Hitchcock Homeschool

Our Homeschool programs—both Hitchcock Homeschool and Homeschool Discovery Days—provide children with science and nature themes designed to encourage thoughtful curiosity. This year-round homeschool program provides innovative curriculum to help children ages 6–12 develop the skills and competencies they need to become environmentally literate.

Registration for Winter and Spring Children and Family programs is open.
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Financial aid available. Click here to learn more.
Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee.

Spring Homeschool I

Raindrop to Reservoir: All About Water
Katie Koerten, Hitchcock Educator
Ages 6-8
Tuesdays, 10:00am-2:00pm
10 classes: March 14, 21, 28, April 11, April 25, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6
Members: $420/Non-members: $448
Limited to 12 participants. 

For all creatures on Earth, water is life. In this weekly homeschool class, we will explore the wonders of water, from its fascinating molecular properties to how it works in a watershed. Using the new Hitchcock “living” building as a learning tool, homeschoolers will have a behind the scenes look at the fascinating processes that allow us to capture rainwater and filter it to use in the building. Water matters to all of us, so we’ll explore water from the points of view of animals, people, plants, and even rocks and clouds! We will discover how vital water is in our lives, and improve our “aqua-literacy” by learning where our water comes from and where it goes. With games, experiments, home projects and field trips, we’ll find out how water is precious, fascinating, and powerful – and how we can protect it!

Spring Homeschool II

Biologists in Training
Jeff Mazur, Hitchcock Educator
Ages 9-12
Tuesdays, 10:00am-2:00pm
10 classes: March 14, 21, 28, April 11, April 25, May 9, May 16, May 23, May 30, June 6
Members: $420/Non-members: $448
Limited to 10 participants. 

In this evolving weekly homeschool class, we will become science detectives, learning more about the life all around us. We will explore life in all sorts of ways – from using a microscope, to venturing into different of habitats. We will discover what is underfoot, in the water, or growing right before our eyes. Together we will become citizen scientists helping to conduct a salamander study, asking and researching questions, and being the first group to study the animals and plants growing around the new Hitchcock Center. With games, experiments, special guests, home projects and field trips we will have close encounters with different types of living creatures and learn how they survive and thrive. 

Homeschool Discovery Days

with Katie Koerten or Jeff Mazur
Tuesdays 10:00am-2:00pm
Ages 6-12
Members: $42 per program/Non-members: $46 per program
Tuesdays, January 10, January 24, February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 13
Do you love science and nature? Do you want to see what the Hitchcock Homeschool program is all about? Sign up for our Discovery Days, our one-time programs about science and nature. In a mixed-age setting, we explore cool topics at the Hitchcock Center, meet science experts, and sometimes go on field trips. Our Discovery Day programs are appropriate for everyone from first time to veteran homeschoolers, and we welcome almost-6 year olds who are interested in joining our class in the spring. This is designed as a drop-off program, although the occasional parents and younger siblings stay as long as disruptions are kept to a minimum. Limited to 12 participants per program.

January 10: Rube Goldberg Machines with Katie Koerten

January 24: The Truth About Bats with Katie Koerten (rescheduled from 10/25/16)

February 7: Amazing Plant Adaptations: Field Trip to Smith Botanic Garden with Jeff Mazur

March 7: Backyard Birds with Katie Koerten

April 4: Amphibians of Spring with Jeff Mazur

May 2: What is Swimming in Our Waters? with Jeff Mazur

June 13: Patterns in Nature with Katie Koerten

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