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Registration for the museum’s 2016–2017 Enhanced Learning Program for Homeschooled Students is now closed. Please check back for next year’s registration in the summer of 2017.

Onsite Homeschool Programs, described below, are still available.

The museum offers two types of education programs for homeschooled students. One is the free Onsite Homeschool Program, and is similar to the regular K-12 programs described in the Onsite Progams. These are by reservation, and a minimum number of 10 students is required. For those planning a reservation, please keep in mind that some people may drop out, so it is best to have more than 10 students in a group. The maximum number of students per exhibit is 30. Duration of each program is 45 minutes to one hour. Students should be K–12 in age. Email Leslie Chang Jantz or call 865-974-2144 for reservations.

Free parking is available on Circle Park Drive. Each vehicle should stop at the Visitor Information station and request a permit for two hours to park. Place the permit on the dashboard of the vehicle.

The other type of homeschool program is the Enhanced Learning Program, which is longer (approximately 90 minutes) and costs $5 per student. Reservations are required, payment must be made in advance, and the fee is nonrefundable. We will accept reservations and payment for the first half of the program now, and the second half beginning December 1. With the exception of the Human Origins program, students must be K–12 in age. Younger children in a family can attend, but the program will not be addressed to them. Parents can bring strollers, but depending upon the number of participants, they may have to leave the stroller outside the gallery.

2016–2017 Enhanced Learning Program for Homeschooled Students

Each lesson includes an activity. All materials are provided. Enrollment for 2016-17 is now closed, but similar programs will be offered next year.

  • September 19, 1–2:30 p.m.—Geology & Fossil History of Tennessee—introduction to types of rocks, stratigraphy and dating and plate tectonics; also processes of fossilization, adaptations, and environmental change over time. Students examine actual fossils.
  • October 3, 1–2:30 p.m.—Ancient Egypt—geography, environment and agriculture; writing; government; religion, including gods & goddesses, temples, tombs, mummification and the afterlife; daily life.
  • October 24, 1–2:30 p.m.—Human Origins: Searching for our Fossil Ancestorslimited to fifth grade and older who have basic science knowledge of heredity [DNA, mutations]; fossils of human ancestors and non/ancestors are examined, also early stone tools and art.
  • November 7, 1–2:30 p.m.—Ancient Rome and Ancient China—Life on the frontier of the Roman Empire; Chinese history through art and objects, including agriculture, the Silk Road, religions, inventions.
  • December 5, 1–2:30 p.m.—Knoxville Unearthedhow historical archaeology at important Knoxville sites has added to the documentary record of 18th- and 19th-century Knoxville.
  • January 9, 1–2:30 p.m.—Archaeology & Native Peoples of Tennessee—Life in Tennessee before and after the end of the Ice Age, including the beginning of agriculture, trade, art, Cherokee society, Sequoyah and the syllabary, and the Trail of Tears.
  • February 6, 1–2:30 p.m.—Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt—Sculptures, jewelry, and other art representing cats, lions, and a few dogs focus on ancient Egyptian art and the use of animals both practically and as religious symbols. Activity included.
  • March 6, 1–2:30 p.m.—Freshwater Mussels of TennesseeEcology, life cycle, classification, and human use of freshwater mussels, which are important ecological species, in Tennessee.
  • April 3, 1–2:30 p.m.—The Civil War in KnoxvilleWhat happened in Knoxville in 1863 and its importance in the Civil War. Includes guided visit to Fort Dickerson, weather permitting (students must have their own transportation to Fort Dickerson).

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