Homeschool

2018–19 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.


Exploring New Hampshire: Granite State History for Homeschoolers
Recommended for ages 6 to 12

Session A
Dates: Tuesdays, September 18, October 16, November 27, 2018; January 8, February 5, March 5, April 9, May 7, 2019; and Monday, May 20, 2019 (year-end celebration day)
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Registration Form

Session B
Dates: Wednesdays, September 19, October 17, November 28, 2018; January 9, February 6, March 6, April 10, May 8, 2018, and Monday, May 20, 2019 (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 6 to 12, although younger children are welcome to participate with their older siblings. Some activities include reading and writing. An adult parent or caregiver must be present during the class.


Books of New Hampshire: Learning Literacy Through Children’s Books
Recommended for ages 6 to 11

Session A
Dates: Mondays, September 17, October 15, November 19, 2018; January 7, February 4, March 4, April 8, May 6, 2019; and Monday, May 20, 2019 (year-end celebration day)
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Registration Form

Session B
Dates: Mondays, September 24, October 22, November 26, 2018; January 14, February 11, March 11, April 15, May 13, 2019; and Monday, May 20, 2019 (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. Learners 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 and one of the Granite State’s unique regions. We will explore objects in the Society’s collections to enrich our understanding of the story, and a craft, game, or other hands-on activity will help kids apply what they’ve learned. 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 boxed set of lapbooks for use at home to foster independent learning.

This program is recommended for children ages 6 to 11. An adult parent or caregiver must be present during the class.


Learning History Through Literature: A Book Club for Homeschool Learners
Recommended for ages 12 to 16

Dates: Mondays, September 17, October 15, November 19, 2018; January 7, February 4, March 4, April 8, May 6, 2019; and Monday, May 20, 2019 (year-end celebration day)
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Registration Form


Can a fictional story teach us about history? Is a poem a window into the past? Does a play educate as well as entertain? The answer to all of these questions is an enthusiastic yes! Join us as we explore New Hampshire’s history through a selection of novels, plays, poems, and more. Each month will highlight a different genre, and learners will explore the ways in which literature can enhance what we read in the history books and even teach us things we can’t learn elsewhere. Learners in this program will build critical thinking skills, practice gathering and using evidence, compare and contrast primary and secondary sources, and learn how to analyze texts, visual sources, and objects in the New Hampshire Historical Society’s collection.

Each session of “Learning History Through Literature” will begin with a writing prompt and include a robust discussion of the reading selection, a visit to the Society’s research library and Discovering New Hampshire exhibition to view collections that relate to the month’s theme, and a creative brainstorming exercise. Learners will explore the use of evidence in literature, compare how different genres, such as poetry, historical fiction, and nonfiction depict historical events, and practice their narrative and argumentative writing skills.

This program is recommended for children ages 12 to 16. Participants are expected to prepare before each session by completing the reading, viewing a 10-minute introductory video, and reviewing the discussion questions.


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 receive a $20 discount 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
Exploring New Hampshire: Granite State History for Homeschoolers, Session A
Exploring New Hampshire: Granite State History for Homeschoolers, Session B
Books of New Hampshire: Learning Literacy Through Children’s Books, Session A
Books of New Hampshire: Learning Literacy Through Children’s Books, Session B
Learning History Through Literature: A Book Club for Homeschool Learners

Contact

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

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