks in advance to ensure the availability of the artist.

To Book an Art Workshop Program Contact the King Heritage & Cultural Centre at kingmuseum@king.ca or 905-833-2331.

Art Workshop Options:

  • ​Art Basics - Our "Just the Basics" workshop will introduce your students to concepts of line, colour, brush strokes, composition, weight, texture, and many more.

  • Abstract Art - This workshop will allow students to take the basic art skills they have learned and use it to express their individuality in various artistic ways.  Students will explore alternative methods of expression through abstract such as painting and mixed media collage.

  • Painting Landscapes - This course will introduce students to the elements of painting landscapes, and adapting those elements to their own creativity.  This interactive and guided approach will show students fundamental art skills to capture the world around them while exploring their creativity and individuality.

  • Smartphone Photography - Anyone can take a picture with their smartphone, but how do you take an amazing picture with your smartphone?  Today's technology is starting to blur the lines between point-and-shoot cameras and the camera on your smartphone.  In this workshop, learn how to use light and composition to your advantage and frame you photos professionally.  You can bring any phone along with you.  If the weather is nice we can head outside too!

  • Metis Art - Finger Weaving - Learn the history of the Métis sash, about its uses as a tool as well as a fashion garment. Workshop teaches basic traditional hands on finger weaving techniques. Students create their own finger weaved bracelet to take with them at the end of the class.

  • Metis Beading - Learn the history behind the Métis designs and create your own beaded flower design.

  • Printmaking - This workshop will have students creating their own original prints from molds they will make from scratch using recyclable materials. ​

 

​​Education Programs

Programs must be booked at least 2 weeks in advance to ensure availability.  Programs that require any adaptations or new topics require at least 4 weeks notice.

To Book an Education Program contact the King Heritage & Cultural Centre at kingmuseum@king.ca or 905-833-2331 to book your program​​​​​​.

Preschool Early Settler 

Ages 3-6

This program will introduce children to what life was like in King a long time ago. Children will learn about light sources before the days of electricity by making their own candle made of beeswax.   They will also learn about Ontario's native fruit, apples, and the many uses for it, while witnessing a live apple schnitzing demonstration!  Children will identify the different hamlets and villages that make up King Township and what made King Township a thriving place to live in the early settler days.

Program Length: 2 hours
Cost: $5 a student 

Who are the Mississauga?  - A First Nations Comparative Study

Grades 3-7 (Can be adapted for Grades 1, 2, and 8)

This program will have students explore the rich history of First Nations Peoples in Ontario and the impact that European settlement had on the Mississauga First Nations people of King Township. Students will also learn about the Toronto Purchase of 1787 and the lasting impact it had on the relationships between the Early Settlers and the First Nation Peoples. Students will gain hands on experience with some of the First Nations artifacts from the museum's collection.

  • Direct curriculum expectation connections to:
    • Grade 3: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, 1780-1850
    • Grade 5: Heritage and Identity: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada
    • Grade 7: New France and British North America, 1713-1800/ Canada, 1800-1850: Conflict and Challenges
  • Can also be linked to:
  • Grade 1: Heritage and Identity: Our Changing Roles and Responsibilities
  • Grade 2: Heritage and Identity: Changing Family and Community Traditions
  • Grade 6: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present
  • Grade 8: Creating Canada, 1850-1890/ Canada, 1890-1914: A Changing Society

Program Length: 2 hours 
Cost: $5 a student 

Transportation and Communication in King

Grades 3-8

This program will have students evaluate the ways in which early settlers communicated and travelled in King Township and throughout Canada.  Students will compare and contrast the ways people would communicate and travel from the 1700s to today, and try their hand at cross style writing and make their own calling cards using ink and quills! 

