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Join us on the third Thursday of the month (September-April) for lessons designed specifically for students in home-based learning environments. Registration is restricted to individual homeschool families only. All programs are free for South Carolina homeschoolers unless otherwise noted.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

In order to be able to attend Homeschool Thursday, all homeschools must present one of the following along with a matching picture ID:

  • An official and current homeschool association registration card or acceptance letter
  • An official and current District registration card or approval letter
  • An official and current SC Association of Independent Homeschools registration card or acceptance letter

Reminder, SC homeschoolers will NOT be able to participate in Homeschool Thursday classes without presenting both a picture ID and confirmation of homeschool registration.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellations must be made two weeks in advance. Please note: due to high demand, limited space, and our desire to offer free programming to as many families as possible, homeschool families will only be permitted one “no-show” day or late cancellation (cancelling within 2 weeks) per semester.


SCHEDULE OF PROGRAMS

Please note: this page is updated periodically. Class availability will be confirmed by museum staff when you finalize your registration.

Thurs., Sept. 15

Registration for this Homeschool Thursday date closes Mon., Sept. 12 at 4 p.m.

1:00 p.m.

Find your Visual Voice with Pam Borawski, Part I (Grade 3 and above)

Duration: 60 minutes
Additional Cost: None
Recommended for Grades: 3rd grade and above
Maximum Capacity: 20 participants
Focus: Science, Technology, Math, Visual and Cultural History
In this two part class, students will learn ten basic photography composition tips that can be used with any camera they choose to use, including phone cameras, from professional photographer Pam Borawski. Students are asked to bring their own camera (cell phone cameras are acceptable).

Living Soil (Grade 6 and above)

Duration: 45 minutes
Additional Cost: None
Recommended for Grades: 6th grade and above
Maximum Capacity: 25 students
Focus: Science
Time to get down and dirty as students dig into ground beneath their feet. Students will explore soil profiles and examine the complex ecosystem of soil as they conduct pH tests. They will also analyze soil particles and the organisms that live in it. The lesson will cover how bacteria are not only very helpful, but a necessary part of our soil ecosystem. Students will also get the chance to view tiny organisms using microscopes.

Balloon Cars (Grade 1 and above)

Duration: 45 minutes
Additional Cost: None
Recommended for Grades: Grade 1 and above
Maximum Capacity: 20 participants
Focus: Science and Engineering
There are a lot of driving forces in the world, join us as we explore how the power of wind can power a car. Your student will be able to build their own balloon car from scratch then put them to the test in a mini balloon car show-off!

South Carolina and the Great War with Curator of History JoAnn Zeise (Grade 6 and above)

Duration: 30-45 minutes
Additional Cost: None
Recommended for Grades: Grade 6 and above with family
Maximum Capacity: 20 participants
Focus: History and Technology
Explore the South Carolina and the Great War exhibit with Curator of History JoAnn Zeise as she explains the impact of the First World War on South Carolina. The exhibit investigates how SC responded to the war, how the war affected South Carolinians, and how SC changed because of the war.

Carved from a rolling Countryside with dreams of a bustling Capitol City: It’s Columbia! (Grade 3 and above)

Duration: 60 minutes
Additional Cost: None
Recommended for Grades: Grade 3 and above with family
Maximum Capacity: 15 participants
Focus: History
Have you ever looked at a map of Columbia and noticed the grid pattern? Students will learn the stories behind the building of Columbia through a new docent-led lesson featuring the “Columbia: A Planned City” exhibit on the 4th floor of the State Museum and then get a bird’s eye view of the city of Columbia today from the observation deck.

4D THEATER - Great Escapes: A 4D Experience (all ages)

Duration: 15 minutes
Additional Cost: $3 per person
Recommended for Grades: all ages
Maximum Capacity: 100 participants
In this brand-new 4-D experience, Great Escapes: Life in 4-D takes a never-before-seen look at the ingenious tactics animals have developed to survive and thrive in a danger-filled world. From the award-winning makers of Planet Earth, Great Escapes: Life in 4-D captures unprecedented, jaw-dropping sequences in digital 3D with added special effects that brings you right into the middle of the action. Run along with the Sengi, free fall with a Pebble toad and outrun African wild dogs.

2:30 p.m.

Find your Visual Voice with Pam Borawski, Part II (Grade 3 and above)

Duration: 60 minutes
Additional Cost: None
Recommended for Grades: 3rd grade and above
Maximum Capacity: 20 participants
Focus: Science, Technology, Math, Visual and Cultural History
This is the second of a two part class where students will employ the ten basic photography composition tips they learned in part I and put them to use in a field practice. Students are required to attend Find your Visual Voice Part I for this class.

Thoroughly Thoreau (Grade 3 and above)

Duration: 45-60 minutes
Additional Cost: None
Recommended for Grades: 3rd grade and above
Maximum Capacity: 20 participants
Focus: Science and Social Studies
In this class, students will explore the life and ideas of Henry David Thoreau. Examine the lessons learned at Walden Pond with class discussion and a hands-on activity.

When It’s Good, It’s Very Very Good, but When It’s Bad, It’s Horrid! (Grade 9 and above)

Duration: 30 minutes
Additional Cost: None
Recommended for Grades: 9th grade and above
Maximum Capacity: 40 participants
Focus: Science
Recycling properly creates huge environmental and economic benefits for South Carolina. But failing to follow recycling rules results in big problems for machines, commodities, and workers. Investigate the ten top reasons to recycle and the twelve worst items to put in your recycling cart.

Metropolis, Bedrock, South Park, Whoville, and now You-ville (Grade 1 and above)

Duration: 60 minutes
Additional Cost: None
Recommended for Grades: 1st grade and above
Maximum Capacity: 20 participants
Focus: Art
Creating fictitious cities is part of the imaginative work of writers and artists. In this hour, students will flex their drawing skills and their imaginations to visualize and illustrate their own city of the future. Will there be stores, parks, roads, or neighborhoods? How and where will families live 50 years from now?

PLANETARIUM - Eclipses (Grade 3 and above)

Duration: 45 minutes
Additional Cost: $3 per person
Recommended for Grades: Grade 3 and above
Maximum Capacity: 145 participants
Focus: Science and Technology
On August 21, 2017, there will be a total solar eclipse visible from right here in Columbia! In this live program we’ll use the planetarium’s digital system to show how both solar and lunar eclipses work and why there are different types: total, partial, and annular. Learn why they can only be seen from certain places at certain times and why you don’t see them very often. We’ll also discuss viewing safety and share tips on how to best prepare for what’s being called the Great American Eclipse of 2017.

Schedules for Oct, Nov. and Dec. Homeschool Thursdays will be up soon!


REGISTRATION

Please follow the link below to register for Homeschool Thursday. Questions? Please call 803.898.4999 or email homeschools@scmuseum.org

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