Homeschool

Heard Homeschool Natural Science Programs

Introduce Your Homeschool Student To the Natural Sciences

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary in McKinney, Texas offers Natural Science Programs for children ages 3-13. Below, you will be able to find class offerings for three different age groups. Please use your child’s age as of September 1 of the beginning of the academic year for both academic semesters. Click the links below to access more detailed information about each program and registration. Pre-registration is required.

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Weekly Homeschool Classes

Ages 5 - 11

Now is the time to encourage your child’s love of nature! In our natural science programs, kids will have the opportunity explore all that the Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary has to offer. Students will experience learning through classroom activities, outdoor field investigations on our 289-acre wildlife sanctuary, laboratory science, small group activities and take-home study packets. Each course curriculum is developed by the Heard Museum’s education staff who strive to recognize and meet the needs of homeschool families. Spots are limited and pre-registration is required.

Topics

5 year olds

  • Fall 2021: Which ‘Ology is Which?
    “Ology” refers to the study of a topic, and in this class young scientists are introduced to the study of a variety of scientific fields. Ornithology (birds), herpetology (reptiles & amphibians), entomology (insects), and mammology (mammals) are just a few of the “ologies” that are explored in class.
  • Spring 2022: Which ‘Ology is Which? Earth & Planetary Science
    Young scientists will explore some of the “ologies” that deal with earth and space including geology, climatology, vulcanology, and planetology. The hands-on activities, games, and experiments will involve your child directly in the learning process.

 

6-7 year olds

  • Fall 2021: Discover Your World: Animals 
    Animals come in a vast array of shapes and sizes. Students will explore animal diversity through their classification, habitats, survival requirements, and interrelationships.
  • Spring 2022: Discover Your World: Habitats of Texas 
    From the desert to the ocean, ponds to wetlands, and mountains to prairies, this semester we will study the many different environments in Texas and the plants and animals that make their homes here.

 

8-9 year olds

  • Fall 2021: Explorers: Forest Ecology
    Students will study forests around the world, the relationship between trees and plants and the animals that depend on them, as well as explore the importance of forests to us and the global environment. This class utilizes the different woodland habitats found on the sanctuary.
  • Spring 2022: Explorers: Wildlife and Water
    How plants and animals need and use water in the different habitats on the sanctuary and in the world is the focus of this experimental study. Students will also compare the ways wildlife adapts to living in freshwater and saltwater environments.

 

10-11 year olds

  • Fall 2021: Earth Trek: Living on the Planet
    From ants to zebras, every animal on the Earth has a purpose. Students will discover the importance of a myriad of animal species on our planet and learn the connections they have to us and each other. We will explore different ecological dilemmas from endangered species to the effects of climate change on ecosystems, animal behavior, and health. With the application of the scientific method, this will be an in-depth, thought-provoking, and problem-solving experience.
  • Spring 2022: Earth Trek: Living on the Planet II
    In Part II, we will continue to explore different ecological dilemmas from endangered species to the effects of climate change on ecosystems, animal behavior, and health. With the application of the scientific method, this will be an in-depth, thought-provoking, and problem-solving experience.

Covid Impact

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Tuition Per Semester

Member Rate: $210

Non-Member Rate: $230

  • (Includes $5 processing fee per payment) 
  • $95  Heard Museum Member* down payment | $115  Non-member down payment
  • A monthly payment (includes a $5 processing fee) will be charged to your credit card on file the 1st of October and November in the fall or February and March in the spring.

Fall 2021 Homeschool Covid Protocol Statement as of May 2021

At this time, we are optimistic that the Covid-19 situation will continue to improve in our area and that minimal Covid-19 protocols will need to be implemented. Accordingly, we are offering the full scope of our regular preschool and homeschool classes beginning this fall and have set up registration accordingly.

However, if conditions change and any local, state, or federal mandates are implemented that would affect what we offer, we reserve the right to make any needed changes to our program offerings and/or class sizes.

As for the preschool/homeschool protocols we will require when classes start – we can’t give exact details at this time. Towards the end of summer, we will evaluate the current Covid-19 situation and what the CDC and other scientific organizations are recommending for best practices. We will follow their suggestions as they apply to our situation and do our best to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and their families.

Though we are hoping conditions will be such that we need minimal, if any, covid protocols. But if conditions warrant, we may utilize some or all of the protocols and guidelines we used during the 20-21 academic year.  For example, we may limit class sizes; require face masks to be worn while indoors and in any other areas specified by the museum; have a health check before entering class; and/or have a one-way drop off/pick-up at the SRC, etc. We may also provide additional classroom and restroom sanitization and single-use classroom supplies. The touching of live animals and specimens may be limited or restricted as well. Again, what guidelines and protocols we use will be determined by the best practices suggested by the medical/health experts. What, if any, protocols we put in place will be sent to all registered families and posted on our website by the end of August.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this unique time.

