S: THAILAND 2012
FC: THE NEXT FRONTIER – HOME SCHOOLERS Home School Discovery Day @ Tampa Bay History Center
1: You have adequately addressed your school tours, your preschool groups, your adult learners, the next conquest? Homeschoolers!
2: You can put extra museum classroom space to use – during the day. | WHY HOME SCHOOLERS?(1) Many good reasons! | 1.7 million home schoolers nationwide (National Center for Education Statistics) | They are self-motivated, disciplined, excited learners.
4: HOMESCHOOLERS’ MUSEUM HABITS | Homeschool educators (parents) utilize alternative learning strategies, and museums fit right in! One study found that 44% of secular homeschoolers visited museum 6-12 times a year, and 23% visited museums more than twice a month (2). That’s good news!
5: WHO ARE TAMPA’S HOMESCHOOLERS? | A child not enrolled in public or private school, but educated mainly by one or both parents2 They live in Tampa’s three-county area, and are reached through email newsletter, word of mouth and social media.
6: HOME SCHOOL DISCOVERY DAY @ TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER Program Goals 1. Hands-on learning opportunities designed specifically for multi-age groups. 2. Educational activities not available in home environment. 3. Personal attention from museum staff trained to work with homeschoolers 4. Pre and post-visit activities, available through the museum website. 5. Take-home activity for students. 6. Opportunity for socialization, especially for homeschool teens. 7. Affordable pricing.
7: Home School Discovery Days @ Tampa Bay History Center very successfully meets the needs of homeschoolers through well-designed program goals and execution.
9: HOME SCHOOL DISCOVERY DAY @ TAMPA BAY HISTORY CENTER | Half day program for multiple ages Affordably priced at $8/person Activities grouped by location for older students and younger students, but no set boundaries Hands-on activities to examine real artifacts, play authentic historic games, enjoy professional entertainment Offered 3 times each year, with rotating themes (Pioneer Life, Florida Indians, Tampa’s Beginnings) | TBHC HOMESCHOOL HISTORY DAY PROGRAM SPECIFICS
10: WHY TBHC HOMESCHOOL DISCOVERY DAYS ARE SUCCESSFUL | Fun mixture of activities for ages 4-18 12 self-paced activities spread throughout classrooms, galleries and activity rooms Professional entertainment, usually storyteller or reenactors Well-advertised through homeschool email network Post-visit survey evaluation of each participant
13: "I believe a leaf of grass is no less than the journey work of the stars." Walt Whitman | BEWARE....POTENTIAL HOMESCHOOL PROBLEMS(1) | Homeschoolers don’t always follow traditional classroom behavior. Can be tardy, noisy and seem unmanageable. Parents can be very demanding. Require variety | TBHC tackled these potential problems by training staff and volunteers and using an in-house homeschool consultant to help design and implement program.
14: REFERENCES: 1 Richter, Katrina, Homeschoolers are Always Late: What Every Museum Needs to Know About Alternative Learners, Museum News, March/April 2007. 2 Musco, Miriam. (2011). Powerpoint lecture on Homeschooling and Museums. Sciencenter. Ithica, NY. http://www.slideshare.net/mmusco/homeschooling-and-museums?from=share_email