Homeschool Day Educational programs designed for homeschool families


Homeschool Days at the Connecticut Historical Society are programs specifically designed for homeschool families. These events give children the opportunity to enjoy engaging, educational workshops 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 children ages 5 and up are available at each session. Workshops are hands-on and participatory, and many include a take-home element.

Upcoming Dates

  • October 15, 2018
    • Registration opens August 31
  • February 11, 2019
    • Registration opens January 11

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. 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 [email protected] to register.
  • Registration closes October 9 for the October 15 Homeschool Day.

October 15, 2018  Program Schedule

Ages 5-7

10:00 – 10:50 AM: Coming to Connecticut
Have you ever moved before? See what moving to a new country was like for kids who have immigrated to Connecticut. Take a close look at what families brought with them when they moved, and make your own “suitcase” of your favorite things.

11:00 – 11:50 AM: Doughboys and Doggies
Explore the different jobs done by the men, women, and animals who served overseas during World War I. Try out daily activities done by soldiers, nurses, and aid workers, and learn about Sgt. Stubby, the most decorated dog of World War I.

12:30 – 1:20 PM: Helping on the Home Front
Find out how kids and families helped the war effort during World War I from their homes in Connecticut. Work a shift in a simulated mess kit “factory,” and make a victory garden poster to hang up at home.

Ages 8-11

10:00 – 10:50 AM: The War at Home
If you lived during World War I, how do you think the war would have changed your life? Discover the ways the war impacted daily life for Connecticans, exploring work, home, and public life through crafts, close-looking, and hands-on activities.

11:00 – 11:50 AM: Unpacking the Past
Uncover the stories of families who moved to Connecticut through the artifacts they packed in their “immigration trunks,” and start thinking about your own family’s story with a family tree activity.

12:30 – 1:20 PM: Over There
Learn about World War I through the eyes of the soldiers and aid workers who served in Europe. Read their words, see the war through their photographs, and try out activities to put yourself in the shoes of the men and women serving “over there.”

Ages 12+

10:00 – 10:50 AM: Facing World War I: Part I
Take a deep dive into World War I! In this two-part workshop, we’ll explore how the war affected and changed life for Connecticut people at home and abroad. We’ll dig into themes like racial equality, women’s rights, and mobilization and resistance by analyzing historic letters, photographs, and artifacts.

11:00 – 11:50 AM: Facing World War I: Part II
Take a deep dive into World War I! In this two-part workshop, we’ll explore how the war affected and changed life for Connecticut people at home and abroad. We’ll dig into themes like racial equality, women’s rights, and mobilization and resistance by analyzing historic letters, photographs, and artifacts. Participation in Part I is required. 

12:30 – 1:20 PM: Chance, Choice & Change: Immigration to Connecticut
Explore the history of immigration to Connecticut! Discover the stories of individual immigrant families by examining their belongings, and analyze the ways that Connecticut communities have changed over time.

October 2018 Program Schedule (PDF)