Home School Day at OSV is Friday, September 11th!

The health and safety of visitors is top priority at Old Strubridge Village, so Home School Day 2020 will look a little different from past Home School Days.

While we are not able to offer in-person workshops at this time, we encourage you to visit the Village and try out some fun, outdoor activities on your own.

For those who are unable to join us at the Village (or, if you want to get the best of both worlds), try out an interactive virtual workshop taught by the museum’s talented educators. In addition, we’ll have craft kits available for pre-purchase you can pick up during your visit so you can try out some of our favorite Village crafts at home. Live Virtual Workshops and Demos here.

Activities to do in the Village (included with Village admission or membership):

Try out a new, no-touch letterboxing adventure around the Village! Pick up a list of clues at the Visitors Center and put on your problem-solving cap. Intrepid puzzle solvers who either take a photo of each mystery spot or records the correct answers can win a prize!

Sketching in the Village
Pick up some sketch paper and a pencil at the Visitors’ Center and sketch one of the Village’s buildings. Share your sketches with us via social media using the hashtag #OldSturbridgeVillage.

Journaling and Storytelling Prompts
The Village is an inspirational place! We’ll have storytelling and journaling prompts available to help your creativity flow. Make sure to share your writings with us!

Pick up a journal, trinket box, or thaumotrope with a lesson plan that you can work on at home, free of charge. Other craft kits will be available for pre-purchase. See below for more information.

Craft Kits
If you would like to try one of our favorite crafts at home, purchase a craft kit to pick up while you visit on Home School Day! Each craft will include a comprehensive lesson plan and all the supplies you need to create a fun, handcrafted item. Please note: these kits must be pre-purchased prior to your visit. Supplies are limited. You can pick your kit up at the Visitor Center when you arrive on Home School Day.

  • Wooden Sailboat Kit | $8 | Purchase kit here.
    Kit contains: wooden boat pieces, dowel, tack, string, wood glue, and cardstock sail
  • Make your Own Marbles | $5 | Purchase kit here.
    Kit contains: large ball of air-dry clay, booklet of marble games, paper bag to decorate for marbles, glue stick
  • Cardboard Loom | $8 | Purchase kit here.
    Kit contains: cardboard loom with warp, small ball of yarn, shuttle
Live Virtual Workshops and Demonstrations

Things to know for virtual workshops:

  • During the week prior to Home School Day, participants will receive a Zoom invitation for their session.
  • For security reasons, only those who have registered will be able to enter the Zoom session.
  • All Zoom sessions are monitored by at least 2 OSV staff members.
  • Participants cannot enter the session before the host or remain in the session after the host.
  • Participants will remain muted during the Zoom session unless they are sharing or asking a question.
  • Participants will also receive a PDF lesson plan via email, along with links to pertinent online materials.
  • Participants can cook and craft along with us, or just watch!

Hearth Cooking: Making Albany Cakes
30 minutes (Free; Ages 6+)
Sign up for 10:30 am
Sign up for 11:30 am

Part demonstration, part cook along, and part “ask the expert,” join us for this live hearth cooking workshop! We’ll be making Albany cakes, a simple cookie made with ingredients you probably have at home. Watch or cook along with us while we make cookies, and then ask us any questions you have about cooking in the 1800s! This workshop also serves as a preview for our future Little Bites virtual workshops, coming soon for home schoolers!

Village Crafts to try at Home

While you can’t join us for workshops in person, we still have ways of teaching you some of our favorite historic crafts from the comfort of your own home. Using materials you have on hand, we’ll teach you a modern and easy spin on traditional 1830s crafts. Click the time slot to register. Space is limited.

Paper Marbling
Sign up for 9:00 am
We’ll talk a little about printing and marbling in the 1830s, then marble paper using a surprising ingredient: shaving cream!

Sign up for 10:00 am
Make your own salt dough and join us for a lesson in making simple, hand-built pottery pieces. Examine redware made at the Village before you start your own creations.

Nine Men’s Morris
Sign up for 11:00 am
This ancient strategy game is a popular one here at OSV. We’ll show you how to make this game at home and then walk you through how to play.

Curatorial Show and Tell: Looking at Toys
50 minutes (Free; Ages 6+)
Sign up for 1:00 pm
Store-bought or homemade, toys and games teach us a lot about children’s lives from the 19th century. Join curatorial staff member Rebecca Beall for a show-and-tell of toys from the museum’s collection.

Make your Own Stamp
50 minutes ($5 per child; Ages 6+)
Sign up for 12:00 pm
Participants in this workshop will check out woodcuts and stereotypes from the 1800s, then carve their own stamps from materials available at home! Use your unique stamp for cardmaking, letterboxing, and more.

Botanical Watercolors
Sign up for 2:00 pm
Join one of the Village’s talented artists for this lesson in watercolor painting techniques. Together, we will learn how to look closely at flowers and leaves, then create lovely, botanical images.

Things to Know for your In-Person Visit:
  • Cost is $10 per child 3 and over for full-day admission to Old Sturbridge Village. One adult per child is admitted at the rate of $15. Additional adults pay the full price rate. All guests are required to purchase/reserve tickets in accordance with Massachusetts Reopening Guidelines. Click your preferred time slot to reserve your tickets.
  • Read more about the Village’s COVID-19 ticketing policies and safety precautions here.
  • Visitors during the September 11 Home School Day will not be able to enter through the Museum Education entrance. Only the Visitors Center entrance and parking lot will be open at this time.
  • The Museum Education building will be closed to the public.

Home School Day at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Rd, Sturbridge, MA
Friday, September 11, 2020; 9:30am-4:00pm

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