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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, December 14th, here are the classes being offered that day 
  •   9:45am Bang! Zoom! To the Moon! Planetarium Presentation with Bobby is all ages​​
  •   11am Animal Architecture, K-3 grades *this class was cancelled and replaced with Animal Homes in October. 
  •   11am Living In Space, 4-8 grades
  •   12pm Lunch in downstairs classroom
  •   12:30pm Water & Our Community, K-3 grades
  •   12:30pm Human Survival, 4-8 grades
1 class + admission is $8, two classes + admission is $10. Planetarium is $5.  One free adult per child, children ages 5 and up are paying students in each class.
Bang! Zoom! To the Moon!  
How does the moon move, and why does it change appearance?  The moon is the most easily recognized object in the night sky, as well as the most misunderstood.  It changes shape, location and timing, creates eclipses, and is the only other planetary object humans have landed on and explored. Following the planetarium experience, students use clay to makes a scale model of the relative size of sun to moon, and explore how the moon moves, independent of the earth, and vice versa. The session closes with a viewing of actual moon landings.
Animal Architecture
In this class we will be taking a closer look at both how animals are physically structured and how they structure their environment to meet their needs. Adaptations like digging claws and chisel-like teeth allow animals to survive more successfully to their habitat and thrive. Hands-on activities will be incorporated to illustrate how animals use their environment. ​​
Living In Space
Is it possible that humans might be walking on Mars within a decade? NASA and companies like SpaceX are working on plans to put humans on Mars soon, and we already have the International Space Station too! What would it take to live in space, on another planet, or just floating amongst the stars? In this lesson we will study the kinds of technologies that will be necessary to support human life, and also the biology and physics necessary to understand why it’s so difficult to leave the Earth!
Water and Our Community   
Students begin by brainstorming what people use water for, then are introduced to different categories of water use for agriculture, commerce, industry, domestic and other uses.  Using a google image of their own town students identify the location of lakes and rivers in their communities.  They build a model of a water system for their community using recycled materials, and solve a problem focused on their community water cycle.  Younger students act out the story of their community water cycle.  Older students work with a diagram of the water cycle to assess understanding.
Human Survival
Students will learn the about the 7 basic needs of human survival in any outdoor environment. Discussion will be about which need is prioritized first, then basic survival skills in any situation. Students will think about how to layer in cold weather, fire making, and if there’s enough snow, observe and/or help build quinzhee here outside the museum.


For Friday, December 21st, here are the classes being offered that day: 

  •   9:45am From Stonehenge to the Great Pyramid Planetarium Presentation with Mark is all ages​​
  •   11am Dar they Blow, K-3 grades 
  •   11am A Day in the Life of a Meteorologist, 4-8 grades
  •   12pm Lunch in downstairs classroom
  •   12:30pm Simple Machines, K-3 grades
  •   12:30pm First Vermonters, 4-8 grades

1 class + admission is $8, two classes + admission is $10. Planetarium is $5.  One free adult per child, children ages 5 and up are paying students in each class.​

From Stonehenge to the Great Pyramid: Ancient Astronomy SitesGrades 3-8

Observing and measuring the sky had a prominent role in nearly every ancient culture.  Most importantly, it created a system of time-keeping, necessary for the organization and growth of a large population sharing similar beliefs and principles.   These cornerstone concepts led to the construction of structures capable of measuring and marking significant astronomical events – seasons, cycles, and motions in the heavens.  Students will start by exploring the relationship with basic astronomy observations and time.  Then, they will consider possible ways to measure elements of the skies.  That will lead to a discussion of how ancient astronomers designed structures to track these changes over time, including Stonehenge, the Great Pyramid of Egypt, some ancient Mayan sites, and others.

Dar they Blow!, The Whales of the World

Did you know that whales once swam in Vermont? This lesson will introduce students to the giant mammals that returned to the sea in order to introduce and demonstrate the concepts of adaptation and evolution. In addition, we will focus on the attributes that they share with all mammals to build on students’ knowledge of animal life. The rich and complex history of the whaling industry will also be featured, particularly for students in the higher grades. From the ancient, weasel-like ancestors to the largest creature to ever have lived, this oceanic exploration of earth’s most fascinating behemoths will be enlightening for learners of all ages.

Day in the Life of a Meteorologist

What tools and skills do meteorologists need to make a forecast? Every day there is a new mystery and puzzle to solve.  Clues to answering the mystery are taken from observation, instrumentation, satellites, and radar.  Two methods of forecasting are discussed:  the persistence method that uses the directions of weather movement and computer models that illustrate the changes in weather systems over time. The role of numbers and equations in forecasting are illustrated.  

Simple Machines

Students will be introduced to the six simple machines of pulleys, levers, wedges, wheels, inclined planes, and screws that are the basic components of many familiar machines.  Taking a look at the construction machines on Main Street, students will think about how complex machines work.  The students will then be challenged to use both simple machines separately and together to solve problems in teams.

The First Vermonters: a History of the Abenaki People

The Abenaki people have lived in Vermont for thousands of years, and they are still here today. By focusing on the individual lives of seven famous Abenakis from different times, we’ll explore how their culture has survived the centuries and evolved to meet the challenges of a changing world.  We’ll also discover how the Abenaki Nation has shaped the present and future of all of Vermont’s people.​

Friday Homeschool Dates for 2019

  • January 11th, 2019 in the field
  • February 22nd at the museum
  • 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