Homeschool Days 2013-2014

October 18, 2013
9 a.m. - noon 

The Garden hosts an exciting day of tours

and activities exclusively for homeschool groups

and families. Supplement your life science,

botanical and environmental studies curriculum

by visiting a tropical rain forest, a desert house

and a native pitcher plant bog. Tip-toe through

the treetops on the Canopy Walk and observe

edible plants in the Edible Garden. The Garden

also has a 2-acre Children's Garden focusing on

the interactions between people, animals and plants. Garden Tours, Discovery Stations and Story times are included. 

$9 per student, $9 per chaperone (max 2 per student)

No registration required. Parking not included. No outside food or drink. 
The Atlanta History Center offers special monthly programs
for homeschool students and their families. Each month
explores a different subject through exhibition tours and
a variety of activities for kids from toddler to teen.
Admission to Homeschool Days is $8.50 for nonmembers; $6.50 for children of members; and free for adult members. Discounted rates are available for groups with 10 or more children. For information or to make group reservations, call 404.814.4018

Georgia Farm Life
Tuesday, September 3, 2013

1:00 - 4:00 PM
Become a Georgia Pioneer and enter into a real working farm to find out what it was like to live during the 1800s. Immerse yourself in a first-person experience as you meet people from the era and help with the chores needed to survive.

The New Deal
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
1:00 - 4:00 PM
This year marks the 80th anniversary of President Roosevelt’s New Deal. Explore the causes of the Great Depression, FDR’s presidency, and the many ways his “alphabet soup” of New Deal programs affected the country.

The Bill of Rights
Thursday, November 7, 2013
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Examine the ten amendments that define what it means to be an American. These constitutional building blocks paved the way for many other important amendments. Learn about the men who created the Bill of Rights, the process of amending the constitution, and some of the proposed amendments that didn’t make the cut. 

Holidays in History
Friday, December 6, 2013
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Enjoy our annual holiday program and experience how Christmas was celebrated in years past, from the 1860s Smith Family Farm, to the 1930s Swan House, and beyond.

The Cold War
Monday, January 6, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 PM
During the roughly fifty-year period of the Cold War era, Americans experienced unprecedented global tension and rising fears within our borders. Join us as we explore this tumultuous time marked by the McCarthy Trials, the Space Race, the rise and fall of the Berlin Wall, and of course, spies! 

Great American Presidents
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Discover the lives and legacies of some of our greatest Commanders in Chief. Who were these men and what makes them so great?

Inventions that Changed History
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 PM
Where would we be without electricity? What if the atom bomb had never been invented? Explore some of the great inventions, big and small, that changed history and shaped our modern world. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

1:00 - 4:00 PM
Set sail or hop a wagon with some of the world’s most influential explorers. Find out how their travels and discoveries (accidental or not) changed the course of human history.

The Battle of Atlanta
Friday, May 9, 2014
1:00 - 4:00 PM
The battle that was the beginning of the end of the Civil War began 150 years ago this summer. Learn why the battle of Atlanta was so pivotal, and how it affected the city and its citizens.

September 19 & 20, 2013
11th Annual Fall Homeschool Festival
Think Green - Sustainability at Biltmore
Activities and programs about Forestry,
Renewable Energy and Sustainability
Have fun with science, math, art & history! A ticket includes:
  • Self-guided visit to Biltmore House, Gardens and Conservatory
  • Lots of fun demonstrations and activities
  • Student workbooks emailed a week prior to the event

$22.00 per person (5 years old and up)
Twelve-Month Passholder adults are free with paid youth.

Contact Kathleen Bartlett at for more information

2013-2014 Homeschool Day information not yet available

Michael C. Carlos Museum 
September 13, 2013
12:00 – 3 pm (museum closes at 4:00)
Myths, Magic and Mummified Fish
Homeschool students and parents are invited to attend Myths, Magic, and Mummified Fish. Tour the Egyptian galleries with Museum docents, exploring mummies and coffins from several periods of Egyptian history, animal mummies, the tools and objects used in the mummification process, and images of the mummiform god of the Underworld, Osiris. View a video on the year-long process of conserving the Old Kingdom mummy, the oldest Egyptian mummy in North America, as well as Reading Rainbow’s Mummies Made in Egypt.  Students will watch a demonstration and take home instructions on how to mummify a fish, just as the Egyptians did!