  • Direct curriculum expectation connections to
    • Grade 3: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, 1780-1850
    • Grade 7: New France and British North America, 1713-1800/ Canada, 1800- 1850: Conflict and Challenges
    • Grade 8: Creating Canada, 1850-1890/ Canada, 1890-1914: A Changing Society 
  • Can also be linked to:
  • Grade 5: Heritage and Identity: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada
  • Grade 6: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present

Program Length:  2 hours 
Cost: $5 a student 

Early Settlement of King

Grades 3-8

This program will have students identify the official villages and hamlets of King Township, as well as the many "vanished" ones. Students will learn the history of each village and where the names derive from. As well, we will analyze the connections within and between natural and human environments and communities in King and the Town of York throughout the 19th century.

  • Direct curriculum expectation connections to
    • Grade 3: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, 1780-1850
    • Grade 7: New France and British North America, 1713-1800/ Canada, 1800- 1850: Conflict and Challenges
    • Grade 8: Creating Canada, 1850-1890/ Canada, 1890-1914: A Changing Society
  • Can also be linked to:
  • Grade 5: Heritage and Identity: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada
  • Grade 6: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present

Program Length: 2 hours
Cost: $5 a student 

New Early Explorers

Grades 5-7

This program will have students study the first Europeans to come to Canada, and their interactions with First Nations People, with a focus on the fur trade and Carrying-Place Trail.  Students will work together through an interactive fur trading game to gain a stronger insight on the exchange of goods between the European explorers and the First Nation Peoples, as well as the value of certain popular trading goods.

  • Direct curriculum expectation connections to:
    • Grade 5: Heritage and Identity: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada
    • Grade 7: New France and British North America, 1713-1800

Program Length: 2 hours
Cost: $5 a student 

1837 Rebellion

Grades 3-8

This program will have students learn more about the Rebellion of 1837: What led local King resident Jesse Lloyd and others to rebel against the government and how their actions led the way to Canadian confederation. Students will be split into groups representing the family compact, the moderates, and the rebels, and participate in a class debate structure like the 19th century!

  • Direct curriculum expectation connections to
    • Grade 3: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, 1780-1850
    • Grade 5: Heritage and Identity: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada
    • Grade 7: New France and British North America, 1713-1800/ Canada, 1800- 1850: Conflict and Challenges
  • Can also be linked to:
  • Grade 6: Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present
  • Grade 8: Creating Canada, 1850-1890/ Canada, 1890-1914: A Changing Society

Program Length: 2 hours
Cost: $5 a student 

Black History

All Grades and Ages

This program will have students learn more about local African Canadians that made an impact on early Ontario communities. Students will learn the Black History in Canada timeline, and be able to identify key events from the arrival of Mathieu Da Costa, translator and guide in 1604 to participation during the Great ​Wa​​r. Focus will be on King Township's teacher Walter Rolling (1873-1943).  Students will gain access to archives and artifacts related to Walter Rolling and his impact on Kinghorn SS#23 and discuss the significance of evaluating primary sources.

This program can be adapted to compliment any grade curriculum.

Program Length: 2 hours
Cost: $5 a student 

Animals of World War One

Grade 10 (Can be adapted for all grades)

This program will have students learn about the significant impact that animals made during World War One. Animals had no choice in their role in the war, and aided Canadian forces by providing a means for transportation, communication, and boost of moral. Students will watch a video comprised of archival photos of a variety of animals fulfilling a variety of roles and identify the different types of animals and jobs they had. Students will learn about what happened to the animals after the war, and explore personal accounts of citizens at the home front that had to give up their beloved animals for the war effort.

  • Direct curriculum expectation connections to:
    • Grade 10 – Canadian History Since World War One

Program Length: 2 hours 
Cost: $5 a student ​​

Is there a curriculum strand that you want your students to explore? Have an idea for an education program?  We would love to hear from you as well! The King Heritage & Cultural Centre is happy to work with schools and organizations in the community to create and implement new programs or adapt current ones to meet the needs of participants and groups, while also meeting our mandate. 

For more information contact the King Heritage & Cultural Centre at 905-833-2331 or kingmuseum@king.ca​​​