Homeschool Programs

Mariposa Homeschool Spring Program Schedule


EXPLORER SERIES

Our popular Explorers! series will continue this fall on the third Tuesday of every month from April to June. Remember all of these programs are free with your Homeschool Family Membership ($125 for two or more children or $100 for one child or a single-parent family)! Non-members pay $6 per person including children three and over. Our next programs are Explore Bali! on April 18th at 10:00 and 1:00, Explore Guatemala! on May 16th at 10:00 and 1:00, and Explore Peru! on June 20th at 10:00 and 1:00. Please call or email to register in advance or to be placed on our mailing list!

April 18, 2017 at 10:00 and 1:00 — Explore Bali!

Bali is an island and a province of Indonesia which includes a few smaller islands, neighbors to Bali. The island is part of the Coral Triangle which is an area that contains the highest diversity of marine species. We will explore Bali through food, artifacts, storytelling, maps, and music as we make Jemput Jumput or Banana Fritters, a traditional Indonesian banana fritter recipe!

May 16, 2017 at 10:00 and 1:00 — Explore Guatemala!

The Mayans will be explored through artifacts, legends, maps, storytelling, and food. They are considered one of the most advanced cultures. Learn about their amazing culture through their traditions such as The Planting of the Maize and the use of chocolate in their cooking. They have been growing cacao trees for thousands of years! Make guacamole which is among the most popular foods in Guatemala as food and drink in this country is primarily influenced by Mayan and Spanish cultures.

June 20, 2017 at 10:00 and 1:00 — Explore Peru!

Explore Peru through storytelling, maps, artifacts, and food. Peruvian weaving is spectacular for the Peruvians are skilled weavers. Learn that Peru was once part of the Inca Empire and which traditions are most important to them such as the Day of the Dead when it is believed that the spirits of their dead ancestors come to visit them once a year at the end of October. Spanish and religious cultures provide a strong sense of identity for the Peruvians. Finally make your own Peruvian sandwich on large leaves of lettuce combining many stables of the Peruvian diet!

***NOTE ABOUT AGES: Our hope in holding two sessions is that most young children — pre-schoolers especially — will attend in the mornings, so that we can have more of a “big kid” vibe in the afternoons. This will not be a hard and fast rule, as many families have siblings that fall into both groups, and children vary greatly in their abilities and levels of concentration. We are simply trying to make our afternoon programs more appealing to older kids (perhaps ages 8 and up) and teens who don’t want to be around restless babies (although we love those babies!). Of course, you know your children best and should choose the time that works well for your families. Older kids are always welcome in the mornings, as are quiet babies in the afternoons! And if younger siblings get restless, there is the rest of the Museum to explore…


DISCOVER SERIES

Mariposa Homeschool Fall Programs for The Discover Series (Ages 11-17)

Our Discover Series is for students ages 11 to 17 who have a passion for different cultures and continents. We will discover numerous cultural traditions, histories, stories, myths, and legends through artifacts, books, music, food, maps, and crafts. All of these programs are free with a Homeschool Family Membership of $125 for two or more children or $100 for one child or a single-parent family! Non-members pay $6 per person including children three and over. Classes will meet every fourth Thursday of each school month at 10:00am and are an hour long. Please call or email to register in advance or to be placed on our mailing list!

April 27, 2017 at 10:00 — Discover Egypt!

Egypt is another country with a long history of ancient people. Located in north eastern Africa, Egypt exists due to the flooding of the Nile River which temporarily transferred the land nearest to the river into fertile soil as most of Egypt is desert. Egypt is also considered one of the world’s first nation states. Explore Egypt through artifacts, maps, storytelling, and food as we make ancient Egyptian “date candy.” This ancient recipe is from 1600 BC and was found on an ostracon. An ostracon is a piece of pottery that was broken off from a vase or other earthenware vessel and used to write on.

May 25, 2017 at 10:00 — Discover Bali!

Discover Bali through artifacts, storytelling, maps, and food as we look at the geography, climate, and economy of this island and province of Indonesia. Learn about temple ceremonies, volcanos, and the many artists including dancers, musicians, sculptures, painters, leather and metal workers. Bali is know for its highly developed arts! Some artists use their talents to make a living on this beautiful island. Finally, taste a bit of Bali by making Jemput Jumput or Banana Fritters, a traditional Indonesian banana fritter recipe!

June 29, 2017 at 10:00 — Discover Guatemala!

The Mayans are considered one of the most advanced cultures! Learn how they interacted with the Aztecs especially when it came to growing and acquiring precious cacao trees on which grow the seeds needed to make a chocolate drink. This special drink was only offered to the elite of Mayan and Aztec society. Learn how it eventually made it’s way to Europe and went from a drink to a chocolate bar! The geography, climate, and people of Guatemala will be studied through artifacts, maps, legends, and food as we make guacamole which is one of the staple foods of this region.


Please feel free to contact me at this email or at the Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center most weekdays at (924-4555) if you have any questions or would like to register for a program!

I am looking forward to an exciting spring!

Melissa Brooks