We are a family that is homeschooling our kids. We are museum members and have attended the homeschool classes, as well as other programs and camps for years now. We also participated in classes at the libraries and nature centers. We had a community garden and meet-ups with friends. All of that was an important part of our homeschooling experience, and now none of that is happening. Most of the programs we relied on for input and interaction have not gone virtual.
My kids participated in the first virtual homeschool class you offered, and they loved it and needed it! It was a rare chance, in these times, for them to interact with teachers and students that they have known in person. I think it may be extra hard on homeschoolers right now because most of the interactive community programs our kids participated in have not gone virtual.
They need more of this. We’d sign up for weekly sessions, if you offered it…
We hope the museum can continue to play an important role in the education of our children. Thank you.
October 5: Mexican Folk Art: Alebrijes
Primary: Discover the story of how alebrijes came to be and make your own alebrije mask.
Secondary: Explore the history of alebrijes and learn how to make one with cartonería, or papier-mâché. Participants will begin work on a sculpture to finish at home.
Primary: Test out circuits and design a galaxy greeting card that lights up.
Secondary: Experiment with circuitry and conductivity and design a galaxy greeting card that lights up.
Registration opens soon.
January 6 – Science Experiments
Primary: Discover the scientific process, learn about lab safety, and conduct a mini experiment. This workshop will go over the upcoming Homeschool Science Fair.
Secondary: Discover what it takes to design a science experiment and conduct mini science experiments. This workshop will go over the upcoming Homeschool Science Fair.
Registration opens soon.
March 1 – Art History: Japanese Printmaking
Primary: Learn about the history of Japanese printmaking with a tour of the exhibit Floating Beauty: Women in the Art of Ukiyo-e. With imaginations ignited, participants will create their own prints in the scratch-printing technique.
Secondary: Learn about the history of Japanese printmaking with a tour of the exhibit Floating Beauty: Women in the Art of Ukiyo-e. With imaginations ignited, participants will create their own prints in the scratch-printing technique.
April 5 – Anatomy
Primary: Participants will make an anatomy apron as they explore body systems.
Secondary: How well do you know the body systems and bones? Take part in this trivia-style workshop and gummy bear dissection.
Special Homeschool Events
These events are designed for homeschool community and times vary.
November 9 – Teen Café: Democratic Voices 1:30-3:30 p.m. Included in cost of Admission Registration required. Opens October 1st.
This café session is an opportunity to gather and share informally on whose voices and stories are excluded from histories that influence democracy. Conservations will focus on Native and Indigenous U.S. history through a case study from the Smithsonian’s National Youth Summit Civic Education Series. Open to young teens ages 12-17.
May 5 – Homeschool Science Fair
RGV Homeschoolers from elementary to high school levels are invited to showcase their science skills at the 3rd annual IMAS Homeschool Science Fair on Friday, May 5, 2023. Homeschoolers will be judged based on creativity, use of scientific process, and verbal presentation during judging.
Entry opens in March. More information will be provided at the January workshop.
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