Historic Stewart Farms Teacher Resources

Innovative options for teachers and homeschoolers alike.

With onsite school programs on hold, we have developed digital school programs and edukits to teach tangible history without ever leaving the classroom.

NEW Digital School Programs

With a live, digital school program, an experienced costumed guide will lead your class on a virtual tour around the Farmhouse, recently updated Pole Barn and outbuildings, while providing curriculum current interpretation. Explore the history of the local community, immigration, family roles and how newcomers shaped the environment around them. These programs are well suited to in-class, blended and fully online groups. 

Farm Kids (K-2) 

Students travel back in time to the 1890s to discover what life was like for Surrey’s settler children. They will learn how students in the past helped with family life, completed important chores around the house and farm, and how they balanced all of this to get to school on time. Butter making OR Wooden Toy making supplies will be provided for a in-class activity. 

Immigrant Perspectives (5-6) 

Immigrants in turn-of-the-century Canada certainly faced some challenges. Students experience the cultural traditions of Scottish and Chinese settlers on the farm, and learn how culture, economy and politics influenced rural life in Surrey and across the country. An accompanying primary resource package focuses on local history, immigration, racism and the people who settled at the Historic Stewart Farm. 

Stories Shoots and Sprouts (K-1) 

Dig, plant, discover! Learn about growing heritage vegetables and fruit through historical, seasonal activities. Students take a virtual trip around the site, including the root cellar, garden, orchard, pole barn and farmhouse kitchen. An activity will be provided for students to plant a Historic Stewart Farm heirloom seed in their classroom. Only offered April through June. 

Digital Program Details
  • Cost: $94.80
  • Duration: 90 minutes 
  • Start times: 10:30am and 12:30pm
  • Offered February through June , Wednesday to Friday 
Via Microsoft Teams

We use Microsoft Teams to deliver our digital school programs. To ensure a smooth program, we require a technical ‘check-in’ prior to your scheduled program - we will discuss this with you upon booking. We recommend you download the Microsoft Teams App. A projector, screen and a laptop with speakers and microphone are required. 

“Our class enjoyed learning about the Stewart family. They welcomed the opportunity to make observations and ask questions. The students also enjoyed being able to make the wooden top. Thank you again for making this program available, we enjoyed it.”  -Grade 3/4 Teacher 

Edukits

Created specifically for delivery by teachers, Edukits contain hands on artifacts and archival materials, including photographs, newspaper articles and more. They also include a comprehensive teacher package of suggested activities. Packaged in a convenient suitcase with three weeks worth of content.

Immigrant Perspectives Edukit (5-6) 

How did newcomers get to Surrey? What challenges did they face? Did everyone have the same experience? Students use artifacts, maps, and documents to answer these questions and uncover information about the Chinese Head Tax and other immigration experiences.

  • Available for a three-week loan from September to June 
  • Cost: $53.00

Old-Fashioned Games  

Students travel back in time to the 1890s to learn how games were played by Surrey’s settler children. Students will learn how children in the past lived, how they played games indoor and outdoors, and why these games and toys were created. This kit helps you teach your class how to make and play with toys and games in your classroom, but also provides the supplies to have an outdoor old-fashioned fair with sack racing, tug-o-war, and egg and spoon racing. Also included: a guide to make your own ice cream – the old-fashioned way. 

  • Only offered April-June for one-week rental
  • Cost: $53.00

“This kit was fantastic; we really enjoyed the hands-on activities. My students really enjoyed having the artifacts in our classroom.” Grade 5 Teacher 

How to Book

To reserve your program spot or kit, please contact the Historic Stewart Farm at 604-591-4627 or email StewartFarm@surrey.ca. Please leave a message with the preferred date, program, number of students and grade level. 


 

Free Online Activities

Inspire your students with an experience of farm life from home. We are taking some of the best activities from our onsite school programs and making them available to become part of your remote learning workplans.

In the House

Make Butter at Home
Parlour Games and Toys Teachers' Guide
Parlour Games and Toys Activity Guide

Family History Activities

Immigration History Teachers' Guide
Immigration History Worksheet
Heirlooms Teachers' Guide
Heirlooms Worksheet

Gardening

Let's Get Growing Teachers' Guide
Printable Plant Life Cycle Cards
Seed Paper Flower Teachers' Guide
Seed Paper Flower Activity Guide