Homeschool

2019–20 School Year Homeschool Program and Registration Information

The New Hampshire Historical Society offers several engaging programs for Granite State homeschoolers each year. Designed specifically for homeschool learners, these programs combine hands-on learning opportunities with access to the museum objects, manuscripts, and photographs in the Society’s collections. Each program meets monthly, September through November and January through May, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Society’s historic building located at 30 Park Street in downtown Concord. Space is limited, and advanced registration is required.


Books of New Hampshire: Learning Literacy Through Children’s Books
Recommended for ages 5 to 8

Dates: Thursdays, September 19, October 24, and November 21, 2019; January 9, February 6, March 5, April 9, and May 7, 2020; and Monday, May 18, 2020 (year-end celebration day)
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Registration Form


Storytime, games, maps, and more! The “Books of New Hampshire” program uses children’s storybooks to teach history and literacy. Kids will explore New Hampshire’s history and geography, building reading comprehension, vocabulary, and map skills through hands-on games and crafts and visiting the Discovering New Hampshire and White Mountains in the Parlor exhibitions. Each month will focus on a different classic of children’s literature that explores a theme in New Hampshire’s history. Learners will create a lapbook with maps, games, vocabulary cards, images, and other activities customized for the storybook. At the end of the program, each child will have a set of lapbooks for use at home to foster independent learning.

This program is recommended for children ages 5 to 8. An adult parent or caregiver must be present during the class.


Exploring New Hampshire: Granite State History for Homeschoolers
Recommended for ages 7 to 12

Dates: Mondays, September 16, October 21, November 18, and December 16, 2019; January 6, February 3, March 2, April 6, May 4, 2020; and May 18, 2020 (year-end celebration day)
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Registration Form

Learn more about the state you love! The New Hampshire Historical Society presents “Exploring New Hampshire,” a monthly program designed specifically to introduce homeschool learners to state history through a unit-study approach that offers plenty of opportunities for hands-on learning. With a small group of learners, participants will explore the Granite State’s history through stories, images, maps, crafts, games, and primary sources drawn from the Society’s collection of objects, manuscripts, photographs, and books. Learners will discover the broad sweep of New Hampshire’s history, from the oral traditions of the Abenaki to the media blitz of the first-in-the-nation presidential primary.

Each session will feature a welcome activity, a lesson on the theme, and a craft, game, or other hands-on activity for kids to apply what they’ve learned. We will also explore tie-ins to museum objects in our Discovering New Hampshire and White Mountains in the Parlor exhibitions. Takeaways include a curated list of resources about each topic and suggestions for extension activities. At the end of the program, children will have produced a portfolio of projects on New Hampshire history and will have the opportunity to showcase their portfolio to friends and family at the year-end celebration.

This program is recommended for children ages 7 to 12, although younger children are welcome to participate with their older siblings. Many activities include reading and writing. All children ages 5 and older must register and pay the registration fee.


National History Day for Homeschool Learners
Participants must be ages 11 to 18

Dates: Tuesdays, September 17, October 22, November 19, and December 17, 2019; and January 7, February 18, March 3, and March 31, 2020; state competition on a Saturday in April 2020 (exact date TBD); and Monday, May 18, 2020 (year-end celebration day)
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Registration Form


This program will mentor New Hampshire homeschool learners who wish to participate in the National History Day program.

National History Day (NHD) is a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression. Participants will hone their critical thinking skills by designing, researching, and presenting a project on a historical topic.

With the help of one of the Society’s educators, kids will pick a topic from history that inspires them, explore different ways to present their topic, and then dive deep into research so they become the expert. The five project categories are documentary film, exhibit, paper, website, or performance, and projects may be done individually or in a group of two to five learners.

The eight sessions of the program are divided between four group sessions, which focus on choosing a topic, forming a research question, research skills and strategies, and presentation, and four work sessions where learners can receive individualized feedback on their projects.

Participants must fall into the junior division (6th-8th grade) or the senior division (9th-12th grade). This program requires learners to work independently at home on their research projects. All projects must relate to the 2019–20 NHD theme, “Breaking Barriers in History.”

Learners will present their projects at the New Hampshire National History Day competition at Plymouth State University in April 2020 (exact date TBD). Learners and their families are responsible for all costs related to the competition, including registration and transportation.


Redcoats and Rebels: New Hampshire and the American Revolution
Recommended for ages 12 to 16

Dates: Wednesdays, September 18, October 23, and November 20, 2019; January 8, February 5, March 4, April 8, and May 6, 2020; and Monday, May 18, 2020 (year-end celebration day)
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Registration Form


Experience the American Revolution at the New Hampshire Historical Society! This program uses a tabletop game structure to immerse learners in the role that New Hampshire played in the fight for independence from Britain and bring a human perspective to these key events. Kids will experience the history of the American Revolution in a whole new way as they play out eight conflicts over the course of the program. Using a character they have created, participants will gain new insights into the motivations of both Redcoats and Rebels and make decisions that will impact the fate of a new nation.

This program is recommended for learners ages 12 to 16. Participants are encouraged to complete some work at home.


How to Register

Pre-registration is required for all homeschool programs. The fee is $125 per child, with a $25 sibling discount. New Hampshire Historical Society members pay $100 per child. Parents and non-participating children aged 4 and under are free of charge. Full, nonrefundable payment must be made at the time of registration to secure your child’s place. Registrations will be processed in the order in which they are received. For more information or to register, contact Assistant Director of Education and Public Programs Jenn Walton..

Registration Forms
Books of New Hampshire: Learning Literacy Through Children’s Books
Exploring New Hampshire: Granite State History for Homeschoolers
National History Day for Homeschool Learners
Redcoats and Rebels: New Hampshire and the American Revolution

Contact

Jennifer Walton
Assistant Director of Education & Public Programs
603-856-0645
jwalton@nhhistory.org

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