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June 20, 2013

Hands-on learning for homeschool students

The Farmers’ Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum have teamed up to offer a day of hands-on learning for homeschoolers and their families.

According to a media release, Cooperstown Homeschool Day, on June 26, is a great opportunity to participate in special programming, explore the museums, learn, laugh and meet other homeschoolers.

Families visiting The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum will have the opportunity to self-guide throughout the museums while participating in Museum Quest.

Museum Quest is a series of staffed drop-in learning stations at both museums designed to help students explore the collections through standards-based activities in math, science, social studies and language arts.

This interactive program is appropriate for students in grades K-12, according to the release.

Museum Quest features several new learning stations this year. The Lessons to Learn station in the historic schoolhouse will give students a taste of what it was like to go to school in the 1840s, complete with lessons in spelling and math.

The Grain to Table station will allow students to get up close with five types of grain and process corn or wheat using equipment in the Sweet Marble Barn.

Pre-registration is required by calling 547-1461 or by emailing

Admission for Homeschool Day at Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum is $6 per student.

One adult per family receives complimentary admission, and additional adults will be extended the discounted admission rate of $14.50 each. The museums are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Museum Quest stations open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will offer a day filled with a variety of educational experiences for all grade levels from elementary through high school.

Activities are set to begin at 9 a.m. and will continue until 3 p.m. Programs being offered include tours, hands-on-history presentations and other interactive lessons focused on math, science, social studies and the arts.

Advance registration is also required at the Hall of Fame. Contact the museum’s education staff at 547-0313 for more information or to register.

The cost is $6 for students; one adult per each family is admitted free. Additional adults will be $19.50. The museum opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m.

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