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March 15, 2013

Learning going around at Herschell

Carrousel Museum hosts firstHome School day for families


Tonawanda News — “Sometimes you get in a rut, doing the same thing every day,” Puscheck said. She said it’s good for students to get hands-on experience, and “listen to someone else talk, not just mom.”

Hallack, who visited with her three children, agreed.

“It’s so much better than from out of a book, because this is real life,” she said. “We’re very thankful they put this together today.”

Chris Agrez drove from Scottsville, near Rochester, with her son David, 10. She said he likes to figure out how things work, and she asked if he wanted to check out the museum’s program after their visit to the Adirondack Carousel in Saranac.

“It’s something unique,” she said of the Home School Day. “It’s sometimes hard to find different activities that include some of the different areas of school.”

In the Lockman Gallery, the focus was on history and immigration. Surrounded by hand-carved horses (and other creatures) from different eras, students colored pictures of carrousel horses while listening to museum educator Samantha Chavanne read “Feivel’s Flying Horses,” the tale of a Jewish immigrant to the United States who finds work carving a Coney Island carrousel in hopes of bringing his family to his new country.

Theresa Blackstone of Buffalo watched her children, ages 7, 5 and 3, take part while she walked around with their 1-year-old sister. Blackstone said the family visited the library after deciding to take part in the event and took out books about carrousels, from history to fiction.

“It gives you an opportunity to step away from the same things you do every day,” she said. “This is fun. It’s something different. It’s always nice to have a break from our normal stuff.”

Blackstone said museum staff did a good job making the event accessible for children.

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