The Strong Museum Launches Homeschooled Students Programming
One Manhattan Square • Rochester, NY 14607 • 585-263-2700 • museumofplay.org
October 29, 2015
For Immediate Release
The Strong Museum Launches
The Strong museum is pleased to announce it has launched a program designed for homeschooled children and their adults. Homeschooled children will have the opportunity to experience the stimulating and hands-on environment of the museum during three special lessons and four Theme Days aligned with state and national academic standards:
Healthy Beginnings, November 20. Students use dramatic play, movement, and math skills to determine what foods keep people healthy and strong. Dressing in the colors of the symbols from the USDA’s “MyPlate” food and exercise guide, students discover what each symbol reveals about healthy eating. After shopping in Wegmans Super Kids Market, students learn how to create healthy and balanced snacks by playing an interactive food group game. Recommended for Kindergarten through grade 3.
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.
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.
Homeschooled students and their adults are also encouraged to register for museum Theme Days, which provide an opportunity to experience the museum in new ways:
ELA Skill Building Theme Days, February 10 & 11. 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.
Fairy-Tale Fantasy Theme Days, March 8, 9 & 10. 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.
Let's Move! Theme Days, May 10, 11, 12 & 13. 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.
Garden Science Theme Days, June 7, 8, 9 & 10. 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.
Registration information: The cost for a homeschooled student lesson is $10 and a Theme Day is $9 per child. One adult will be admitted free with each registered child. Additional children (ages 2 through 15) pay the student amount. If space allows, additional tickets for adults and children older than 15 can be purchased for $14 at the admissions desk the day of the event. Tickets must be purchased online by and are non-refundable. Space is limited so interested families are encouraged to register early at museumofplay.org/education/homeschool-students.