Homeschool Day Educational programs designed for homeschool families

Thank you all for registering for the March 23 Homeschool Day at the CHS. Unfortunately, in response to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, Homeschool Day has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience, but have determined this to be a necessary step in protecting the health of our community and staff. As a result, all families who have already paid will be issued a full refund.

Our fall Homeschool Day will take place on Monday, September 21. Registration will open on Monday, August 17. More information for the September 21 Homeschool Day will be available mid-August.

Please do not hesitate to contact Katerina Mazzacane, Youth and Family Programs Manager, at Katerina_Mazzacane@chs.org, with any questions or concerns. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

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

CHS museum educators lead short workshops around a variety of topics throughout the day. Families may sign up for as many or as few sessions as they like, and classes appropriate for children ages 5 and up are available during each session. Workshops are hands-on and participatory, and many include a take-home element.

Upcoming Dates

  • March 23, 2020
    • Registration opens February 18

Prices

Members

  • $8 per student for each workshop
  • $17 per student for the full day (three workshops)
  • $90 maximum family price

Non-Members

  • $12 per student for each workshop
  • $26 per student for the full day (three workshops)
  • $100 maximum family price

Children 4 and under are admitted free of charge but must be registered. Up to two adults per family are admitted free of charge. Adults must remain in the building at all times.

Toddler Time

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

Pre-Registration Required

  • Enrollment is limited and families must pre-register. 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.
  • Registration for the March 23 Homeschool Day opens February 18 and closes March 18.

March 23, 2020 Program Schedule

Ages 5-7

10:00 – 10:50 AM: Mapping Connecticut
Calling all explorers! Traverse Connecticut’s varied landscape through hands-on, geography-based activities. Use a variety of materials and follow multi-step directions to create your own three-dimensional map of Connecticut’s many unique landforms.

11:00 – 11:50 AM: Quilt Quest                                                                                                                                                   Every single person is unique, but did you know that quilts are too? Join us on a journey to discover hidden details in Connecticut’s historic quilts. Look for compelling clues to our state’s past, enjoy a story together, and create your own piece of patchwork art.  

12:30 – 1:20 PM: What’s in the Toy Box?                                                                                                                                 Imagine you were a kid 70 years ago! What toys would you have played with? Would they be the same as your toys today? Join us as we travel back in time to learn about silly putty, wiffle ball, and other popular toys of the 1950s and 1960s. Then make your own toy to take home!

Ages 8-11

10:00 – 10:50 AM: A Day in the Life
What event do you remember most in your life? A birthday? A presidential election? Explore the national events that impacted kids growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. From the moon landing to setting homerun records, childhood in the 50s and 60s was nothing shy of eventful!

11:00 – 11:50 AM: Where in the World?
How do we know where we are going? Explore the importance of latitude and longitude and their influence on mapmaking. Using navigational skills, travel through time to chart the course of Bernard Romans, a Revolutionary War-era Connecticut mapmaker.

12:30 – 1:20 PM: Crazy About Quilts
Can a cozy quilt also be a distinctive work of art? Do quilts tell stories about their creators? Was quilting a way to save money or show off wealth? What is a “crazy quilt”!?! Join us to explore what these textiles can tell us about the lives of our fellow Connecticans, and design a pattern for the quilt of your dreams!

Ages 12+

10:00 – 10:50 AM: The Stories in the Stitches
Who decides what constitutes “art”? Was quilting an example of frugality or a flight of fancy? How did the Industrial Revolution change the world of quilting? Can fabric be used to communicate personal beliefs? Join us as we investigate these key questions, and create your own piece of artwork.

11:00 – 11:50 AM: The Times They Are A-Changin’
Hold onto your hats, Connecticut – things are about to change! The 1950s and 1960s significantly altered pop culture all across the United States. Rock & Roll and TV took center stage in the public eye. Join us as we examine major cultural shifts and how they impacted Connecticut’s youth.

12:30 – 1:20 PM: Diving into Maps
What can maps tell us about our past? What hidden details lie within? Through close-looking at maps and other primary sources from our collection, join us as we uncover the many ways Connecticut’s communities have changed throughout history.


For all this information at a glance, click here to download the March 23 Homeschool Day Schedule

To support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, the Connecticut Historical Society will temporarily close now through April 22. All on-site programs and events are canceled during this time.Click here for CHS's digital programs.