Valley Forge Home School Day Draws Non-Traditional Students To Park

Hands-on learning is a highlight of this educational event.

Homeschooling has been legal in Pennsylvania since 1988 and, today, tens of thousands of children are being homeschooled in the state with the number rising.

On Thurs., May 13, about 250 of these students as well as their their families and students and teachers from traditional schools enjoyed a beautiful day as they participated in Valley Forge National Historical Park's Home School Day.

Park rangers and volunteers demonstrated the meaning of living history with a variety of hands-on activities. Students explored what it might have been like to be a Continental soldier or camp follower as they built defensive fortifications, fired muskets, practiced primitive medicine, cooked camp fare, played with 18th-century toys and games, and sewed and wove.

Valley Forge's Home School Day was established three years ago as a deliberate, organized way to better serve smaller groups, particularly families, that might not be able to take part in other education programs the park provides.

Valley Forge National Historical Park offers educational programs both on site and at local schools throughout the school year. For further information, visit the park's website or email VAFO_education@nps.gov.

Erin Marie May 22, 2011 at 08:45 PM
A big THANK YOU to all of the volunteers at Valley Forge National Historical Park who make this homeschool day happen! We homeschool and were there last week and also came to the one in the fall and both times my boys enjoyed their time immensely. They're very young so they mostly enjoyed the 18th century toys (shocker!) but as the years go on I know that they will learn more & more through this unique & special opportunity. THANK YOU!! :-)


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