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Homeschool Programs

Join us for FIRST FRIDAY homeschool programs at the Frazier History Museum!  Offered on the first Friday afternoon of each month (August through May), we’ve taken our educational programs and set aside special times for our homeschool families.

Times: Programs normally run from 2:00 – 4:30 / please arrive by 1:45

-check specific programs for exceptions

-  families have the option to arrive early to enjoy the museum at no additional cost

Cost: $7.00 per person for non-members / $6.00 per person for members (including adults and young siblings)

Reservations:  Advance payment and reservations are required for all FIRST FRIDAY programs. Call (502)753-5663 to make your reservation today!

**Parents enjoy our FIRST FRIDAY Homeschool programs along with their children**

 

Upcoming Programs:

2014-15 FIRST FRIDAY Homeschool Programs

Dates:

September 5, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:30 – The Days of Knights (K-5th grades)

October 3, 2014 from 2:00 to 4:30 – Kentucky Pioneers with optional morning at Blackacre (3rd – 8th grades)

November 7, 2014 from 1:00 to 5:00 – Diorama Day! with the Carnegie Center (K-8th grades)

December 5, 2014 from 1:00 to 4:00 – Holidays around the World (K – 8th grades)

Cost: $7.00 per person for non-members / $6.00 per person for members (including adults and young siblings)

Reservations:  Advance payment and reservations are required for all FIRST FRIDAY programs.
Call (502)753-5663 to make your reservation today!

**Parents enjoy our FIRST FRIDAY Homeschool programs along with their children**

 

Friday, September 5, 2014: The Days of Knights

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for K – 5th grades

Step back in time to the Middle Ages!  Through an integrated use of literacy, art and artifacts, students are transported back to the days of proud knights and noble ladies.  In the museum classroom, students handle reproduction armor, listen to an engaging story and use what they learn about symbols and heraldry to create their own shield.  Observation and team building skills are put to the test as students complete an investigation guide in our 3rd floor, Royal Armouries collection.  The program will conclude with a medieval-themed live performance.

 

Friday, October 3, 2014: Kentucky Pioneers and Tools of the Trade

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45) – optional morning activities at Blackacre listed below*

Recommended for 3rd – 8th grades

In this hands-on/minds-on program students explore the life and hardships of early Kentucky pioneers.  In the museum classroom, students handle reproduction tools from the past and make predictions about their uses.  Students will discover what the tools “tell us” about people living in frontier Kentucky and what they had to overcome. In the galleries, students investigate the history of Kentucky through careful observation of maps, images and primary source artifacts.  The program concludes with a live performance about life on the Kentucky frontier.  *Make a day of it and spend your morning (10:00-12:00) experiencing life in Kentucky in the

1800s at Blackacre State Nature Preserve & Historic Homestead!  Families have the option to add this self-guided experience for an additional $5.00 per person (Blackacre members) or $8.00 per person (non-members) and would meet at Blackacre, just 25 minutes from downtown Louisville. The historic homestead is located within a 300-acre state preserve. Feel free to roam the woods and fields of prairie grass and see structures and feel actual tools used by pioneers to build them in 1795 and 1844 before meeting at the Frazier Museum at 2:00.  Reservations and payment must be made separately at each location, call 266.9802 to add Blackacre to your day. 

Friday, November 7, 2014: Diorama Day!

1:00 – 5:00 (flexible arrival time / begin at either location)

Recommended for K – 8th grades

The Frazier Museum is thrilled to team up with the Carnegie Center for Art and History for the first ever Diorama Day!  Students of all ages are enthralled with dioramas of all sizes, from the tiniest wooden figure in the historic scenes at the Carnegie Center to the toy soldier displays and life-size historic tableaus at the Frazier Museum.  Enjoy them all in one day through this unique homeschool program that we hope will inspire your students to go home and create their own diorama related to their current unit of study.  Related activities will be available at each site and you may begin at either location.  The Carnegie Center is located in New Albany, Indiana – just a 15 minute drive from the Frazier Museum.  For more information please visit http://www.carnegiecenter.org/exhibit_grandpa.html

Homeschool Diorama Display: Interested families may sign up in advance to display student-created dioramas for public viewing on the afternoon of November 7th.  For guidelines and to check for available spaces please call Megan Schanie at (502) 753-1045.

