House Building

The House Building curriculum offers a dual theoretical and practical component. Students discuss the different types of dwellings across history, from pioneers to 21st century human beings, while building the most primitive dwellings, such as log cabins, sod, hay bale, and adobe brick houses. Children then study different structures in the world and learn about the crucial role the environment plays in determining structural integrity. This unit culminates in an individual and a group project. Individually, each child is responsible for designing and building a small-scale home or house. The group project is comprised of the class coming together to build a piece of their own choosing. Past projects include equipment sheds and playhouses.


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