Jamestown, Yorktown to Offer Special Programs for Homeschool Families

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Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center are offering two weeks of special programming for homeschool families. (Courtesy Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)
Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center are offering two weeks of special programming for homeschool families. (Courtesy Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation)

Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center are offering a series of special history programs geared specifically toward homeschool families in the month of September.

For $12 per family member, guests can purchase a “homeschool ticket” that provides unlimited admission to both sites from Sept. 12 through 27.

Additionally, holders of the homeschool ticket can pre-register for a number of hands-on classroom programs and family-guided tours at no additional charge.

The programs and tours, all of which address Virginia and national standards for history and social studies education, cover a number of different topics and are appropriate for a variety of different age groups.

For little ones in pre-school or kindergarten, “Little Powhatans” at Jamestown Settlement offers a hands-on lesson in how Powhatan Indians used natural resources to meet their everyday needs.

First- and second-graders can participate in “Powhatan Indian World” at Jamestown, in which they will have an opportunity to handle tools, clothing and pottery of the Powhatan Indian tribe and visit the Indian village to learn about food preparation.

Late elementary and early middle schools students can take part in “Life at Jamestown,” in which they will take a more analytical approach to artifacts and documents that detail the struggles of daily life in the early days of the colony.

Students in grades 7 through 12 can sign up for “Voyage to Virginia,” in which they will learn about the 1607 voyage to the new world and explore period navigational tools, in addition to taking part in activities on a period boat.

Programs for the whole family at Jamestown include “People, Plants and Animals,” a hands-on tour of the gallery and village with an emphasis on native flora and fauna, and “Coats of Arms,” a guided tour of the gallery that explores themes of colonial status through observation of period art. The family programs both run 90 minutes and require an additional $5 fee.

Basic guided tours of both Jamestown and Yorktown are also available, with each one lasting two hours and including an exploration of the museums as well as living the history areas.

Registration for each classroom program is required three days in advance of the session you wish to attend. A complete schedule of program days and times can be found here. To register, contact Group Reservations at 757-253-4939.