Homeschool Classes

 

The Museum of Life and Science offers a variety of classes for homeschooled elementary, middle and high school students. Each class meets once a week for two to three hours.

Through these classes, we foster curiosity in the world around us and the use of science as a tool for exploring that world. Our educators utilize the Museum’s 84-acres of indoor and outdoor learning environments as a platform for inquiry-based and project-oriented activities. They carefully promote an environment of discovery using first-hand experience as our primary teacher. Click here to read our Mission Statement.

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Helpful Tips to Get You Started

  • Classes for all  students start the week of September  10 and end the week of November 12, 2018.
  • Registration for Fall 2018 classes is open.
  • Questions? Visit our FAQ Page.

WONDERING WHICH CLASS TO CHOOSE?

Register for the class appropriate to the grade your student entered in Fall 2018. We recommend the following ages for each grade. Exceptions must be approved by the program director and the class teacher and can be requested by emailing homeschool@ncmls.org.

Grade Age on September 1, 2018
K-2nd 5-7
3rd-5th 8-10
6th-8th 11-13
9th-11th 14-16

 

Fall 2018 Classes

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Class Descriptions

Grades K-2

Our Amazing Human Bodies
Dates: Tuesdays, September 11 — November 13
Time: 9:45 — 11:45 am

Through fun, age-appropriate exploratory activities, games, and focused trips into the museum, students will learn about the human body and how it works. This course will focus on the Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Nervous (including the 5 senses), and Gastrointestinal systems. Over the 10-week course, students will also learn about simple things they can do to try to stay healthy and how to know if they are getting sick. This course it taught by Kate Gordon-Escobar, who is an educator and emergency physician assistant.


 

Nature Explorers
Dates: Wednesdays, September 12 — November 14
Time: 9:15am — 12:15pm | 12:45pm — 3:45pm

In this completely outdoor, inquiry directed adventure, students will deepen their understandings of the natural world while building their relationships with the land, the forest and each other. While exploring the natural environment adjoining the Museum of Life and Science, including Ellerbe Creek, we will build on those student discoveries that elicit curiosity and interest, and will pursue these areas with further observation, discussion, research and project work. These emergent topics of natural learning may include forest ecosystems, wildlife, botany, geology, mapping, and engineering, with themes such as cycles of life, adaptations, habitats, foraging, weather patterns and shelters.


 

Project: Imagine — Design in Motion
Dates: Thursdays, September 13 — November 15
Time: 9:15am — 11:15am

Do you have an elementary school maker at home? Does your child enjoy building and creating? If so, there’s a class for that! Project: Imagine is a project-based homeschool class for K-2nd grade students. Each 10-week session offers a new theme for learners to explore through hands-on activities. This session will focus on challenges surrounding motion.

Imagine-ers will practice problem solving (and finding!) skills as they tackle projects with the assistance of our educators. Learners will use their imagination to explore the science behind amusement parks! We’ll build and create while exploring the physics of everyday objects. Each session will be packed full of opportunities to explore science and spark their imaginations.


 

Lunch and Play Period
Dates: Thursdays, September 13 — November 15
Time: 11:15am — 12:00pm

Extend your day by adding lunch and play! Pack a lunch and spend some extra time with your classmates. This period is combined K-5th and takes place immediately after the K-2nd class and immediately before the 3rd-5th class. A Museum educator will supervise the lunch and play period and will walk students to and from class. Please note that children must bring a lunch from home, it is not provided. Lunch and play may be outdoors, weather permitting.

Grades 3-5

The Incredible Human Body
Dates: Tuesdays, September 11 — November 13
Time: 12:15pm — 2:15pm

Through fun exploratory activities, games, and focused trips into the museum, students will learn about Human Anatomy and how our bodies work with a focus on the Musculoskeletal, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Nervous (including the 5 senses), Gastrointestinal, and Integumentary (skin) systems. Over the 10-week course, students will also learn how medical professionals use their powers of observation to notice when our bodies are unhealthy, and how to help prevent illness and injury. This course it taught by Kate Gordon-Escobar, who is an educator and emergency physician assistant.


 

Nature Explorers
Dates: Wednesdays, September 12 — November 14
Time: 9:15am — 12:15pm | 12:45pm — 3:45pm

In this completely outdoor, inquiry directed adventure, students will deepen their understandings of the natural world while building their relationships with the land, the forest and each other. While exploring the natural environment adjoining the Museum of Life and Science, including Ellerbe Creek, we will build on those student discoveries that elicit curiosity and interest, and will pursue these areas with further observation, discussion, research and project work. These emergent topics of natural learning may include forest ecosystems, wildlife, botany, geology, mapping, and engineering, with themes such as cycles of life, adaptations, habitats, foraging, weather patterns and shelters.


