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The museum offers two types of education programs for homeschooled students:

Group Homeschool Programs at the Museum

One is the free Onsite Homeschool Program, and is similar to the regular K-12 programs described in the Onsite Progams. A minimum of 10 students is required for reservations.

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Enhanced Learning Program

The other type of homeschool program is the Enhanced Learning Program, which is longer (approximately 90 minutes) and costs $5 per student––see descriptions below. Reservations are required, payment must be made in advance, and the fee is nonrefundable. Programs are designed for K-12 students, except the “Bones and Fossils” session, for which students must have at least completed 4th grade.

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.

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2018–2019 Enhanced Learning Program for Homeschooled Students

Each lesson includes an activity. All materials are provided.

  • Monday, August 6, 2018, 10-11:30 a.m. – Ancient China and Ancient Rome – Chinese history through art and objects, including agriculture, the Silk Road, religions, inventions. Life on the frontier of the Roman Empire.
  • Monday, September 10, 2018, 10-11:30 a.m. – For All The World To See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights – limited to 4th grade and older, this program will explore the role visual imagery played in how Americans perceived race and the struggle for equality.
  • Monday, October 1, 2018, 10-11:30 a.m. – Geology & Fossil History of Tennessee (Part I: Rocks) – introduction to types of rocks, stratigraphy and dating, plate tectonics, and the different properties of rocks
  • Monday, November 5, 2018, 10-11:30 a.m. – Geology & Fossil History of Tennessee (Part II: Fossils) – processes of fossilization, adaptations, and environmental change over time. Students examine actual fossils and recreate environments based on the fossils they identify.
  • Monday, December 3, 2018, 10-11:30 a.m. – Ancient Egypt geography, environment and agriculture; writing; government; religion, including gods & goddesses, temples, tombs, mummification and the afterlife; daily life.
  • Monday, January 7, 2019, 10-11:30 a.m. – Archaeology & the Native Peoples of Tennessee (Part I) – Life in Tennessee from the Paleoindian through the Woodland time periods.
  • Monday, February 4, 2019, 10-11:30 a.m. – Archaeology & the Native Peoples of Tennessee (Part II) – Life in Tennessee from the Mississippian to the Historic period. Discussions will include trade, art, Cherokee society, Sequoyah and the syllabary, and the Trail of Tears.
  • Monday, March 4, 2019, 10-11:30 a.m. – Many Visions, Many Versions: Art from Indigenous Communities in India– learn about the diversity and richness of Indian culture through artworks from contemporary artists from four different indigenous art traditions in India.
  • Monday, April 1, 2019, 10-11:30 a.m. – Freshwater Mussels of Tennessee – Ecology, life cycle, classification, and human use of freshwater mussels, which are important ecological species in Tennessee.