Virtual History for Homeschoolers

***The virtual classes filled up really quickly this year. We have started a wait list for all of the Zoom sessions. Please email victoria.hughes@vermonthistory.org to be added to the wait list. We apologize for the limited capacity, but we are keeping the classes small to encourage student participation.

If you did not participate in the At-Home classes last year, these are still available as lesson plans and materials. See At-Home for more info.***

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be offering a special series of virtual History for Homeschoolers classes. This option will feature one introductory activity to do at home and one activity we do together during a Zoom session.

The Zoom sessions will be offered the second WEDNESDAY and the second THURSDAY of each month, September 2021 through May 2022, at 10:00-10:45 OR 11:00-11:45. Class materials will be shared the Monday prior to the Zoom class.

Cost is $6.00 per child per class. Families with three or more children participating in a class or for members of the Vermont Historical Society, cost is $5.00 per child per class. We are asking families to register each child to help keep the class size small and the opportunities for individual participation high.

Recommended for children ages 7 to 12. Some activities involve reading and writing. Pre-registration is REQUIRED; space is limited.

Link To Registration Form

Special considerations:

  • Class size will be limited to 12 students per session.
  • Students are encouraged to attend the Zoom class live and with camera on.
  • Classes will be recorded and made available only to registered participants.
  • Students are encouraged to do the introductory activity prior to the class. Materials will be shared the Monday before the class session.

We recognize that situations might change during the course of the year. You have the option to pay by month, by semester or for the whole year in advance.

Each session includes history-related activities that focus on the month's theme.

September - Change Over Time & Archaeology
Wednesday, September 8 OR Thursday, September 9

Use the skills and tools of archaeologists to understand how Vermont has changed over time.

October - Abenaki History & Oral History
Wednesday, October 13 OR Thursday, October 14

Learn about Abenaki history through stories which have been passed down through generations.

November - Revolutionary War & Historical Fiction
Wednesday, November 10 OR Thursday, November 18 (note classes are in different weeks because of Veterans Day)

Compare historical fiction to history to understand the impact of the Revolutionary War on Vermonters.

December - Mid-1800s & Art
Wednesday, December 8 OR Thursday, December 9

Examine paintings and works of art to learn about Vermont in the mid-1800s.

January - Civil War & Photography
Wednesday, January 12 OR Thursday, January 13

Look at photographs of Vermonters to learn about the lives of soldiers and their families during the war.

February - Vermont Industries & Letters and Diaries
Wednesday, February 9 OR Thursday, February 10

Study children's letters and diaries to compare the experience of young Vermonters in the past with your life today. 

March - Early 1900s & Audio and Video
Wednesday, March 9 OR Thursday, March 10

Listen and look to understand how radio and movies told Vermont stories in the twentieth century.

April - Mid-1900s & Newspapers and Magazines
Wednesday, April 13 OR Thursday, April 14

Use printed materials from the World War II era to learn about life on the Vermont home front.

May - Change Over Time & Maps
Wednesday, May 11 OR Thursday, May 12

Explore Vermont through a time line of maps and learn how highways shaped Vermont’s recent history.

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