Homeschooling families are invited to join us for a series of hands-on learning programs designed specifically for homeschoolers ages 4-12. 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 4 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 parent or caregiver
8- to 12-year-olds: 10 students, one parent or caregiver
Spring 2018 Programs
The Spring 2018 series is offered on Tuesdays, March 20, April 17, May 15 or Wednesdays, March 21, April 18, May 16. Tuesday Spring Session for youth ages 4-7 is sold out.
Tuesday March 20 or Wednesday March 21, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Nautical Norsemen
The Viking ship Draken Harald Hårfagre will continue her visit at Mystic Seaport through the spring. Learn about Vikings and their maritime travels, take a special tour of the ship, discover why these ships were built the way they were, and hear about the star myths of the Vikings, Norse constellations and explorers in a 30-minute Planetarium show.
Tuesday April 17 or Wednesday April 18, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Hand-Made Sailors’ Gear
Sailors were not only brave and strong, but very resourceful and handy with the few materials that could be found around the ship or on distant beaches. So much of the sailor’s gear was hand-made. Sailors were masters of using canvas and rope to create practical and decorative objects shipboard.
Tuesday May 15 or Wednesday 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Into the Garden
Long ago, home gardening was an important part of everyone’s life. The gardens taught life lessons and provided nourishment, entertainment, medicine, and artistic inspiration. Discover how people used their gardens 150 years ago and learn a few ways you can work with your plants now.
Fall 2018 Programs
The Fall 2018 series is offered on Tuesdays, September 18, October 16 and November 20 or on Wednesdays, September 19, October 17, and November 21.
September 19 or 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Voyage to America: Immigrant Stories. Imagine the journey many immigrants took before 1960 to come to America when we visit one of our historic sailing vessels. Hear stories about the immigrants’ reception upon arrival and their experiences integrating into American society. Learn how important communication and the printing industry were to new immigrants finding their way in America. Participate in a naturalization class in an authentic, one-room school house from Connecticut. Share your own family’s immigration stories.
October 16 or 17 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Cargoes Around the World. We use imported goods every day, but do you know how it got to you? Learn how we transported cargo historically and today, and the types of cargo that was transported in the 1800s compared to today. Explore world geography and see how it determines the way goods and people are transported by water. Learn about the different types of cargo ships in the 1800s and today as well as life onboard cargo ships, including the diversity of crew and their living and working conditions.
November 20 or 21 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Fisheries. New England fisheries include so much more than fish! We will compare and contrast the work and lives of lobstermen, oystermen, and Grand Banks fishermen in the 1800s. Explore the lives of the lobster, oyster, and codfish by “splitting” the fish, using oyster tongs to search the river and measuring a lobster. By the end of the “voyage,” we will each decide which profession is the easiest, the safest, or the most profitable.
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.