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Following the vision of our founder Pierre S. du Pont, Longwood Gardens has always placed a heavy emphasis on educating all types of students. Entering its third year, Longwood’s Home School Days provide an opportunity for home schooled children to experience hands-on learning outside of the home and in the Gardens.
Designed to meet National Education Standards for students grades K-8, Home School Days are typically offered four times per school year. Each program has a specific curriculum focus in arts and humanities, language arts, mathematics, science and technology, or social studies. Since Longwood launched the program three years ago, it has grown to attract about 100 students per program.
“It’s important to offer a program for home schooled children here at Longwood. It gives children an opportunity to meet other home schooled students in a safe environment. We provide an excellent educational program for a very affordable cost,” says Michelle Cugini, Curriculum Specialist at Longwood.
Unlike other home school programs, Longwood divides students into groups of 15 or less, and assigns one Longwood Educator to each group. Groups are divided by grade levels: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8.
“As a home school family with multiple children, it is sometimes difficult to attend a program where more than one child can participate. I like the fact that at Longwood I can take children of different grades and they are then divided into age-appropriate groups,” says Robin Waldschmidt, whose two sons have participated in Home School Days since the program first launched.
Longwood’s Home School Days provide something for parents and students alike. While their children are engaging in hands-on learning in the Gardens, parents are welcome to spend time exploring the Gardens themselves. At the end of the program, parents join their children and other home school families for lunch in the Terrace Tent.
“Students get hands-on activities in a beautiful setting. There is something here for the entire family, making it a perfect destination for students, younger siblings, and parents alike,” says Cugini.
Waldschmidt says her family often makes a day out of their trip to Longwood for Home School Days, since programs typically occur in the morning.
“Continuing to explore the Gardens and the exhibits after the formal program is one of the things my children look forward to. We always bring some art supplies with us and spend some time in the afternoon creating new pictures. Spending time at Longwood has helped my children learn about the difference that one person with a vision can have on their community,” says Waldschmidt.
For more information on Home School Days, visit http://longwoodgardens.org/HomeSchoolDays.html. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
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Enjoy family-fun activities, an outdoor concert, and behind-the-scenes experiences.
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Get ready for an evening of oohs and ahhs, as Longwood presents spectacular Fireworks & Fountains shows guaranteed to make your summer memorable.
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Registration is now open for our 2013 Continuing Education courses!
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