Fee: $8 per person. Children under 5 are free.  Pre-registration is required by calling 404.727.2363.

Recommended Parking: Oxford Road Deck

Space is limited and registration is required by contacting Julie Green at 404.727.2363 or
2013-2014 Homeschool Day information not yet available
Georgia Aquarium offers educational programming to home school students through our instructor-led programs at 1:45 pm on select dates. These 45 minute Instructor-Led programs provide a focused learning opportunity where students can expand their understanding of aquatic ecosystems. All programs are aligned to the Georgia Performance Standards (GPS) and include a downloadable Teacher guide with pre and post activities. All Instructor-Led programs include admission to the Aquarium and Deepo 4D Show.
Monday, September 9, 2013
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Wednesday, November 6, 2013
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Monday, January 13, 2014
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Specific Need to Know Information for Home School Programming
Cost per student is $13 plus tax which includes admission to the Deepo’s 3D Wondershow movie.
To make a reservation call 404-581-4000
Space is limited, reservations must be made at least 2 weeks prior to the visit date.
Chaperone ratio for Home School is 1 adult for up to 2 children. Any additional guest (adult or child) not participating in the program must purchase a total ticket and will be permitted to join the group after the program.
No children 4 and under allowed on the program.
Home School participants may enter no earlier than 11:00 am the day of their program to tour the Aquarium.
Once tickets are reserved and paid for, Home School participants can pick up their tickets at the Will Call Window using their confirmation number.
All Home School participants need to check in at 1:30 pm with the Education Department for their Instructor Led program at the Recognition Rotunda on the 2nd floor of the Café.
A copy of your Home School Letter of Intent must be provided as proof of home schooling.
AT&T Dolphin Tales show - Add on $4 per person.

Program Schedules:
Monday and Wednesday Programs Offered

Grades Kindergarten-2nd

Sea Life Safari: Join us as we go on an Aquarium safari, in search of fish, sharks and whales. On their aquatic expedition, students will explore the basic needs of all animals and observe how these needs are met at the Aquarium.
Georgia Performance Standards addressed: SKCS1, SKCS2, SKCS5, SKL2, ELAKLSV1, S1CS1, S1CS2, S1CS5, S1L1, ELA1LSV1, M2M1, M2M3 Common Core Standards: KCC2, KCC4, KMD1, KMD2, 1MD2, 2 MD1, 2MD2, & 2MD3
(Teacher Guide)

Grades 3rd – 5th

Weird and Wild: Come along on a “weird & wild” adventure through the Georgia Aquarium! During this program students will explore the “weird & wild” characteristics of our unique animals.
Georgia Performance Standards addressed: S3CS4, S3L1, ELA3LSV1, S4CS4, S4L1, S4L2, ELA4LSV1, S5CS4, S5L1, ELA5LSV1
(Teacher Guide)

Grades 6th – 8th

Undersea Investigators: Have you ever asked yourself why animals behave the way they do? Through research, we can better understand our animals and those in nature. As Undersea Investigators, students will discover how research is conducted while gaining insights into the underwater world.
Georgia Performance Standards addressed: S6CS1, S6CS8, S6CS9, S6E3, ELA6LSV1, M6D1, S7CS1, S7CS5, S7CS8, S7CS9, ELA7LSV1, S7L4, M7D1, M8D4, ELA8LSV1 Common Core Standards: 6SP5 & 7SP2
(Teacher Guide)

Grades 9th – 12th

Aquarium 101: Through an exploration of the Aquarium’s exhibits and behind the scenes areas, students will be exposed to aquarium careers, research efforts, conservation programs and understand how the Aquarium meets the diverse needs of our animals.
Georgia Performance Standards addressed: SCSh1, SCSh6, SB4, SZ5, SEV5
(Teacher Guide)
Tuesday and Thursday Programs Offered

Grades K-2nd

Bite Size Basics: All animals have certain basic needs, including food. Come discover what some of our Aquarium residents eat, how they eat and how their food is prepared.
Georgia Performance Standards addressed: SKCS1, SKCS5, SKL1, SKL2, ELAKLSV1, S1CS1, S1CS5, S1L1, ELA1LSV1, MKM1, MKP4, M1M1, M1P4, M2M1, M2P4
(Teacher Guide)