  

Friday, December 5, 2014: Holidays Around the World

1:00 – 4:00 (on-going arrival time)

Recommended for K – 8th grades

 This winter the Frazier Museum will once again host “Holidays Around the World” – a visually-stunning, multi-cultural tree display that celebrates holiday traditions found throughout Louisville’s diverse communities.  Join us to experience this festive and educational exhibit while enjoying a holiday celebration with other homeschool families!  Activities will include a tree scavenger hunt, a selection of craft/activity tables and holiday music and performances at the First Floor Stage.  (For this program only, museum members and children 4 and under are FREE – pre-registration is required)

 

 

Past Programs:

Thursday, July 3, 2014: Long May She Wave – This year only!

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for 3rd – 8th grades

What better way to honor our country’s birthday than to study and celebrate the American flag! Come and celebrate Fourth of July with us by participating in a special Thursday edition of our FIRST FRIDAY Homeschool programming. This special program will be offered in conjunction with our Long May She Wave exhibit, a beautiful assemblage of flag-related objects from the personal collection of internationally celebrated designer, Kit Hinrichs. Students will enjoy an investigation of the exhibit, design and create their own artistic rendering of our original flag and view an engaging live performance – “American Glory”. For more information on the Long May She Wave exhibit click here: http://www.fraziermuseum.org/long-may-she-wave-2

Participants will also receive admission, before or after the program, to the Gridiron Glory: Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame exhibit. For more information click here: http://www.fraziermuseum.org/gridiron-glory/

 Friday, September 6, 2013: Mythic Creatures   SOLD OUT! (see add-on date below)

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for K-8th grades

Dragons, mermaids and unicorns – need we say more! These creatures have been celebrated in art, song and storytelling for thousands of years and you’ll have an amazing time exploring how their legends came to be in our temporary summer exhibit, “Mythic Creatures.”  Students will experience a hands-on adventure in the exhibit, design their own mythic creature in the museum classroom and enjoy a live performance of epic proportions!

 Tuesday, September 10, 2013: Mythic Creatures SOLD OUT! (*add-on date)

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for K-8th grades

Dragons, mermaids and unicorns – need we say more! These creatures have been celebrated in art, song and storytelling for thousands of years and you’ll have an amazing time exploring how their legends came to be in our temporary summer exhibit, “Mythic Creatures.”  Students will experience a hands-on adventure in the exhibit, design their own mythic creature in the museum classroom and enjoy a live performance of epic proportions! (*PLEASE NOTE: This special Tuesday edition of the “Mythic Creatures” program has been recently added in order to meet demand for this highly popular program.)

 Thursday, October 3, 2013:

Tales of Poe: The Works of Edgar Allan Poe Brought to Life (*special Thursday edition)

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for 6th – 12th grades

For more than a century, readers have been terrified, surprised, and delighted by one of America’s greatest storytellers, Edgar Allan Poe.  Whether about grisly murder or ethereal and untouchable love, Poe delivers his audience a new thrill with each tale.   To read the stories is one thing . . . to experience them performed live is entirely another!  Actors from the Frazier Museum Interpretation Department will bring several of Poe’s best known works to the live stage.   New this year – the program will include a self-guided “Haunted History Investigation” of the museum galleries. (*PLEASE NOTE: In order to include this special program in the homeschool rotation, we needed to move it to the first THURSDAY of the month)

 Friday, November 1, 2013: KY Pioneers and Tools of the Trade

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45) / note early arrival time below for families attending KentuckyShow!

