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Nov 29

JCPRD offers three different homeschool programs starting in January, and one more in March

Posted on November 29, 2018 at 1:03 PM by Becky Burnside

Art, history, and theater are the subjects of separate homeschool programs for youth being offered by JCPRD during January.

Programs with January start dates include Homeschool History Adventures being presented at and by the Johnson County Museum, and Homeschool Art and Homeschool Theater Troupe being presented by JCPRD’s Fine & Performing Arts Department. A new Yoga Homeschool Nature Fitness program is being offered beginning in March at the Ernie Miller Nature Center.

Homeschool Art is for ages five to 15. Participants will have collaborative experiences meant to encourage them to explore art through consideration, conversation, and creation. This class has the theme “Art Adventures,” and is designed to supplement homeschool curriculums. 

Two different sessions of the Art Adventures program are offered beginning in early January for two different age groups. Art Adventures for ages five to ten include one class that meets on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 9, and another that meets on Thursdays beginning Jan. 10. Both classes meet at 10 a.m. and take place at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center (JCAHC). Advanced Art Adventures for ages 11 to 15 are also offered and include a class that meets on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 9, and another that meets on Thursdays beginning Jan. 10. Both of these classes meet at 1 p.m. at JCAHC. For either age group, the cost for 11 two-hour sessions is $95 per person for Johnson County resident or $99 for nonresidents. Additional Homeschool Art classes with the theme “Clay Creations,” are offered beginning April 4 at JCAHC for ages five to ten and 11 to 15.

Homeschool History is for ages seven to 13, and will let participants examine artifacts from the museum’s collection, explore the museum’s main exhibit called “Becoming Johnson County,” and put their brains and hands to work with interactive projects, games, and activities. These monthly sessions serve as an engaging supplement to homeschool curriculums, and give students an opportunity to build both new friendships and a new appreciation for what came before us. The first program in the series is called “The Mystery of Museums,” and will show students what it’s like to work in a museum. Participants will put on white gloves and discover what goes on behind the scenes. This program will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 11. Other upcoming Homeschool History Adventures programs this season will include: “Made in JoCo” on Feb. 8, “Homeschool Day at Lanesfield School” on March 8 at the Lanesfield Historic Site, and “Playing in the Past” on April 12. The cost for each two-hour program is $6 per person, and museum members receive a 20 percent discount but must register by telephone to receive their discount. Registration includes admission to the Johnson County Museum and KidScape. 

In Homeschool Theater Troupe, students ages nine to 12 will explore various aspects of theater throughout a 12-week course. Participants will get to operate as their own theater troupe culminating in a performance. One offering of this class will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Mill Creek Activity Center beginning Jan. 15, while another will meet at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at JCAHC beginning Jan. 16. The cost for 12 two-hour sessions is $240 per person for Johnson County residents or $275 for nonresidents.

Yoga Homeschool Nature Fitness is for ages six and older at the Ernie Miller Center. This series of six single-session programs led by a certified youth yoga instructor has the goal of getting participants moving and letting them combine the positive effects of being outdoors as they explore, hike, and try yoga along the trails. A short animal presentation after every session is also part of the program. All children must be accompanied by paying adult. In case of inclement weather activities will be indoors. All Yoga Homeschool Nature Fitness programs begin at 10 a.m. on a Thursday, and are set for: March 21, March 28, April 4, April 11, April 18, and April 25. Advance registrations are required for this program.

The Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, which includes the Johnson County Museum, is located at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. Lanesfield Historic Site is located at 18745 S. Dillie Road, Edgerton. Mill Creek Activity Center is located at 6518 Vista Dr., Shawnee. Ernie Miller Park is located at 909 North Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe.