School Program

Engage Your Students’ Hearts and Minds

Grade Four and Five Social Studies and Language Arts Unit

Roedde House Museum’s School Program offers hands-on activities for your students and supports and enriches the Grade 4 and 5 Social Studies and Language Arts Curricula. The program includes a tour of the house with experienced docents at a cost of $4/student along with access to the downloadable “Roedde House Museum : Windows to the Past” curriculum and an artefact kit to explore in your classroom.

You may obtain more information by calling the museum at 604.684.7040 or by emailing us at info@roeddehouse.org

Roedde House Museum is in the heart of Vancouver’s West End. Exploring this historic house will provide a multifaceted look at the everyday life of a young middle class immigrant family in the early years of the 20th Century.

Online Learning Options

For those who cannot visit in person!

Watch a two-part video tour of the house below. To view these videos you will be required to register to receive a password for access.

Register for password to view videos here.

Watch the two-part video tour here.

Please email us at manager@roeddehouse.org after watching the video to provide comments. 

Support the School Program

You can show your support of the Roedde House School Program by donating online or by cheque made out to: Roedde House Preservation Society. Donations of $100 enable an entire class to visit the museum and take part in the full program with access to the curriculum and artefact kit (transit costs not included).

Curriculum: A Window to the Past

An innovative project funded by the TELUS Vancouver Community Board
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Imagine life without television, computers, electronic games…a life of meals cooked on a wood-burning stove, handmade clothing, laundry washed by hand…Imagine simple family fun around the piano in the parlour or around the big dining room table…Imagine a world in which the first telephones and motor cars were wonders to behold…

Schoolchildren are fascinated to learn how much life has changed in a mere 100 years and many of them can identify with the experiences of an immigrant family making its way in early Vancouver. Roedde House Museum’s Schools Program provides docent-led tours for elementary school classes from the Lower Mainland. The tours complement an in-class curriculum, A Window to the Past, which is adaptable to all grades. The curriculum covers early 1900s social history, the immigrant experience, genealogy, architecture and the importance of heritage preservation. A Window to the Past won a City of Vancouver Heritage Award in 1997; in 2006 it was extensively revised and updated with the assistance of a TELUS Vancouver Community Board grant, and put online in its entirety. As an on-line resource, A Window to the Past can be accessed by teachers anywhere and with some adjustment; the curriculum can be a useful study guide.

Acknowledgements

This resource reflects the collaborative effort of professionals. For their contributions to the development, piloting and editing of the final document, the authors and the Roedde House Preservation Society would like to thank:

Eve Haveman, Teacher, Vancouver School Board
Jerry George, Consultant
John Lawrence, Consultant
Mary Locke, Teacher-Librarian, VSB
Dr. Jay Powell, UBC, Department of Anthropology and Sociology
Randy Rotheisler, Video producer, VSB
Mariette Smith, Teacher, VSB
Jim Taggert, Architect in Schools Program, AIBC
Loma Wing, Anti-Racism Consultant, VSB

And for her excellent clerical work, thanks are due to Pat Dymond, VSB.

Finally, generous funding for this resource has been received from the following foundations by the Roedde House Preservation Society:

TELUS Vancouver Community Board – An Innovative Project Funded by the TELUS Vancouver Community Board. This Board was launched in January 2006 to allocate funding for innovative programs which involve youth and/or technology in the areas of arts and culture, education and sport, health and well-being.

The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation
The Chris Spencer Foundation
The Hamber Foundation

Revision and Edition for the 2010 version:
Holly McMillan
Adonna Rudolph
Jenny Yule

Jane Kinegal, Architect, Teacher with Richmond School Board
David McMillan, Consultant
Helene Perndl, Museum Manager, RHM
Maryann Kempthorne, Media, Library & Technology, Vancouver School Board
Daniel Bolanger, French Immersion Consultant, Vancouver School Board

Yassine Baba Ahmed: Design
Jessica Gnyp: Photography and illustrations
Denis Lebrun: Web development
Bénédicte Schoepflin: Translation
Jean-François Jutras and Anthony Norfolk: Project Managers