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909 South Schumaker Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804

Museum Hours

Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.
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Homeschool Programs at The Ward Museum

Are you a homeschool parent seeking out exciting opportunities for your child?  Especially those hands-on, experimental, science-focused lessons you know your kid needs?  The Ward Museum has a NEW homeschool program providing just that.
Each month, we will be providing a new lesson.  The lessons are interconnected and progressive, but are self-contained enough to provide easy access to new students.  We are basing our lessons on the STREAM acronym: Science, Technology, Reading, Environment (normally Engineering), Art, and Math.  The lessons are designed to be interdisciplinary, covering multiple subject areas.  Each lesson will consist of four main components: (1) an introduction to the day’s activity and a review of the previous months, (2) a hands-on experience/activity, which could be indoors, outdoors, or both, (3) a debrief in which we will share results and review, and (4) a take-home activity that reinforces what we discussed in the session.
The 1st Thursday of every month will be a lesson for children 5-11, meeting at the Ward Museum.  The 2nd Thursday will be dedicated to children 12 and up. The time on Thursday will be the same for both ages: 2 pm for 2 hours.  The cost for the program is $12 per lesson for each student.  Registration is NOT REQUIRED – just show up and pay when you arrive.  (And for those of you with children outside or across this age divide, don’t fret!  We will host the learning session in one area of the museum while the parent/guardian can entertain the other child in another area for no fee.)

The first lessons will be as follows:
• June: A spring-themed nature walk with nature journaling.  The lesson will introduce students to the concept of nature journaling and will place an emphases on how to observe nature, especially all the easily-overlooked small details.
• July: An exploration of animal adaptations.  We will analyze a number of ways flying animals have adapted to their environments, from a wide array of beaks to the physics of flight itself.  Students will conclude by creating their own unique bird.
• August: A study of insects.  Covering everything from pollination to species identification, we will explore a number of species, from monarch butterflies to all the macroinvertebrates living down in the aquatic world of Schumaker Pond.
The above lessons offer general synopses.  Each lesson will be differentiated for the two age groups in order to assure everyone has the chance to learn at their level.
All information provided is subject to change as the program further establishes itself.

last changed 6/5/2017