Day of activities for homeschoolers at Calvert Marine Museum

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signal flagsCalling all homeschoolers. The Calvert Marine Museum is hosting a Homeschool Day on Wednesday, April 24 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

The theme of this spring’s day is Working on the Water. Homeschool participants are invited to explore a wide range of hands-on activities that focus on our maritime heritage. Fee is $4 per person for 5-years and up, including members.

Throughout the day on-going activities include building your own wooden toy boat using real tools; trying your hand at navigating a radio controlled model boat; learning how to use signal flags to send a message; using traditional block and tackle to demonstrate leverage; experimenting with prisms to discover how the lighthouse lens works; learning basic nautical knots.

The following 30-minute programs are repeated throughout the day to ensure everyone has an opportunity to try them all:

At 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. two programs will be offered: “Living in a Lighthouse” invites children to learn from a costumed interpreter what life was like for children who grew up in a lighthouse; “Workboats” helps children learn about how traditional workboats were made, what they were made of, why they were designed a certain way, and then to get on and explore one.

At 10:30, 11:30. and 1:30 there will be two programs: “All About Oysters” allowing children to explore the remarkable life cycle of the bivalve and how it has responded to the pressures of modern harvesting; and “Navigation and Maps” where children can learn how to read a navigational chart, and compare that to historic maps.

For details or reservatons call 410-326-2042 or visit the Calvert Marine Museum website.