Tinker, create, and explore.
The 2nd Monday of the Month
September – June
9am – 2pm
Opportunity for homeschool families
Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum’s homeschool programming. Wonderfeet facilitates two homeschool days each month. On the second Monday of each month, the homeschool program takes place at the museum. This day’s program focuses on building background knowledge on the selected topic through hands-on engagement, exploration, and instructor explanation. As a multi-age group, we will organize our day with a variety of whole and small group activities, differentiating by age and/or interest when appropriate. Programming will emphasize connections to Vermont both past and present.
The second homeschool programming day of each month will be an optional field trip aimed at expanding understanding and making connections to the month’s topic through local and regional partnerships. Extension ideas supplied to kids and their families will also provide support for learning at home. Please continue reading to find out more about the exciting happenings planned for the 2019-2020 school year.
Let’s Explore! 2019-2020 Topics
September: Forms of Energy
We use energy in all its forms almost every day. This month we will build understanding of energy with a particular focus on thermal energy, insulators and conductors, and the construction of our own solar concentrators.
September’s field trip will be Monday, September 30th at Stafford Hill. The Green Mountain Power facility is located on Gleason Road. We will tour the facility and learn more about renewable energy, solar power, and how battery storage works.
Sign-ups for September’s Home School Club will close on Friday, September 6th.
October: Energy Transformations
This month we will go with the energy flow as we learn about how energy and matter move through natural systems and those designed by people. Food webs, interdependence between producers, consumers, and decomposers, and more will be explored.
November: Interactions in Ecosystems – Part 1
How would you describe a healthy ecosystem? How does nature facilitate ecosystem creation? Learn about the relationship between Earth’s geologic features and the construction of ecosystems, responsible in part for the diversity we find on our planet.
December: Interactions in Ecosystems – Part 2
Organisms in an ecosystem are all connected. The interactions between them have consequences. Do you have a growing number of bullfrogs in your pond? What happens to the population of other smaller creatures? A lot of sheep grazed in Vermont in the past? What happened to our forests? What are our forests like now? Examine these questions and more this December.
January and February: Variations and Heredity – Part 1 and 2
During the months of January and February we will delve into how the environment and genetics affect organisms. From the difference between weather and climate on plants, dog species variety and toxic algae bloom in local waterways to our exploding tick population, the world around us is ever changing.
March: Extreme Living
How do people use technology to survive in regions with different climates? This month we will investigate some typical climates on Earth, including those considered extreme, and learn how people have adapted to live in these areas.
April: Renewable and Nonrenewable Resources
Humans use renewable and nonrenewable resources and our population continues to increase. For example, local ski resorts use water for snowmaking in winter, we water our gardens in summer, and use a variety of other resources in our daily lives. How is our use impacting the world around us?
May and June: Climate Change and Sustainability
What is climate change? How do we know human activity is influencing climate? How is a changing climate impacting Vermont? How are we already adapting? What possible solutions are available to local and global communities? Seek answers to these questions while zeroing in on what’s happening in our state in relation to this issue.
Field Trips and Collaborations:
We continue to organize the locations and schedule for field trips. We aim to keep field trips as local as possible to help participants understand the implications of these topics on our own lives and community. Parents/caregivers will be needed as field trip chaperones each month. Please check back for more details.
Each month kids will receive a resource to support learning on a given topic at home. The resource may include links to online instructional ideas, dates and information on upcoming related community events, further readings, and more. In addition, in a partnership with the Rutland Free Library, kids may sign up with us to work with library staff collecting text sources for upcoming sessions. For example, a small group of kids may work with staff finding resources in the library related to ecosystems to support our WKM programming in November and December. Dates TBD.
Beyond STEM related endeavors, there will also be opportunities for interested kids to write homeschool program updates for the WKM webpage, participate in programs for local preschoolers, and volunteer at the museum as docents.
Thank you for checking out WKM’s homeschool programming information. Please direct questions and/or comments to:
Cost (single class):
$20 per student
$15 per student for your second child
$10 per student for any additional children
Who: Students ages 6 and up
Where: Wonderfeet Kids’ Museum
Bring: Nut-free snack and lunch
Please note: Limited to the first 15 students signed up
* Homeschool Day is a drop-off activity at the museum. However, caregivers who are interested in co-teaching/facilitating or leading a future club, please contact Sarah.
Homeschool Club Registration
CLOSED for September Class