A Guide to the DMV’s Best Homeschooling Workshops & Classes

Homeschool classes are a great way to connect with other students and families. The DMV offers everything from schoolyear-round nature-based classes to an hour full of arts and crafts. So give your students the gift of a group learning experience, and give yourself a little time away to recharge. Keep reading to find out what spring classes are coming up.

Nature-based Learning

The Homeschool Naturalist Program not only offers a fully immersive outdoor educational experience; it provides an opportunity to connect with nature and learn about the essential elements of survival - shelter, water, fire and food. In addition, this program strives to create natural leaders through nature observation, awareness, and ancestral skills. Each activity included in this drop-off program is age-appropriate and 100% nature-based.  

Online: ancestralknowledge.org 

Social Justice Education

Prepare your children for a future of advocacy and alliance with the City Kids program. The focus on anti-racist, anti-bias, and social justice curriculum helps every child that attends feel good about themselves and those around them. In addition, the inclusive community welcomes families of all cultures, beliefs, traditions, sexual orientations, and gender identities. 

Online: citykidsscoop.com

Go Back in Time

Travel back in time on a Homeschool History Day at Dumbarton House. This spring, it's time for Bygone Games. Your students will scavenger hunt their way through the museum and learn about the lives of children in days gone by. They'll enjoy playing period games and have the opportunity to make and take home their own toy. 

Where: Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street NW
When: April 20, 2022
Cost: $7.00
Online: dubartonhouse.org

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Group Learning Experience

Partner with subject-matter experts who teach multiple levels of engaging, experiential classes in science, technology, math, English, foreign languages, history, art, acting, music, fitness, and more.  Give your kids the opportunity to experience group learning in a classroom setting filled with their homeschooled peers. All families are welcome to join this inclusive, secular program. 

Where: Compass Homeschool Classes, Van Buren Office Park, 520 Herndon Parkway, Herndon, VA
When: Classes are offered on a quarterly basis
Cost: $146-266/session
Online: compassclasses.com 

Try a Learning Pod

Learning pods popped up throughout the pandemic, and they're here to stay. Little Linguists Arts Academy offers pods and homeschool students classes, so you won't need to leave home to learn a foreign language, yoga, music, art or PE. Their teachers will even meet you outside. Chat with them about a custom curriculum perfect for your crew. 

Online: littlelinguistsarts.com

Celebrate Architecture Month

This spring, celebrate Architecture Month at Lee-Fendall House & Garden's Homeschool Day. Tours and activities will focus on eighteenth and nineteenth American architecture. Head outside to the backyard to play period games and get some fresh air.  

Insider tip: There is a small parking lot at the front of the house and free street parking on Oronoco Street.

Where: Lee-Fendall House & Garden, 614 Oronoco St., Alexandria, VA
When: April 8
Cost: $5/students, $3/adults Adults: $3; Students: $5
Online: leefendallhouse.org

First in Flight

Your student will love learning about the Golden Era of aviation, from thrilling air races to record-breaking flights. Through STEAM activities, crafts and experiments, your kids will travel back to the 1920s and 30s and feel the excitement of those first flights. 

Where: College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Dr., College Park, MD
When: April 19
Cost: $5/residents, $7/non-residents
Online: mncppc.org

Dig for Artifacts

If your kids don't mind a little weekend school fun, then the Young Archaeologist's Club is a perfect fit. ​Your children will love getting their hands dirty as they test out lots of archeological techniques with real archaeologists. In addition, they will learn how to dig for artifacts and fix ceramics.

Where: Creative Saints Loft, 4633 42nd Pl., Hyattsville, MD
When: Sundays April 24 - May 22, 2022
Cost: free
Online: archaeologyincommunity.com

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