For the upcoming New Market Homeschool Day at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, “there is something for everybody,” says Stacey Nadeau, supervisor of historical interpretation.
“We have programming specifically for preschoolers all the way to adults.” This year makes the sixth for the event, and each year, it evolves and integrates new elements.
The Virginia Museum of the Civil War and the Home Educators Association of Virginia are uniting to present this day of hands-on learning, complete with history, science, ecology and lunch, according to Nadeau.
During Homeschool Day 2013, the activities can be experienced at an individual’s own pace — similar to the individualized lessons to which homeschool students are accustomed.
Students can join the Confederate Army and learn to drill; try their hand at dancing the Virginia Reel or have fun with 19th century games and crafts; watch the Emmy-award winning film “Field of the Lost Shoes,” or take a guided tour through the battlefield.
There are also observational activities to visit such as displays on wildlife at the battlefield, where a bald eagle could be spotted along with deer and wild turkeys.
“The most memorable activity for my children … was the Confederate camp,” says Cindy Nichols, who, in previous years, has attended the event with her family.
“The kids were able to dress as soldiers, practice drills and image how life would have been as a Civil War soldier.” She agrees with Nadeau, saying: “this event has something for everyone in the family.”
“We want to get more of the community involved to know what’s going on in our back yard,” says Nadeau. Along with area residents, “we have families coming as from as far away as North Carolina and Pennsylvania,” says Nadeau.
“It’s a great chance to make new friends and get an idea of what’s out there.”
The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23 at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, 8895 George Collins Parkway, New Market. Registration opened on Jan. 14.
Limited space is available, so register early. A special event rate of $3 per person, ages 6 and older, is available by registering at vmi.edu/newmarket or by calling (866) 515-1864.
The event is sponsored by Chick-fil-A and Wendy’s.
Contact Aimee George at 574-6292 or firstname.lastname@example.org