Homeschool Programs

EducationHomeschooling families are invited to join us for a series of hands-on learning programs designed specifically for homeschoolers ages 4-13. Each age group will study the same theme, but the hands-on activities will be age-appropriate and may vary accordingly. Each day will concentrate on one theme.

Families with children younger than four years old are welcome to visit the Children’s Museum and Playscapes while registered children are participating in the program.

4 to 7 year olds: 8 students, one chaperone
8 to 13 year olds: 10 students, one chaperone

Fall 2015 Programs: September 15, October 20 & November 17
1:30-3:30 p.m.

September 15: Cargo Carriers Around the World How were goods transported 150 years ago? How far did products travel? Did all cargo ships look and work the same? What cargoes were the easiest and most difficult to carry? How dangerous was it to work on a cargo ship?

October 20: “Voyaging In the Wake of the Whalers” — Using the Museum’s new exhibit as our backdrop, we will explore how the whaling industry impacted the world through time right up to today.  Have humans always viewed whales the same way? What did we learn from the Charles W. Morgan’s 38th Voyage last summer?

November 17: Finding your Way in the World  We are fortunate to have the visiting exhibit, “Ships, Clocks & Stars – The Quest for Longitude,” from the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England, to help us learn about navigation techniques and advancements through the centuries. Why is it important to know where you are and where you are going?  How do you find your way at sea, without street signs or landmarks?

Spring 2016 Programs: March 15, April 19 & May 17
1:30-3:30 p.m.

March 15: Art Inspired by the Sea — Using the Museum’s beautiful grounds, our new art exhibition, and the Maritime Gallery as inspiration, students will explore a variety of mediums used in creating maritime art.

April 19: Life in a Seaport Town — Explore how each family and business worked together to get a ship ready to go to sea.

May 17: Voyage to America: Immigration Stories — Coastal towns were the landing pads for so many families from different lands. Discover how the sailing trip to America differed from today’s travel and what opportunities and obstacles immigrants met when they arrived.

Homeschool Community Sailing

Students build their confidence as they practice boat handling and become familiar with the basics of water safety and wind. Our sailing instructors will teach your children how to control their boat and fundamental sailing maneuvers through classroom and on-the-water instruction. See schedule.