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 12 year olds: 10 students, one chaperone

Spring 2015 Programs: March 17, April 21 & May 19
1:30-3:30 p.m.

March 17: Century Domestic Skills — What kinds of chores and responsibilities did children have 175 years ago? Are the tasks very different from today? Did children ever have fun or was it always work, work, work?

April 21: Whaleship Community Life  What was life like on a whaleship? What were the people like and was the food tasty? Where did the ship go? What sorts of jobs were there? What job was the most important?

May 19: Harvesting the Sea: Oystering, Lobstering and Cod Fishing — How do you catch a cod fish, a lobster and an oyster? Who are the people that make their living catching these creatures? How dangerous is the job? Where do ships and boats go to harvest oysters, lobsters and codfish?

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?

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.