Homeschool and Homeschool Discovery Days

Registration for HCE’s Winter and Spring programs opens December 6, 2022

A note about registration: Many of our programs fill quickly, so we highly recommend registering on the waiting list. We go to this list first if a space opens up. And by adding your name, you can help us better plan for the programs that are in high demand.

HOMESCHOOL SERIES

HOMESCHOOL I: THE SCIENCE OF SMALL THINGS

With Emily Schuttenberg
Grades 1-3, Ages 6-8
Tuesdays 10:00am -2:00 pm
March 7 – May 30
(No program Mar 14, Apr 11 for Discovery Days, no class April 18 for April Vacation Week)
Tier A: $757 Tier B: $658 Tier C: $560 Tier D: $428
Limited to 13 participants

In Homeschool I: the Science of Small Things, we will investigate the tiny but mighty parts of the world that are often overlooked. Through exploration of insects, seeds, fungi, chemical compounds and more, we will discover that these small things have a big impact! We will approach learning with outdoor play, hands-on activities, journaling, songs, and more.

HOMESCHOOL II: ROCKS AND WATER: THE SHAPING OF OUR VALLEY

With Jeff Mazur
Grades 4-6, Ages 9-12
Tuesdays 10:00am – 2:00 pm
March 7 – May 30
(No program Mar 14, Apr 11 for Discovery Days, no class April 18 for April Vacation Week)
Tier A: $757 Tier B:$658 Tier C:$560 Tier D:$428
Limited to 13 participants

We will start at the beginning, the very beginning – the Big Bang, and travel through time discovering how the earth was formed, our continent shaped, and end with where we are today. We will explore the geological and erosional forces that shaped the valley together. This class will be filled with field trips to explore mountains and caves, games, journaling, home projects and more. Together we will develop an appreciation for some of the beautiful parts of our valley as well as how it was formed.
Non-refundable within a week of the start of the program; all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee.

DISCOVERY DAYS

Amazing Plant Adaptations: Field Trip to Smith Botanic Garden
With Jeff Mazur
January 10, 2023 10am – 2pm
Ages 6-12 or grades 1 – 6
Tier A:$70 Tier B:$61 Tier C:$52 Tier D:$40
Limited to 13 participants

If you were a plant struggling to survive, how would you do it? Together we will learn about some of the amazing adaptations plants have to protect themselves, shape their habitat, and thrive in challenging environments.

Energy is Electrifying
With Emily Schuttenberg
January 24, 2023 10am – 2pm
Ages 6-12 or grades 1 – 6
Tier A:$70 Tier B:$61 Tier C:$52 Tier D:$40
Limited to 13 participants

We use electricity for so many things, but where does it come from? Come investigate with us as we learn about the ways electricity can be generated and how this affects the environment. We’ll explore with circuits and even design a way to generate our own electricity.

Animals in Winter
With Jeff Mazur
February 14, 2023 10am – 2pm
Ages 6-12 or grades 1 – 6
Tier A:$70 Tier B:$61 Tier C:$52 Tier D:$40
Limited to 1 participants

What do animals do when it gets cold out? We are going to find out, as we learn about some of the amazing adaptations animals have to survive winter in New England. We will also go on an adventure looking for animal tracks and signs.

Marvelous Mammals
With Emily Schuttenberg
March 14, 2023 10am – 2pm
Ages 6-12 or grades 1 – 6
Tier A:$70 Tier B:$61 Tier C:$52 Tier D:$40
Limited to 12 participants

What do porcupines, blue whales and little brown bats have in common? They’re all mammals! And so are we! Join us as we learn about mammal adaptations and the mammals we might run into in our backyards.

Amphibians of Spring
With Jeff Mazur
April 11, 2023 10am – 2pm
Ages 6-12 or grades 1 – 6
Tier A:$70 Tier B:$61 Tier C:$52 Tier D:$40
Limited to 12 participants

Peep! Peep! This is the time of year that our local amphibians wake up! On this day we will learn the major frog and toad species found in Massachusetts and the sounds they make. We’ll visit the vernal pool in the forest at the Hitchcock Center to look and listen for signs of peepers, wood frogs, and salamanders.

Life in a Pond
With Emily Schuttenberg
June 6, 2023 10am – 2pm
Ages 6-12 or grades 1- 6
Tier A:$70 Tier B:$61 Tier C:$52 Tier D:$40
Limited to 12 participants

Living in the pond isn’t easy, but dragonfly nymphs, whirligig beetles, and giant water bugs have what it takes! At this class we’ll learn about the amazing adaptations that aquatic insects have to survive, then we’ll take the PVTA to Bramble Hill Farm to collect and observe a wonderful diversity of live specimens.

Fees

Out of a strong commitment to improve access to our programs we are now offering a new sliding scale fee structure aimed to provide greater flexibility in choosing a price that is right for you and your family.

Cancellation policy for fall 2022 programs: You may cancel your registration for any of our fall programs up to a week prior to the program’s start date to receive a refund minus a 10% administrative fee.  If you cancel within 7 days or less of the program’s start date, we cannot offer a refund unless we are able to fill your spot in the program.

COVID-19 Safety

Read our complete COVID-19 Program Participant Guidelines.

Our programs are designed to be fun and engaging and above all safe. The COVID-19 program guidelines are designed to help protect everyone as we meet the strict health and safety requirements of the CDC and our state. Please take the time to read the information thoroughly. If you feel that you or your child(ren) cannot follow these guidelines, we ask that you wait until these restrictions have been lifted to join one of our programs or events. We may change our guidelines to reflect new guidance from CDC and Massachusetts.

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