Homeschool Programs

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 Fall Children & Family programs opens June 11, 2019.

Please renew your membership here.
Financial aid is currently limited to a discount of $25/family. Learn more and apply here.

Did you know that your EBT card can be used to access membership and programs at the Hitchcock Center? Learn more about the EBT Card to Culture Program.

Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee.

Homeschool I: Marvelous Mammals – Session is filled and wait list only

with Katie Koerten
Tuesdays, 10am-2pm
September 24, October 8, 15, 22, 29,  November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10
(
No class October 1 or November 5)
Members: $450/Non-members: $540

What do porcupines, blue whales and little brown bats have in common? They’re all mammals! And so are we! This fall we’ll be learning all about the world of mammals – which ones live here and what their adaptations are. These furry, warm-blooded creatures are not so different from you and me. What are their lives like, what do they eat, where do they live? What makes them unique from other animals? Each week we’ll focus on a new mammal and its adaptations and natural history. Every day we’ll explore the outdoors, play games, learn new vocabulary words and further the learning at home with optional home projects. Limited to 12 participants. Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee.

Homeschool II: Our Valley, Our Home – Session is nearly filled

with Jeff Mazur
Tuesdays, 10am-2pm
September 24, October 8, 15, 22, 29,  November 12, 19, 26, December 3, 10
(No class October 1 or November 5)
Members: $450/Non-members: $540

How many different types of habitats are in the Pioneer Valley? Join us this fall as we try and find out! From mountain tops, to caves, to rivers and forest – there is some much to learn about. During this series, we will be exploring our valley – discovering different types of habitats, and learning about the plants and animals that live there.  Each week we will visit a new place around the Hitchcock Center and beyond, focusing on how that place is a special part of the valley ecosystem. Every day we will explore the outdoors, play games and further learning at home with optional home projects. Limited to 12 participants. Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee.

Homeschool Discovery Days

with Katie Koerten or Jeff Mazur
Ages 6-12
Tuesdays, 10am-2pm
September 17, October 1, November 5, December 10
Members: $45 per program /Non-members: $55 per program

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. Limited to 12 participants per program.

September 17: Hurray for Herps with Jeff Mazur

Snakes and turtles and frogs, oh my! Today we will slither and hop into the world of herpetology, getting a chance to meet some of our subjects face to face!

October 1: Patterns in Nature with Katie Koerten

What do a fiddlehead, DNA, and a hurricane all have in common? They’re all spirals! Many other patterns and designs are common throughout nature, and today we’ll study them and look for examples in nature.

November 5: Stars in the Sky: Field Trip to the Basset Planetarium with Jeff Mazur

Come with us, on a field trip to the stars. We are going to be visiting the Basset Planetarium get a look at our solar system and beyond!

December 17: Chain Reaction Machines with Katie Koerten

If you love building creations out of everyday materials, this is the program for you! Today homeschoolers will be challenged to build Rube-Goldberg-style contraptions that perform a simple task, such as flipping a light switch or watering a plant.

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