Home School Education Programming

Waterloo Region Museums offer in-person onsite educational programs for homeschool groups, private school groups, and small classes. Cost is $5.50 per participant. We offer a variety of engaging, Ontario Curriculum based programs on the following topics:

  • Apples and Traditions
  • Bouncing Back: Building Personal Resiliency
  • Bread Science
  • Canadian Animals and Wildlife
  • Emigrant's "Kist"
  • Historical Woodworking
  • Murals and Illusions
  • Plants and the Environment
  • Traditions and Celebrations   

Please contact Katie Anderson, Education Coordinator, at KaAnderson@regionofwaterloo.ca or 519-575-4491 ext. 3247 for more information, to customize your visit, or to schedule your booking. Maximum group size at McDougall Cottage is 15 students / Schneider Haus is 20 students.

McDougall Cottage Historic Site
Home School Programs 

Please contact Katie Anderson, Education Coordinator, at KaAnderson@regionofwaterloo.ca or 519-575-4491 ext. 3247 for more information, to customize your visit, or to schedule your booking. Maximum group size is 15 students.

 Ages 5 and Up

Traditions and Celebrations 

Ages 5 and Up - Maximum Group Size 15

This program combines Social Studies, The Arts, and Mathematics as we explore our changing family and community traditions using the Scottish heritage of the former residents of McDougall Cottage as a focused exploration. Students will explore Scottish celebrations by looking at traditional music, foodways, dance, clothing, and conclude with an Art and Mathematics design challenge!

Heritage and Identity - Changing Family and Community Traditions; The Arts;  Mathematics - Algebra: Patterns and Relationships 

1 hour in-person on-site.

 

Emigrant’s ‘Kist’ 

Ages 5 and Up - Maximum Group Size 15

With only a small 'kist' to carry their most important practical and sentimental belongings to a new home in Upper Canada, how and why did an emigrant family select those precious items? In what ways might this have changed for families moving to a new country today? In this inquiry based program, students will unpack and explore artifacts essential to Scottish emigrants in the nineteenth century, drawing comparisons between their own lives and the communities that formed new beginnings in Waterloo Region between 1780 and 1850.

Heritage and Identity - Communities in Canada, 1780 - 1850

1 hour in-person on-site

 Ages 8 and Up

Murals and Illusions 

Ages 8 and Up - Maximum Group Size 15

We will take your class on an exploration of the recently uncovered 100 year old murals, friezes, and trompe l’oeil at McDougall Cottage. Students will compare and contrast historic mural art with modern examples of optical illusion mural, street, and body art, and then try their hand at creating their own ‘trick of the eye’ art piece.

The Arts

1 hour in-person on-site.

Bouncing Back!: Building Personal Resilience 

Ages 8 and Up - Maximum Group Size 15

This program is an extension of McDougall Cottage’s new temporary exhibit, Resiliency: Shared Stories of Strength and Survival. Students will see real life examples of resilience, both from the 165 year- old Cottage itself, as well as from those shared by members of our local community. This program introduces students to a few of the strategies and techniques (including mindfulness, breathing, movement and art exercises) that can help them to build and strengthen the trait of resilience in their own lives in order to be able to bounce back better from life’s challenges.  

Health and Physical Education - Social Emotional Learning Skills

1 hour in-person on-site.

 

Schneider Haus National Historic Site
Home School Programs

Please contact Katie Anderson, Education Coordinator, at KaAnderson@regionofwaterloo.ca or 519-575-4491 ext. 3247 for more information, to customize your visit, or to schedule your booking. Maximum group size is 20 students. 

Ages 5 and Up

Plants and the Environment

Ages 5 and Up - Maximum Group Size 20

Roll up your sleeves, it’s time to get to work outside as we dig into the natural world relationships that our planet relies on! Explore plant parts, pump water and work in the garden; make medicine from plants; use mini-microscopes to examine healthy soils; tend to the vermiculture box, and more!

Science and Technology: Understanding Life Systems, Understanding Matter and Energy, Understanding Earth and Space Systems

2 hours in-person on-site.

Offered in the spring and fall.

 

Canadian Animals and Wildlife

Ages 5 and Up - Maximum Group Size 20

This program introduces students to the wildlife and animals found in our backyard! With hands-on activities including an owl pellet dissection, students examine the differences between local mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, as well as the relationships between humans and animals in both past and present day contexts.

Science and Technology: Understanding Life Systems – Growth and Changes in Animals, Habitats and Communities

2 hours on-site in-person.

 

Apples and Traditions

Ages 5 and Up - Maximum Group Size 20

Students will explore the variety of traditions within their families and their local communities, participating in a traditional ‘working bee’ that is all about apples! Students will work together to make apple cider and dried apple pieces called schnitz,. Visit the historic house and conclude with a traditional game.

Social Studies: Heritage and Identity – Changing Family and Community Traditions

2 hours on-site in-person.

Offerred in the fall.

 Ages 7 and Up

Bread Science

Ages 7 and Up - Maximum Group Size 20

This program provides students with a hands-on opportunity to experience the science of bread making, an important activity for communities from all around the world, both historically and today. Physical and chemical changes, changes of state, and the effects of heat (fire) on matter are demonstrated as students produce a variety of breads for sampling, comparing historic and modern cooking technology.

Science & Technology: Understanding Matter and Energy – Properties and Changes in Matter

2 hours in-person on-site

 

Historic Woodworking

Ages 7 and Up - Maximum Group Size 20

This program allows students to try their hand at historic woodworking tools, learning the early construction techniques from the 1800s. Students will also try a building challenge as a team, and explore the historic house attic to see how Schneider Haus was constructed in 1816.

Heritage and Identity; Science and Technology

2 hours in-person on-site

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