Fairbanks Museum educators work with homeschool groups to offer a range of learning activities, making use of our amazing museum galleries, our extensive outdoor campus in Danville, and other environments in St. Johnsbury. Our focus is on experiences that make learning fun and memorable for learners in grades K – 8. Homeschool families can come individually or in a group to join one of our regularly scheduled programs. To learn more, contact Leila Nordmann.
Homeschool Fridays for 2018/19
New Homeschool Membership for 10 months of Friday classes for $50 per child
This membership is for homeschool students attending homeschool Fridays only. It does not count as a museum membership. From the time you sign-up, it will be good through June 2019. Please sign up here.
For Friday, February 22 here are the classes offered that day at the museum:
- 9:45 am: Myths In the Sky Planetarium Presentation with Bobby is all ages
- 11:00 am: Vermont Mammals in Winter, grades K-3
- 11:00 am: The Human Habitat, grades 4-8
- 12:00 pm: Lunch- Bring your own, we provide a lunch space
- 12:30 pm: Exploration Station, grades K-3
- 12:30 pm: You Are What You Eat, grades 4-8
1 class + admission is $8, two classes + admission is $10. Planetarium is $5. Full day is $15 per student. One free adult per child, children ages 5 and up are paying students in each class.
Myths in the Sky
This class is adapted to the knowledge base of the class at hand. For students who have been studying myths and legends, the museum educator begins with student knowledge, asking them to retell the stories. The characters in those stories and the storylines are illustrated through star patterns. Students new to the study of myths learn that there are three types of myths related to the night skies: explanation myths, myths inspired by the constellations, and myths that use constellations to retell an established story.
Vermont Mammals in Winter
Are there different adaptations animals need to survive in winter? Do they migrate, hibernate or gather food? This class focuses on those that hibernate or gather and store food. Students begin with an examination of animal pelts and then move into the gallery to look at lodges, shelters and physical adaptations such as feet, fur, and diet.
The Human Habitat
Students are introduced to the human microbiome and the cells that make up our bodies. Using a skit with Legos as characters, a metaphorical pirate ship and its crew members are attacked by different pathogens, illustrating the processes of disease and health. After the skit, the class will view photos of actual cells in the human body.
Welcome to observation boot camp incorporating your senses! Come and experience hands-on activities based on Vermont birds. We will practice our skills of observing incuding tool use of binoculars!
You Are What You Eat
What does your food, the human body and the periodic table have in common? This class explores what we eat and why we need certain kinds of food. Students view pictures of what happens to humans when we don't get the nutrients we need.
Friday Homeschool Dates for 2019
- March 15th at the museum
- April 26th in the field -- Homeschool Science Fair: 2:30pm-4pm
- May 24th at the museum
- June 14th at the museum