Homeschoolers can unearth the treasure of our local history during a new series of programs being presented this fall by the Johnson County Museum.
Homeschool History Adventures! is the name of this program, which is for ages eight to 12. 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 Westward Ho, and will allow students to chart their course, pack their wagon, and set off on a life-changing adventure down the Oregon-California and Santa Fe trails. Along the way, they'll discover the story of these historical highways in our new exhibit, polish their map skills, work together with their traveling companions to make decisions about their journey, and chronicle their adventures using old-fashioned pen and ink!
This program is offered at two different dates and times. One program will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept., 6 (barcode 40611), while the other will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 7 (barcode 40612).
Other upcoming Homeschool History Adventures! programs this season will include: What to Wear on Oct. 4 and 5 (barcodes 40613 and 40614), "The Original Kansans on Nov. 1 and 2 (barcodes 40616 and 40617), and Life on the Homefront on Dec. 6 and 7 barcodes 40618 and 40619.
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.