Why Teachers Bring Their Students

This past spring, we gave teachers who brought their students in for school tours an assignment – a brief survey. We asked two questions:

Why do you bring students/children to museums in general?

Why do you bring students/children to the Weyerhaeuser Museum in particular? What do you hope they’ll get out of their visit?

Happily, all of the teachers filled out their surveys – in-depth, even – and we can share their responses with you.

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Why do you bring students/children to museums in general?

We have studied units on artifacts and would like them to learn how people have made history.

To learn about their history and things that were from the past.

To learn about history, culture and about anything they can’t read in a book, they need to experience it.  Also to satisfy their curiosity and answer their questions.

We want them to be exposed to history to notice what is different and what is the same.  Education is exposure to as much as possible.  History, science….  Same with hiking in the woods or prairies.  Try to find things that interest kids.

We study in our 2nd grade curriculum, life in the past, communities, Now vs. Long ago,  inventions and we even create an Old Time Museum.  In 2nd grade we also learn of local hero Charles Lindbergh and weather/aviation.

Museums are invaluable to help children understand history, changes over time, and just to give them fuel for their “wonderment!”

The children have been learning about history and how communities grow and change.  They have learned how artifacts can teach us about history.  Our students even set up an “old time museum” in our classrooms.

Learn more about our local history, familiarize the students with their history.

To learn about our LF history.

I want the kids to learn about their local history.

We hope they will learn about the history of LF.

A way to learn without being in the classroom, a fun getaway.

Museums are a great way to learn about the past.

We bring our students to museums so they can touch feel and smell history.

To learn things about the past and expose them to things they might not see or have seen.

To better their education.

To learn about the past/changes.

The children have been learning about history and how communities grow and change, they have learned how artifacts can teach us about history. Our students even set up an “Old Time Museum” in our class rooms.

Learn more about our local history. Familiarize the students with their history.

To learn about our LF history.

I want the kids to learn more about their local history.

The children learn so much about the history of Little Falls. They enjoy the scavenger hunt especially!

A way to learn without being in the classroom, a fun get-away.

Museums are a great way to learn about the past/changes.

We bring our students to this museum so they can touch, feel, smell, and almost taste history.

To learn things about the past and expose them to things they might not see or have seen.

To better their education.

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Why do you bring students/children to the Weyerhaeuser Museum in particular? What do you hope they’ll get out of their visit?

This is a great connection to our social studies unit.  Also it relates to the area we live in and the history of the area.

We study logging and read about Paul Bunyan so it is a good connection to that.  We also come to visit Charles Lindbergh’s house and museum and this museum is just down the road so we make a day of it.

To learn about the area’s past… To ask questions.  To hear stories – the logging story.  I want them to know that they do not only learn at school, they can learn in other places, from other people such as in this museum.  I want them to have fun learning.

We pair up with Lindbergh.  In social studies we look at history of state/area/life.  This is a way to tie history to things we’ve talked about in school.  Plus – you folks do such a great job.  The hunt is a great way for kids to think and try to solve problems.  Good interaction with kids/adults.

It’s close proximity to St. Cloud and the Lindbergh museum.  We enjoy the authenticity of lumbering company the fiction of Paul Bunyan.  Exposure to genuine artifacts and stories from the local area.  Hands-on experiences and seeing actual artifacts.  Your staff is VERY knowledgeable and has a nice variety of samples.  If you could add any type of trying on similar clothing, the children could actually try on or handle would be great!  Thanks again.

We discuss history and artifacts through our social studies curriculum—this ties in so well. We hope children bring back a sense of history and our place in the world. We love the scavenger hunt you do! The logging section ties in well with our social studies curriculum as well as our study of tall tales and Paul Bunyan. =)

We discovered this museum when we were looking for an extra place to go to coincide with our Charles Lindbergh Museum visit.

This Museum displays artifacts that share the history of central MN. They are similar to the history of St. Cloud. Also, it is near the Lindbergh home, so we are able to combine the experience in one day.  Thank You!

Learn about logging, pine tree lumber co., Mississippi river.

Learn some history

Make connections with the Linden House Tours and how they were related.

Close to home, no cost to us, excellent artifacts and interesting stories (esp. the logging industry)

I like the fact that there are real artifacts from the farming, lumbering, and Native American eras. I hope they will remember a little of what things were like in the past.

The children learn so much about the history of Little Falls. They enjoy the scavenger hunt especially! We hope they understand more about LF history.

To learn the history of Morrison County, learn more about our local area. I hope they’ll learn the importance of preserving historical facts, to gain interest in history.

It is so INTERESTING and IMPORTANT to learn about our LOCAL history. I hope their interest in history grows, and that they’ll have a better understanding of how our communities started out long ago.

We study MN history, so we really enjoy the timber/logging part; as that was huge in that era. You also have many cool artifacts. VERY reasonable for us to afford. Near the Lindbergh Museum and other museums and parks, so we can make a day of it.

Proximity to Lindbergh house. Information about logging industry.

Because it fits well with the C. Lindbergh house. A better understanding of the past.

For the logging information and the countless artifacts that were used from earlier times.

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