Homeschool Students

The Strong offers homeschooled students entertaining and unforgettable educational opportunities set amid dynamic, interactive exhibit spaces. 

Homeschool Lessons

Homeschooled students and their adults benefit from engaging lessons aligned with state and national academic standards.

Cost: $10 per student. Additional students (ages two to 15) are $10; children under age two are free. Adults in excess of the 1:1 student-to-adult ratio pay full admission. Reservations are required. Space is limited so register early.

In addition to the special lessons listed below, homeschooling families may register for lessons for school groups. These lessons require a group of at least 10 students. Museum educators will adapt educational lessons to suit homeschooled student needs. For more information, please call 585-263-2700.

Bear Bucks: Beginning Economics

January 18, 2018

The Berenstain Bears: Down a Sunny Dirt Road exhibit provides a bustling environment with Mama Bear’s Quilt Shop, Papa Bear’s Woodworking Shop, the Bear Family Restaurant, Farmer Ben’s Farm, and Dr. Bearson’s Dentist Office. Using Bear Bucks withdrawn from the bank, students role-play the parts of business owners and consumers. This is a fun way for students to apply basic math skills of adding, subtracting, beginning multiplication and recognition of dollar denominations.

Recommended for Kindergarten through grade 3.

Butterfly Life Cycle

February 7, 2018

Students build knowledge about the butterfly life cycle by observing chrysalises and butterflies in Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden. Students use informational text and science talk (a discussion protocol designed to promote student questioning and speaking scientifically). Working in small groups, students demonstrate what they have learned by illustrating and acting out the butterfly life cycle.

Recommended for grades 1 through 3.

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Theme Days

Theme Days give homeschooled students, as well as school groups, an opportunity to experience the museum in new ways. An orientation and activity guide are included with Theme Day registration.

Check-in is at 10 a.m. and orientation is at 10:15 a.m. Activities end by 2 p.m.

Fairy-Tale Fantasy Theme Day

Literature comes alive and students get the royal treatment as they make fairy-tale costumes and crafts for the Royal Ball! Students meet the Queen of Play, dance in the banquet hall with lords and ladies from the Queen’s court, play knights and dragons, and practice bow and arrow skills in Sherwood Forest. Students leave the museum happily ever after.

Recommended for pre-K through grade 3.

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Life Science Theme Day

Explore the wonders of life science through engaging hands-on activities throughout the museum. Observe plants and animals and develop questions and theories about living things. Using non-fiction texts as inspiration, learn how to record observations with drawings and labels. Stroll through the museum’s outdoor Discovery Garden or add a Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden tour. (Butterfly garden tours are additional per person.)

Recommended for Kindergarten through grade 3.

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