Could You Be A Colonial Kid?

Author Visit/In-House Field Trip for Schools GRADES 3-5

Virtual Visits Available

My area of scholarly expertise is colonial America, especially social and cultural history, and this presentation taps into my interest in everyday life in the period. That's also a subject I explore in depth in Look Ahead, Look Back (The Snipesville Chronicles, Book 2).
In Could You Be A Colonial Kid?, I introduce students to the great diversity of experience of kids living in British America around 1750. It's striking for kids to reflect that the luxurious lives of a few colonists depended on the forced labor of thousands of enslaved people, including children.

Annette Laing


  • Program Length: 60-75-90 minutes (after audience seated); Max. Three Sessions per Day
  • Recommended Audience Ages: Grades 3-5
  • Also Available via Zoom/Video. Program length may vary from in-person presentation.
  • Recommended Audience Size: 60-80 For the best possible experience for the students, divide a single grade into three sessions for the day. This allows more students to participate as volunteers, a closer view of the artifacts, and the best rapport between Annette and the children.
  • Maximum Audience Size: 150
  • Social Studies Curriculum Relevance: Connects to study of Colonial America. Develops critical thinking skills and historical literacy, including in dealing with primary sources.
  • Sessions of this program may be combined in a single day with sessions of A Writer's Life, for a total of three sessions.
  • Cost: Please contact us. We have a holistic approach to pricing, and will want to know some details about your school. Be assured that prices are very reasonable!

Why Don't We Just Give the Price? Each school is different. We don't want to announce a rack rate and frighten you away if you have limited resources. There are discounts and alternatives to make Annette's programs accessible to every school, and many of our clients are Title I schools in rural areas. Asking questions doesn't commit you, and we want to hear from you!

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Annette Laing

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