Homeschool Programs

EducationHomeschooling 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

Fall 2017 Programs

The Fall 2017 series is offered on Tuesdays, September 19, October 17 and November 14 or on Wednesdays, September 20, October 18, and November 15.

SOLD OUT – Tuesday session, 4-7 age group. Please call 860-572-5322, ext. 1 to be placed on a waiting list.

September 19 or 20, 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Life in a Seaport Town – Explore how each family and business worked together to get a ship ready to go to sea.

October 17 or 18 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Apprenticeships – Get your hands dirty while you work in 3 different shoreside industries and learn about job opportunities for young people long ago.

November 14 or 15 1:30-3:30 p.m.: Sailors’ Skills – How nimble are you? What tasks would you be able to do if you worked on a large sailing ship 150 years ago?

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 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.

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.