Grades 3rd – 5th

Snack Attack: Come explore some of the predator-prey relationships found in aquatic ecosystems around the globe. Discover how some of our amazing animals catch their meals and how they keep from becoming prey themselves.
Georgia Performance Standards addressed: S3CS4, S3L1, S3L2, ELA3LSV1, S4CS4, S4L1, S4L2, ELA4LSV1, S5CS4, S5L1, ELA5LSV1
(Teacher Guide)

Grades 6th – 8th

Sharks In-Depth: Wow, look at all of those teeth covering the sharks’ entire body! There is much more to learn about sharks than what we see on the surface. During this program, students will examine how sharks impact their environment and how humans impact sharks.
Georgia Performance Standards addressed: S6CS8, S6E4, ELA6LSV1, S7CS5, S7CS8, S7L1, S7L4, ELA7LSV1, S8CS8, S8P3, ELA8SV1, S6CS5, S6CS6
(Teacher Guide)

Grades 9th – 12th

Animal Behavior: Before animals can live in an aquarium, biologists must understand what they need and how they behave. Students will discover how the Aquarium staff maintains the health of our animals as well as the training and enrichment techniques used in the process.
Georgia Performance Standards addressed: SCSh1, SCSh6, SZ4, SZ5
(Teacher Guide)

High Museum of Art

with drop-in workshops from 1:00-4:00
Upcoming Homeschool Days:
Friday, September 20, 2013 Girl with a Pearl Earring
Friday, October 18, 2013 Witness: The art of Jerry Pinkney
Friday, November 8, 2013 Go West! Art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West
Friday, January 10, 2014 The Art of the Louvre's Tuileries Garden
Friday, February 7, 2014 Celebrate Black History
Friday, March 14, 2014 Abelardo Morell: The Universe Next Door

The schedule for each day will be:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Go on a scavenger hunt of the featured exhibition or artist and visit the other special exhibitions, permanent collection, and Family Learning Gallery.

1 to 4 p.m. Create your own masterpiece inspired by the artist or exhibition of the day in the drop-in hands-on workshop and read children's books that connect to the topic of the day.

Historic Westville
September 6, 2013

Hands-on activities throughout the village let you try out life in the 19th century!

Southern Museum
September 16, 2012
Join us for a program designed especially for homeschool students and their families.  Explore exciting history topics through tours of the museum’s exhibits, interactive lessons, and diverse activities. 

Logistics: Moving the Military

Monday, September 16, 2013

Register by September 9, 2013

Ages: 5-12

In military campaigns, logistics – the movement of soldiers, equipment, and supplies – is central to victory.  Throughout history, armed forces have used various types of transportation to move troops and materiel to set the stage for battle.  Students will use science, math, and the museum exhibits to explore the critical role that transportation and technological progress have played during different conflicts from the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as looking ahead to the future.

Time: 10 am – 12:15 pm
Special admission rates: $5 per person.
Reservations are required.

For more information or to register, please contact the Education Department at 770-427-2117 ext. 3173 or 

Southeastern Railway Museum
September 26, 2013
Super Trains  
Homeschool Day Open House
Get on board with homeschooling at the Southeastern Railway Museum. The museum will be hosting an open house for homeschool families. Homeschool families will enjoy a special admission price of $5 per person and FREE TRAIN RIDES!

Trains that go 800 miles per hour, Trains under the Atlantic Ocean, Trains to space, Trains powered by the sun: Come learn about the future of train travel. Participants will become acquainted with, and discover the science behind, the future train concepts of the "Hyperloop," "Vactrain," "Startram," and "Interstate Traveler." This will be an exciting journey into future train technology.

Activities will include a scavenger hunt, hands-on science stations, craft, science lesson, mag-lev racing station, and other educational experiences.

 Home educators will receive take home packets for further learning.

Participants MUST pre-register by e-mailing or calling 770-495-0253 ext.2

Stone Mountain
Sept 27, 2013 

Explore, discover and learn at Stone Mountain Park’s Homeschool Day on September 27. Homeschool students will enjoy a day full of educational opportunities, adventure, and play.

