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 are $14 each. 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.

Butterfly Life Cycle

December 16

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 get students speaking scientifically) and work together to demonstrate what they’ve learned by acting out the stages of the butterfly life cycle. 

Recommended for grades 1 through 3.

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Playthings and Pastimes from Long Ago

January 20

What did children play with before the era of plastics, batteries, computers, and videos? Students visit One History Place to learn about early 20th-century America by comparing toys from long ago and now and by role-playing the games and pastimes of this bygone era.

Recommended for Kindergarten through grade 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.

ELA Skill Building Theme Day

Students talk, laugh, listen, write, and play with ELA skills while exploring museum exhibits for inspiration. Mini-lessons are facilitated by museum educators throughout the exhibits and focus on the following 6+1 Traits of Writing: sentence fluency, ideas, word choice, and voice. Students receive personalized ELA skills handbooks to take with them.

Recommended for grade 3.

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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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Let's Move! Theme Day

Students get a workout as they visit a variety of heart-healthy stations in the museum and learn how to develop healthy habits for the summer ahead! Students stretch their understanding of anatomy with yoga for kids, strengthen their cooperation skills with playground games, develop an understanding of nutrition by planning a healthy menu, and more.

Recommended for pre-K through grade 3

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Garden Science Theme Day

Explore the wonders of garden science through engaging hands-on activities. Observe, sketch, and analyze garden specimens. Check out a variety of garden creatures and meet a real scientist. Stroll through the museum’s outdoor Discovery Garden or add a Dancing Wings Butterfly Garden tour. (Butterfly garden tours are $4 additional per person.)

Recommended for Kindergarten through grade 3.

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