Homeschoolers can unearth the treasure of our local history during a series of programs being presented this winter and early spring by the Johnson County Museum.
Homeschool History Adventures! is the name of this program, which is for ages seven to 13. Participants will examine artifacts from the museum's collection, explore the museum's main exhibit called "Becoming Johnson County," and put their brains and hands to work with interactive projects, games, and activities in the museum classroom. These monthly sessions serve as an engaging supplement to homeschool curriculums, and give students the opportunity to build both new friendships and a new appreciation for what came before us.
These programs take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each two-hour program is $6 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration includes admission to the Johnson County Museum and to KidScape. For more information or to register, call (913) 831-3359. To register online at www.jcprd.com, click on Activity Registration in the upper left part of the screen and perform a search for the barcodes listed below.
To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under enrichment &special interests. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “enrichment.”
The first program in the series is called All Aboard!, and will allow students to discover Johnson County’s railroads during this fun, hands-on program! Students can see how trains got our community on track with an interactive journey through our exhibit, imagine life in boom and bust towns, and compete to design and build their own bridge that will bring the railroad to your town!
This program is offered at two different dates and times. One program will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 4 (barcode 41993), while the other will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 5 (barcode 41994).
Other upcoming Homeschool History Adventures! programs this season will include: Lamp of Freedom on Feb. 1 and 2 (barcodes 41995 and 41996), "Hold the Phone, History's Calling" on March 1 and 2 (barcodes 41997and 41998), and "What's Cookin' " on March 5 and 6 barcodes 42000 and 42001.
These programs are also eligible for credit in the Mindfulness dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U call Nathan at (913) 826-2950.
The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District.