Recommended for 3rd- 8th grades

In this hands-on/minds-on program students explore the life and hardships of early Kentucky pioneers.  In the museum classroom, students handle reproduction tools from the past and make predictions about their uses.  Students will discover what the tools “tell us” about people living in frontier Kentucky and what they had to overcome. In the galleries, students investigate the history of Kentucky through careful observation of maps, images and primary source artifacts.  The program concludes with a live performance about life on the Kentucky frontier.  (Families have the option to add a 1:00 viewing of the 30 minute multi-media presentation, KentuckyShow! at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.  The center is located three blocks from the Frazier Museum and participating families should arrive there by 12:45)

 Friday, December 20, 2013: Holidays Around the World

1:00 – 4:00 (on-going arrival time)

Recommended for K – 8th grades

 This winter the Frazier Museum will once again host “Holidays Around the World” – a visually-stunning, multi-cultural tree display that celebrates holiday traditions found throughout Louisville’s diverse communities.  Join us to experience this festive and educational exhibit while enjoying a holiday celebration with other homeschool families!  Activities will include a tree scavenger hunt, a selection of craft/activity tables and holiday music and performances at the First Floor Stage.  (For this program only, museum members and children 4 and under are FREE – pre-registration is required)

 Friday, January 3, 2014: Age of Revolutions (also offered on Feb.7, 2014)

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for 6th – 12th grades

Liberté, égalité, fraternité!   The French cry for “liberty, equality, brotherhood” echoed the spirit of the American Revolution and England’s Glorious Revolution, before it. Students will examine popular rebellion in three different countries, using the Frazier’s permanent galleries, as well as the world-class temporary exhibit, “The Eye of Napoleon”.  Topics covered will include: forms of government; transitions of power; impacts on culture and society; and important figures, events and documents related to the theme of revolution.

 Friday, February 7, 2014: Age of Revolutions (also offered on January 3, 2014)

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for 6th – 12th grades

Liberté, égalité, fraternité!   The French cry for “liberty, equality, brotherhood” echoed the spirit of the American Revolution and England’s Glorious Revolution, before it. Students will examine popular rebellion in three different countries, using the Frazier’s permanent galleries, as well as the world-class temporary exhibit, “The Eye of Napoleon”.  Topics covered will include: forms of government; transitions of power; impacts on culture and society; and important figures, events and documents related to the theme of revolution.

Friday, March 7, 2014: The Days of Knights

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for K-3rd grades

Step back in time to the Middle Ages!  Through an integrated use of literacy, art and artifacts, students are transported back to the days of proud knights and noble ladies.  In the museum classroom, students handle reproduction armor, listen to an engaging story and use what they learn about symbols and heraldry to create their own shield.  Observation and team building skills are put to the test as students complete an investigation guide in our 3rd floor, Royal Armouries collection.  The program will conclude with a medieval-themed live performance.

Friday, April 4, 2014: Behind the Scenes with the Historic Interpreters

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for 3rd – 12th grades

It’s often said that history “comes to life” at the Frazier Museum.  From sword demonstrations – to a KY frontiersman – to a female pirate . . . our talented staff of actor/historians (called Historic Interpreters) research, write and perform a rotation of over 100 live performances.  During this unique program, designed specifically for FIRST FRIDAY, students will go behind the scenes to discover all facets of this interesting profession.  Don’t miss this chance to learn about the process for developing a performance, visit the costume area and participate in a lesson on sword fighting techniques in the Frazier Tournament Ring!

Friday, May 2, 2014: Armor of Yesterday and Today

2:00 – 4:30 (arrive by 1:45)

Recommended for 4th – 12th

How have people protected themselves over the centuries?  In the museum classroom students use observational skills and historic inquiry as they investigate different types of armor and discover first-hand how armor and technology have changed over time.   In the 3rd floor Royal Armouries collection students have the opportunity to explore armor and weaponry of the Middle Ages, tournaments and heraldry.  The program concludes with a medieval-themed live performance.

 

 

 

21 Responses to “Homeschool Programs”

  1. Regena McConnell says:

    Hello,

    I’m interested in registering Liam for the Civil War hs day in December. Is there a way to do that online, or must I call?

    I’m sad that he seems to be aging out of most of your programming. I still wish your staff would develop programing related to the many other wars of the 19th century!

