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September 10, 2010

Home Educators Experience a Revolutionary Approach to History Education in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area and Art Museums

Home educators take a revolutionary approach to learning history during Colonial Williamsburg’s Homeschooler Experience on Sept. 11-26. To date, more than 2,700 homeschooler families from up and down the Eastern seaboard have registered to participate in this two-week session.

During these two weeks, homeschooler families witness world-changing events where they actually occurred. Revolutionary City: A Revolutionary Adventure illustrates how the residents of 18th-century Williamsburg and the colony of Virginia went from being subjects of King George III to citizens of the United States. During Public Audience with a Nation Builder, guests meet the founders of our nation and learn how they shaped their times and the American dream.

Other programs are tailored to homeschoolers in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area. When the Sun Goes Down explores the lives of African Americans in 18th-century Virginia after the day’s work was done. Swapping Tales helps home educators and their families find morals and values in stories from times past. Mother Goose Riddles and Rhymes Tours are designed for nonreading, pre-school and kindergarten-age children. It uses 18th-century nursery rhymes and involves exploration and discovery of artifacts and activities throughout the Historic Area and is recommended for children ages three to seven.

Families also can visit Colonial Williamsburg’s Great Hopes Plantation to learn about the lives and work of middling farmers, African Americans enslaved in rural areas and carpenters in 18th-century Virginia. Children can enjoy hands-on activities, including performing domestic chores, pulling water from a well to wash clothes, tending the garden and laying the floor in the cabin.

In the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, homeschooler families can tour the galleries. Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness explores the Declaration of Independence through objects on exhibit. During My Heart Holds True to the Red, White and Blue, families search for patriotic artwork, including flags, bald eagles and Lady Liberty. Toys! gives young guests the opportunity to create their own toy based on those seen in the exhibitions.

Upcoming homeschooler programs include Spring Homeschooler Experience, Feb. 26-March 5, and Fall Homeschooler Experience, Sept. 10-15, 2011.

For more information, please contact the School and Youth Group Sales office at 1-800-228-8878 or visit us on the web at http://history.org/History/teaching/groupTours/SchoolandYouth/homeschools.cfm.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at www.history.org.

Media Contact:
Penna Rogers
(757) 220-7121



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