 

Project: Invent — Forces and Motion
Dates: Thursdays, September 13 — November 15
Time: 12:00pm — 2:00pm

Do you have an elementary school maker at home? Does your child enjoy building and creating? If so, there’s a class for that! Project: Invent is a project-based homeschool class for 3rd-5th grade students taking place in Fall 2018. Each 10-week session offers a new theme for learners to explore through hands-on activities. This session will focus on challenges surrounding force and motion.

Inventors will utilize the engineering design process to develop problem solving (and finding!) skills as they tackle projects with the assistance of our educators. The science behind amusement parks lets inventors build and create while exploring the physics of everyday objects. Each session will be packed full of opportunities to explore science and spark their imaginations.


 

Lunch and Play Period
Dates: Thursdays, September 13 — November 15
Time: 11:15am — 12:00pm

Extend your day by adding lunch and play! Pack a lunch and spend some extra time with your classmates. This period is combined K-5th and takes place immediately after the K-2nd class and immediately before the 3rd-5th class. A Museum educator will supervise the lunch and play period and will walk students to and from class. Please note that children must bring a lunch from home, it is not provided. Lunch and play may be outdoors, weather permitting.

Grades 6-8

Weather and Climate Change
Dates: Tuesdays, September 11 — November 13
Time: 9:15am — 12:15pm

In this course we will investigate our ever-changing global climate and the forces driving it. Topics and labs covered will include but are not limited to, weather vs. climate, greenhouse gases, carbon cycle, sea level rise, ocean acidification, carbon footprint, green engineering, and environmental policy. Students will work in groups to complete a project on an environmental topic that interests them. We will even have a visit from a guest scientist who will share how global climate change is impacting their research.


 

Lunch Period
Dates: Tuesdays, September 11 — November 13
Time: 12:15pm — 12:45pm

Extend your day by adding lunch! Pack a lunch and spend some extra time with your classmates. This period takes place immediately after the morning class and immediately before the afternoon class. A Museum educator will supervise the lunch. Please note that children must bring a lunch from home, it is not provided. Lunch may be outdoors, weather permitting.


 

Project: Innovate — Engineering Design Studio
Dates: Tuesdays, September 11 — November 13
Time: 12:45pm — 3:15pm

Do you have a middle school maker at home? Does your child enjoy building and creating? If so, there’s a class for that! Project: Innovate is a project-based homeschool class for middle school students taking place in Fall 2018. Each 10-week session offers a new theme for learners to explore through hands-on activities. This session will focus on circuits while incorporating the interests and skill-levels of our participants for a truly unique experience. Participants in Spring 2018’s Project: TinkerTech class will be familiar with our skill development process while engaging in new content challenges!

Innovators will utilize the engineering design process to develop problem solving (and finding!) skills as they tackle projects with the assistance of our educators. This session will incorporate circuit building, prototyping, and the development of iterative design skills. No matter the project, each session will be packed full of opportunities to explore science and spark their imaginations.

Grades 9-11

High School Environmental Science — Semester I
Dates: Thursdays, September 13 — November 15
Time: 1:30pm — 4:30pm

In Part I of this environmental science course, students will apply ecology, geology, hydrology, and biology through field investigations at Ellerbee Creek and museum grounds, classroom labs, and hands-on activities. Students will examine nutrient cycling, sustainability, and human impacts on natural resources. This course will guide students through secondary research skills on a topic of their choosing. As a final project, students will develop their own displays for an environmental science gallery walk at the museum.

 

Prices and Booking

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required at the time of registration. Payment in-full is due six weeks prior to the first day of class.

Two Hour Class Prices - 10 Week Session
Members: $200 
Non-members: $220 

Three Hour Class Prices—Elementary and Middle School
Members: $300 per 10-week session
Non-members: $330 per 10-week session

Three Hour Class Prices—High School
Members: $350 per 10-week session
Non-members: $385 per 10-week session

Lunch Care Add-On
Elementary School: $40 per 10-week session, 45-minutes per week
Middle School: $25 per 10-week session, 30-minutes per week

Registration Dates
Registration for Fall 2018 classes is open.
Registration closes the weekend before classes begin
Questions should be directed to Bjorn Hennings, Homeschool Program Director by phone at 919.220.5429 x352, or by email at homeschool@lifeandscience.org

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Changes and Cancellations
The Museum can grant refunds and perform session changes only when received three weeks before the class begins. There is a $50 cancellation fee for each class and a $30 fee for session changes. 

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