School Program

Sanchez Adobe

Online during COVID-19

As students are attending school virtually, the San Mateo County Historical Association is offering online school programs starting October 1, 2020.

Program

Experience life on a Californio rancho in this virtual program. Before the program time, students will view a pre- recorded video tour of the Sanchez Adobe. Then, students will engage in a docent-led online presentation where they will be introduced to the people who lived at the site which was an Ohlone village, a Spanish mission outpost and a Mexican rancho. An optional hands-on activity, designing a wire “brand” (which includes a package of Model Magic for stamping), is also available for an additional fee.

Details

  • Available on Wednesdays & Fridays at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. (other times by special arrangement)
  • Link to pre-recorded tour will be mailed after payment is received.
  • Hands-on Activity materials will be mailed to the school; contact us if you require alternate arrangements. Please schedule tours with hand-on activities at least 10 days advance to allow for kit assembly and mailing.
  • Fees 2020-2021: Fees apply to one class per program.
    • Without hands-on activity: $50 for a 40-minute program
    • With hands-on activity: $70 for a 50 to 55-minute program

Some scholarships are available for low-income schools. To apply, complete the online scholarship form.

Experience life on a

Californio rancho!

Discover the early use of the land and its natural resources during a grounds tour. Students are introduced to the people who lived at the site which was an Ohlone village, a Spanish mission outpost and a Mexican rancho.

In this hands-on living history program, your students will experience life on a Mexican rancho.

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Students try their hand at roping a “cow” while on horseback!

Hands-On Activities

  • Take a house tour and participate in daily chores of a Californio rancho by grinding corn and roping a “cow.”
  • Make candles and learn about the hide-and-tallow trade.
  • Climb into the mud pit and make adobe bricks like those used to build the Sanchez Adobe.
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  • Geared to fourth graders.
  • History-Social Science Content Standards: 4.2, 4.3.
  • To protect the historic site and for better quality of programming, school programs at the Sanchez Adobe are limited to one class per program.
  • The school program occurs rain or shine. Some modification of activities occurs on rainy days.

Objectives

  • Students will be able to identify natural resources of the area used by the Ohlone, Spanish and Mexicans.
  • Students will be identify the changing use of natural resources as inhabitants moved from the Ohlone hunter‐gather lifestyle to the Spanish agrarian lifestyle.
  • Students will be able to identify the importance of natural resources to the rancho economy.