Homeschool Fridays in 2021
NEW! Homeschool program reservations are available on Fridays in 2021.
14: Cottage, Archeology, Textiles
21: School, Games, Walking Tour
28: Pioneer Trunk & Cemetery
Times: 9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Price: $7 per person ages 4+ (Free for children 3 and under)
Tour the historic home of the Thomas Jefferson Smith family, which is furnished to reflect their middle-class lifestyle in the 1860s. A few of the furnishings belonged to Jane Long, the “Mother of Texas.” Students are encouraged to participate in the discussion through the use of artifacts in the home.
Archeology is a physical search for things of the past— a study of people through the examination of the things they left behind. The program includes information about Native Americans, time periods and the proper procedure of archeology. Students view artifacts and experience archeology first-hand during a simulated dig.
Spinners guide students through the process of making cloth by demonstrating the spinning process with cotton and wool, weaving fabrics and making quilts. The program emphasizes changes in lifestyle and technology. Students practice ginning and carding cotton.
Sit up straight, get your slates and listen as a turn-of-the-century teacher begins class. Activities may include playing the state song on pipe chimes, writing on slates, using nib pens, math and/or a spelling bee.
Students will find out how children played and passed the time in the 1800s. Lots of physical exercise, cooperation and imagination took place. Students will get a chance to learn and practice the games of hoops and graces. They will also get to walk on stilts.
Morton Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Texas, and is the resting place for Mirabeau Lamar, Jane Long and other famous Texans. Students will learn how to discover interesting facts about the past and make a tombstone rubbing.