Junior Elementary Homeschool Programs

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Our Junior Elementary Homeschool Program is a science and project-based education program designed for students grades 2 to 3 (aged 7 – 9 years). Each session combines indoor and outdoor activities with take-home learning extensions at the end of every session. Students are encouraged to interact with their instructors between sessions. At the beginning of every session students will have the opportunity to share their work with the group.

The sessions run every second Thursday of the month from 9:30am to 12:00pm.

Parents are welcome to accompany their child. Please be aware that any accompanying sibling not enrolled in the program may distract from the other students’ learning experience. Parents and siblings not enrolled are welcome to enjoy the building and grounds during the program.

See below for pricing and registration.

 

Junior Elementary Programs (Grades 2 – 3)

Fall

September 14, 2017
Ponding: The Big Picture
Students focus on larger animals easily found in our ponds and conduct animal surveys for reptiles, amphibians, mammals, and birds. Discover how energy moves up a pond’s food chain and the delicate vital balance. Students also get an up-close encounter with one of the Center’s education animals native to our ponds!

October 12, 2017
Lake Michigan Compared to Ponds
We start inside learning about how lakes and ponds are formed, and how our ponds are much different than our lake. After a stop by our three dimensional topographic map, students can climb our 60 foot tower to look out over Lake Michigan. We then travel to the lake on a trail created by a glacier, where children discover the “gifts of the glacier” (ravines, rock formations, et cetera)!

November 9, 2017
Seasonal Changes in Habitats: Fall
Leaves are turning colors, the temperature is dropping, and days are getting shorter! Join us in learning how plants and animals adapt to autumn in preparation for winter. We will visit a specific habitat (which we will also visit in winter and spring). Students make scientific observations and collect data to compare with the same habitat in the following seasons, including a picture of them in the habitat they are studying.

Winter

December 14, 2017
Hibernation and Migration: Groundhog Day Every Day
After viewing an indoor play, students participate in several activities to learn about dormancy, true hibernation, and migration. We will visit a bat house and dance to the beat of the “hibernation vs active animal’s heartbeat drum.” Students will also get to meet one of the Center’s education animals and discover how it survives in winter.

January 11, 2018
Activity Under the Snow
How do small mammals survive the cold temperatures in Wisconsin? Through experiments and observation, we discover how small mammals adapt to thrive during winter. Our main focus will be rodents (rats, mice, shrews, et cetera). We study the shelters they create, how they move, and what they eat.

February 8, 2018
Seasonal Changes in Habitats: Winter
Some of the larger mammals who share our property stay active all winter. We focus mainly on these animals. Student begin viewing a presentation on winter survival. Afterward we hike our on the property to search for tracks and traces. Naturalists will have artifacts (pelts, skulls, antlers) and active games to further sensory experience. We also visit our habitat from fall and compare our scientific collection results, and take a picture in the specific habitat we are studying (previous participation in fall is encouraged but not required; Naturalists and other student can help to fill in details.)

Spring

March 8, 2018
Maple Sugar Time
Students will participate in our popular Maple Sugar Time program. We discuss photosynthesis, how to identify a maple tree, and visit a sugar farmer at the evaporator. The program ends with a sweet treat: two silver dollar pancakes with real maple syrup!

April 12, 2018
Soaring the Migratory Flyway
This program is all about the birds! International Migratory Bird Day is in early May. In celebration we will conduct bird counts and learn about bird identification, behavior, and migration through activities and hands-on participation.

May 10, 2018
Seasonal Changes in Habitats: Spring
We wrap up the school year by visiting our habitat to take our final scientific collection results and take a picture. Students compare all of the data accumulated throughout the year and discuss seasonal changes. We close the year by talking about the importance of every habitat, and also begin to look for the smaller creatures, such as insects, while ponding.

 

Pricing

We offer a discounted rate for year-long participation. A family membership is included in the non-member year-long participation rate. Rates are as follows:

Fall (September – November)
Member: $45 | Non – Member: $65

Winter (December – February)
Member: $45 | Non – Member: $65

Spring (March – May)
Member: $45 | Non – Member: $65

Full Year (September – May)
Member: $120 | Non – Member: $180

 

Registration

Registration for the 2017/18 school year begins on Monday, July 17. New homeschool program participants must fill out the New Student Homeschool Registration Form before your child participates in Schlitz Audubon Nature Center’s homeschool program. Having your child’s emergency and medical information on-hand will ensure that we can provide them with the best possible experience while they are in our care! If your child is a returning participant in our program and their medical/emergency contact information has not changed, please fill in and submit the Returning Homeschool Student Registration Form *. Please mail (attn: Danielle), drop-off, or fax the form to 414-352-6091.

If your child has medical concerns that may require medication while participating in programming at Schlitz Audubon, please complete the following form and bring it, along with the unexpired medication complete with a prescription label to each session.

Medical Authorization Form

* On the first day of class, please be prepared to sign and date last year’s medical forms to confirm that everything is up to date.

If you have any questions or to register, please contact Danielle Fleischman, Registrar, at 414-352-2880 x224.