WILLIAMSBURG, Va., July 18, 2013 – As the traditional school year gets under way, homeschool families can enjoy history lessons at Jamestown Settlement, a museum of 17th-century Virginia, and the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution, with hands-on programs and family tours available September 7-22. The two museums are administered by the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center homeschool programs coincide with Colonial Williamsburg’s “Homeschool Experience” September 7-22. New this year, 90-minute theme tours are available on September 11 and 18 for an additional fee with topics ranging from “People, Plants and Animals” and “Coats of Arms” at Jamestown Settlement to “Garden to Table” and “Uniforms, Art and War” at the Yorktown Victory Center.
The homeschool ticket – $11 per family member prior to August 23 and $12 starting August 23 – provides unlimited admission to both museums September 7-22 and the opportunity to pre-register at no additional cost for optional student hands-on classroom programs and family guided tours of the museums’ outdoor living-history areas – re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, replica 1607 ships, colonial fort and riverfront discovery area at Jamestown Settlement, and Continental Army encampment and Tidewater Virginia farm at the Yorktown Victory Center. Children age three and under receive complimentary admission. The ticket also allows homeschool families to take part in colonial games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, September 7, 14 and 21, at Jamestown Settlement and on Sundays, September 8, 15 and 22, at the Yorktown Victory Center.
Classroom programs last 90 minutes and address Virginia and standards of learning and national curriculum objectives for history and social studies. Based on space availability, students can enroll in one of four programs at each museum, according to grade level from preschool through twelfth grade:
Little Powhatans, Jamestown Settlement – Students take part in fun hands-on activities to learn how Powhatan Indians used natural resources for food, shelter and clothing, and then visit the re-created Powhatan Indian village to play period games. Dates/Times: September 9, 12, 16 and 19 (10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.)
Little Farmers, Yorktown Victory Center – Students learn about life as a child on an 18th-century farm following the Revolution, including clothing, cooking and chores, and then visit the re-created farm to play colonial games. Dates/Times: September 10, 13, 17 and 20 (10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.)
Powhatan Indian World, Jamestown Settlement – Students handle and analyze clothing, bone tools and pottery of the Powhatan Indian culture and visit the re-created Powhatan Indian village to learn about food preparation and preservation. Dates/Times: September 9, 12, 16 and 19 (9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m.)
Colonial Life, Yorktown Victory Center – Students explore daily chores, responsibilities and decisions on a small Tidewater Virginia farm and then visit the re-created farm to help prepare food the colonial way. Dates/Times: September 10, 13, 17 and 20 (9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m.)
Life at Jamestown, Jamestown Settlement – Students analyze artifacts and documents to learn about the daily life and struggles of the Jamestown colony and participate in a fort scavenger hunt to locate items that helped the colonists survive. Dates/Times: September 9, 12, 16 and 19 (9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m.)
Life of a Private, Yorktown Victory Center – Students examine reasons colonists joined the Patriot cause and the conditions experienced by soldiers during the war and then take part in military drills in the re-created Continental Army encampment. Dates/Times: September 10, 13, 17 and 20 (9:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:15 p.m.)
Voyage to Virginia, Jamestown Settlement – Students learn about the 1607 voyage to Virginia by exploring period navigational tools and dead-reckoning methods and taking part in lifting and lading cargo aboard a re-created ship. Dates/Times: September 9, 12, 16 and 19 (10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.)
Revolution and the New Nation, Yorktown Victory Center – Students examine the meaning and significance of America’s founding documents and participate in “The Price of Liberty” role-playing activity to determine if they would have joined the Continental Army. Dates/Times: September 10, 13, 17 and 20 (10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.)
Family Guided Tours of Outdoor Living-History Areas
Jamestown Settlement – A two-hour, hands-on history tour includes visits to outdoor re-creations of a Powhatan Indian village, three 1607 ships and colonial fort, and a riverfront discovery area. Dates/Times: September 9, 11, 12, 16, 18, and 19 (10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Yorktown Victory Center – A two-hour, hands-on history tour includes visits to outdoor re-creations of a Continental Army encampment and 1780s farm. Dates/Times: September 10, 11, 13, 17, 18 and 20 (10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.)
Additional Guided Theme Tours: September 11 and 18 (10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.)
Grades K-3: “People, Plants and Animals,” Jamestown Settlement – Use your senses while touring gallery exhibits and outdoor living-history areas and playing a habitat game to discover plants and animals that shared the environment with Powhatan, English and African inhabitants. Additional Fee: $5.
Grades K-3: “Garden to Table,” Yorktown Victory Center – Weed and water the re-created Tidewater Virginia farm kitchen garden while identifying common herbs and vegetables and make a print or collage of plants found in the garden. Additional Fee: $5.
Grades 4 and older: “Coats of Arms,” Jamestown Settlement – Discover clues of early colonists’ status and identity in portraits and artifacts in the museum galleries and make your own coat of arms. Additional Fee: $5.
Grades 4 and older: “Uniforms, Art and War,” Yorktown Victory Center – Examine portraits and artifacts in the museum galleries to learn about various Revolutionary War uniforms, drill and march in the re-created Continental Army camp and make your own framed military artwork. Additional Fee: $5.
The deadline to register for classroom programs and guided tours is 5 p.m. three business days prior to the program or tour. Homeschool programs are offered twice a year, and the next session will be held on March 8-16, 2014. For information or to register, contact Group Reservations at (757) 253-4939 or toll-free (888) 868-7593, or visit http://www.historyisfun.org/homeschool-program.htm.
Jamestown Settlement is located on Route 31 South, adjacent to Historic Jamestowne and just southwest of Williamsburg. The Yorktown Victory Center, located on Route 1020 in Yorktown near historic Yorktown and Yorktown Battlefield, is open daily during construction of the new American Revolution Museum at Yorktown.
To learn more about the museums, call (888) 593-4682 toll-free or (757) 253-4838, or visit www.historyisfun.org.