Sunday, November 04, 2007

Frontier Culture Museum has First Mondays for Homeschoolers

The Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, VA, has "Home School Days" the first Monday of the month, from April through December each year. On those days, homeschoolers can get the discounted admission rate that school groups get, whether they go as one family or a group. Some of us from AlbemarleHomeschoolers are planning to go tomorrow.


While it says on the site that there are special programs for homeschoolers, as far as I know, from emailing the contact person, we're really just on our own to tour the farms. Each farm is a living museum and has costumed interpreters you can talk to. There are some activities the kids can do at each farm, also, like carding wool, helping plant seeds in the garden in the spring, and working with flax to make workable fibers for linen. The last trip we took there, we really enjoyed the blacksmith's workshop!

The museum website has some student worksheets you can print out to bring with you--some are along the lines of a treasure hunt, and there are maps and quizzes also. There are other resources for teachers as well.

The Frontier Culture Museum is open seven days a week Monday through Sunday. Regular Hours: Mid-March through December 1st 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Winter Hours: December 1st through Mid-March 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Directions: Located near I-64 and I-81 in Staunton, Virginia. I-81, Exit 222, Route 250 West, the museum is 1/2 mile on the left. Group rates are advertised as: Adults: $8.50; Child: $4.50; Seniors: $8.00, although when a group from the GreeneHomeInsteaders went in September, they got a slightly different rate.

If you're going to be in the area tomorrow and are looking for something to do, please come and join us!

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