Homeschool Day


Homeschool Days at the Connecticut Historical Society are programs specifically designed for homeschool families. These events give families the opportunity to enjoy engaging, educational workshops, tour our galleries, and connect with other homeschool families.

Short workshops around a variety of topics are taught throughout the day. Families may sign up for as many or as few classes as they like, and workshops appropriate for different ages are available at each session. Workshops are hands-on and participatory, and many include a take-home element.

Dates

  • October 2, 2017
  • March 19, 2018

Cost

  • Each workshop is $7 per student for CHS members and $10 per student for non-members.
  • For the full day (three workshops), the fee is $15 per student for CHS members and $24 per student for non-members.
  • Children 4 and under are free but must be registered.
  • Up to two adults per family are admitted free of charge. Parents must remain in the building at all times.
  • Maximum cost per family is $85.

Toddler Time

  • Throughout the day, our auditorium space will be available with drop-in, self-led toys, crafts, and coloring sheets for siblings ages 4 and under. Families must register toddlers, and parents must remain with their toddler at all times.

Pre-Registration Required

  • Enrollment is limited and families must pre-register for the October 2nd Homeschool Day by September 25. Full, non-refundable payment via credit card or check must be made at the time of registration to reserve your child’s place. Please contact Rebecca Gross at (860) 236-5621 x232 or email education_assistant@chs.org to register.

October 2nd Program Schedule

Ages 5-7

10:00 – 10:45 AM: A Whale of a State
What do nutmegs, sperm whales, and robins have to do with Connecticut? Discover the history behind Connecticut’s symbols and legends through crafts, stories, and hands-on activities.

11:00 – 11:45 AM: CT Goes to Work
Try out different jobs and trades that have been important parts of Connecticut’s history. See if you could last a full shift in a factory or build an entire house of bricks.

12:30 – 1:15 PM: ABC’s with ASD
Learn simple ASL signs, play games, and explore the exhibit Language, Culture, Community: 200 Years of Impact by the American School for the Deaf in this hands-on workshop.

Ages 8-11

10:00 – 10:45 AM: Stories, Script, and Sign
Learn how different people in Connecticut have found ways to express themselves and their ideas, from the oral tradition of early Native Americans to the birth of American Sign Language in Hartford, Connecticut.

11:00 – 11:45 AM: The Legend of the Charter Oak
Discover the story behind Connecticut’s most famous tree as we bring the people and events from the legend of the Charter Oak to life using dramatic techniques, period costumes, and specially-designed props.

12:30 – 1:15 PM: Colonial Characters
Use your observation skills to explore a box of reproduction artifacts, complete activities, and piece together the life of a person from colonial Connecticut.

Ages 12+

10:00 – 10:45 AM: Heroes or Villains
What makes someone a “hero”, or a “villain”, of history? See who tells the story as we explore Connecticut’s most controversial “heroes” and “villains” through close-looking at historic documents.

11:00 – 11:45 AM: The Power of the Pen
Be an archaeologist for the afternoon! Analyze a variety of real and reproduction artifacts from different times and cultures to learn how the ways we communicate has evolved.

12:30 – 1:15 PM: Connecticut Conundrums
Are you smarter than a historian? Work in teams to test your knowledge of Connecticut people, places, events, and things in this interactive program.

October 2017 Program Schedule (PDF)