    Thanks,

    Regena

  2. admin says:

    Hi Regena! To register Liam for the Civil War homeschool program, please call (502) 753-5663 to make your reservation today. We’ll be sure to pass on feedback to our Education Department regarding the age requirements for the programs.

  3. Tammy says:

    Are small private school groups allowed to attend these programs?

  4. admin says:

    Hi Tammy,

    Someone from our Education Department will be in touch with you regarding your question!

  5. Scott Tracy says:

    We would like to come up from Lexington for the Homeschool programs and were wondering if there were any suggested reading materials or pre-work lessons we could do before coming to the museum to make the visit even more meaningful (i.e. sample lesson plans with a focus on collections within the museum that could help guide us while visiting, etc.)? We love that you have a program, regardless. Thanks.

  6. admin says:

    Great minds think alike! Our Education Department is in the midst of developing pre- and post-visit materials for all of our guided programs, however, these materials will not be through our internal review process – and ready for public use – before the end of summer. Until then, we would be happy to share gallery guides or other resources that might help enrich your visit; please just contact us at education@fraziermuseum.org and let us know the topic of your FIRST FRIDAY homeschool program. Thanks for your interest in our programming and we look forward to meeting your family!

  7. Melanie Banks says:

    are there any spots open for April 6 for the knights program for homeschool? We just got done studying knights and would love to bring our boys to this. Thanks for your help.

  8. admin says:

    Yes, there are some spots open for the FIRST FRIDAY program, “Days of Knights” on April 6th, and we’d love to have you join us! Reservations are required, and can be made over the phone by calling (502)753-5663.

  9. Karen says:

    Hi! Can we sign up for the First Friday Samurai yet, or is that going to happen a little later on in the year?

    Thanks!

  10. admin says:

    Hi there! You sure can! Call (502) 753-5663 to make your reservation any time.

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  12. Jennifer says:

    Where can I find the First Friday schedule for August 2012 on?

  13. admin says:

    Hi, we’re in the process of finalizing our Fall First Fridays schedule. At this point, we know the August program will be “Destination: Samurai” (recommended for k- 8th grades). Check back soon for more details!

  14. Ayrica says:

    Do you need to be a part of a home school group to attend the home school programming, or is it okay to attend as a private homeschooling family? We have not decided on a group at this time. Thank you.

  15. admin says:

    Yes! The FIRST FRIDAY homeschool programs are specifically designed so that individual homeschool families can sign up with as many or few spots as they need. You do not need to be a part of a homeschool group.

    Please keep in mind that pre-registration and payment are required and, due to space issues, we must charge every person that attends.

  16. Terra Santos says:

    Under pricing it adds $6 for younger siblings…. does this mean any aged child? In addition to our K and 4th grade students, we have a 3yr old, 1yr old and expecting again in December. Would even the youngests have a fee? Thanks! Groups sound exciting!

  17. admin says:

    Hi there. Yes, we do need to charge for all younger siblings (no matter the age) due to limited space in the Education classroom and other museum areas used for FIRST FRIDAY programming. If another adult attends, and pays regular admission, the children 4 and under would not be charged to visit the museum as a regular guest if they do not take part in the FIRST FRIDAY programming. Hope that helps, and hope to see you soon!

  18. courtney says:

    I love this program. I am a little confused as to why you only have one event for younger than 3rd grade . I have a first grade child who would love to do the other programs.

  19. Frazier Museum says:

    Hi Courtney. We’re glad to hear that you are enjoying our First Friday programs! We use First Fridays as a way to bring educational programming typically reserved for school groups to a non-traditional or home school audience. We have a limited number of programs suitable for younger children because our permanent galleries and upcoming temporary exhibitions are geared toward older children- primarily grades 4-12.

  20. Suzi Thomas says:

    When will you have a schedule for the Frazier First Fridays events for this fall? I am hoping the Mythic Creatures will be scheduled – it looks very interesting!
    Thank You,
    Suzi

  21. Frazier Museum says:

    We will have this information up shortly.

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