Special Homeschool Day Adventure Pass

Includes access to Homeschool Day educational events, plus all-day access to Stone Mountain Park attractions and Pumpkin Festival activities.*

The ticket plaza opens at 9:30 a.m. so you may redeem your tickets in advance of the programming. The park opens at 10:30 a.m.

$17 (plus tax) per person

Special Home School Day Adventure Pass Rate of $17.00 (per person plus tax) Includes unlimited use of all open Stone Mountain Park attractions for the entire day (excluding Ride the Ducks).
Plantation & Farmyard – Stroll through 100 years of Georgia history with one of the largest collections of 18th & 19th Century buildings and artifacts, plus live interactive demonstrations performed from 11:00am to 1:00pm.
Train Talk Q & A- What weighs 350 tons and can move around the mountain at 15 mph? We'll bring you up to speed with cool facts about Stone Mountain Park's Scenic Railroad. (10:30am at Railroad Depot in Crossroads)
Learn about the Lasershow – What goes faster than 670 million miles per hour and is as big as a mountain? Find out the magic and science behind the worlds longest running Lasershow Spectacular. (12:30pm in the 4-D Theater)
15 miles of wooded nature trails
The Quarry – exhibits the process of granite quarrying at Stone Mountain and the changes in the technology over time.
Discovering Stone Mountain Museum – This museum features 12,000 years of Stone Mountain History with many artifacts and stories. The museum is also featuring a new Civil War exhibit commemorating the 150 year anniversary of the war.
9th Annual Pumpkin Festival – Sneak Peak of Pumpkin Festival shows and activities included in Adventure Pass.
Ride The Ducks – This lively amphibious tour culminates with a big splash into Stone Mountain Lake. It is not included in the Adventure Pass but can be added at a reduced rate.
Ride The Ducks Education Video – View our Ride the Ducks education video in the small theater of the Memorial Hall Museum and learn about Rosie the Riveter and how the DUKW’s operated. The video runs continuously throughout the day.

TN Aquarium
September 30, 2013

Homeschool Students
(on Home School Day only) pay:
$6.50 Aquarium
$5.00 IMAX
$10.25 Combination Aquarium and IMAX

Homeschool Parents (on Home School Day only) pay:
$22.50 Aquarium
$ 7.75 IMAX
$27.50 Combination Aquarium and IMAX

Home school students and parents will receive a 10% discount at the Aquarium Gift Shops. Members of the Aquarium who are home school students or parents can receive a 20% discount on this day only.

Tickets for a guided behind-the-scenes tour will be available for $5.00 on this special day and must be purchased at the ticket office when you purchase your tickets for the Aquarium or IMAX. (These discounts are only offered during our home school day.)

Walt Disney World
October 9, 2013
Disney Homeschool Days: On With The Show

Glamour! Excitement! Applause! It's all that and more when you're in the world of theatrical entertainment! Check out what it takes to be a part of a modern day production at Homeschool Days at Disney's Hollywood Studios! Participants in this program discover real-world application in the "ABC's" of an exhilarating production. The creative team and technical crew provide insights into the collaboration, communication, and creativity that it takes to bring the lights up and call for Showtime!

Participants will be able to:
Identify and articulate a variety of technical disciplines necessary for stage or show production.
Articulate the role of constructive criticism in performance arts and discuss application to everyday situations.
Identify and discuss fundamental responsibilities of creative and stage management teams.
Articulate the value of preparedness, presentation, and focus in performance arts and demonstrate these elements in everyday situations.
Define risk-taking and articulate the value of intelligent risk-taking.

Wild Adventures Theme Park
September 8, 2012

Learn about all of your favorite animals as you uncover hundreds of creatures from around the world as you wander through the park. Sit back and enjoy Do You Zoo?, an educational and entertaining animal game show. Then travel half-way around the world on our Safari Train ride - an adventure that brings you face to face with rare Indian rhinos, giraffes, elephants, zebras, wildebeests and more! The discoveries are endless at Wild Adventures.

Zoo Atlanta
September 11, 2013
October 9, 2013
November 13, 2013
December 11, 2013

K-12 Homeschool Academy

Members: $16 per student per class; Non-Members: $20 per student per class
Register for the entire semester and receive $10 off your total registration fee. Semesters run from January to May and September to December
Reservations and payment required in advance