  • Full refund minus $10 admin fee by August 31
  • 50% refund by September 14
  • No refunds after September 15

Schedule

Meet the Teacher

September 14, 1-2pm

Fall 2021 Dates

Tuesdays, 1 – 3pm

September 21 – December 14

(No classes Thanksgiving week)

Reservations

Pre-registration is required. Registration for Spring 2022 coming soon!

1.  Complete a Registration Form

2. Complete Payment 

 

Please note registration is not complete until a registration form and payment have been completed and submitted for each participating child. An optional monthly payment plan is also available at this link. Please note fees apply.

Additional Information

The Heard’s weekly Homeschool Natural Science Program is appropriate for children ages 5-11. We use the age of each student on September 1 for class placement for the entire academic year.

Homeschool Natural Science Program

Ages 12-13

This lab-based course will focus on using the scientific method to ask questions, form hypotheses, collect data in the field, and present our findings in charts and graphs. Spots are limited and pre-registration is required.

Topics

Fall 2021

This lab-based course will focus on a habitat plot study, combined with hiking and keeping a nature journal. Students will use thermometers, microscopes, and other lab equipment to make observations and gather data about the soil, the plants, and the animal life in their plot throughout the semester.

 

Spring 2022

The spring semester will focus on the animal kingdom and we will continue to build our science vocabulary from Greek and Latin roots, hike, and keep a nature journal. Students will observe live animals and specimens, use microscopes and lab tools, and discuss threats to animal habitats.

Student Expectations

Students will be expected to:

  • Hike or gather data outdoors for most of each class
  • Work together and independently
  • Read, follow directions, and stay on task
  • Keep a nature journal
  • Discuss ideas with others
  • Complete a 30-minute homework assignment before each class

Tuition Per Semester

Member Rate: $160

Non-Member Rate: $180

Fall 2021 Homeschool Covid Protocol Statement as of May 2021

 

At this time, we are optimistic that the Covid-19 situation will continue to improve in our area and that minimal Covid-19 protocols will need to be implemented. Accordingly, we are offering the full scope of our regular preschool and homeschool classes beginning this fall and have set up registration accordingly.

 

However, if conditions change and any local, state, or federal mandates are implemented that would affect what we offer, we reserve the right to make any needed changes to our program offerings and/or class sizes.

 

As for the preschool/homeschool protocols we will require when classes start – we can’t give exact details at this time. Towards the end of summer, we will evaluate the current Covid-19 situation and what the CDC and other scientific organizations are recommending for best practices. We will follow their suggestions as they apply to our situation and do our best to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and their families.

 

Though we are hoping conditions will be such that we need minimal, if any, covid protocols. But if conditions warrant, we may utilize some or all of the protocols and guidelines we used during the 20-21 academic year.  For example, we may limit class sizes; require face masks to be worn while indoors and in any other areas specified by the museum; have a health check before entering class; and/or have a one-way drop off/pick-up at the SRC, etc. We may also provide additional classroom and restroom sanitization and single-use classroom supplies. The touching of live animals and specimens may be limited or restricted as well. Again, what guidelines and protocols we use will be determined by the best practices suggested by the medical/health experts. What, if any, protocols we put in place will be sent to all registered families and posted on our website by the end of August.

 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this unique time.

  • Full refund minus $10 admin fee by August 31
  • 50% refund by September 14
  • No refunds after September 15

Schedule

Tuesdays / 8x semester

1 – 3pm

 

Meet the Teacher

September 14

 

Fall 2021 Dates
  • September 21 
  • September 28
  • October 12 
  • October 19
  • November 2
  • November 9 
  • November 30
  • December 7

Reservations

Pre-registration is required.

Additional Information

Please note that the reciprocal admission agreement that the Heard has with Perot Museum, Fort Worth Museum of Nature & Science and ASTC Passport Program participants does not apply to education programs or special events.

Magic Planet Homeschool Classes

Magic Planet Homeschool classes will introduce your students to natural science in ways that are both familiar and not-so-familiar.  Just like our Tuesday programs, Magic Planet Homeschool will take advantage of the learning opportunities provided by the Heard’s wildlife sanctuary and its animal ambassadors. However, the Heard’s 4-ft interactive digital globe will put a different twist on the inside lesson portion of our class period! Spots are limited and pre-registration is required. These classes are for children ages 6-11.

 

More information coming soon!

Topics

Fall 2021
Our Earth – This fascinating planet that we call home is full of marvelous processes, cycles, living things and non-living things that all impact each other. As a result of these impacts, the Earth is always changing! We’ll use the Magic Planet to explore the environmental science of the earth and take a deeper look at the changes that are always happening around us.

 

Spring 2022
Beyond Our Earth – As the Magic Planet helps us to study the sun, planets, and other objects, we’ll continually compare those objects back to the Earth, thus reviewing and deepening our knowledge of our own planet.

Tuition Per Semester

Member Rate: $210

Non-Member Rate: $230

  • Full refund minus $10 admin fee by August 31
  • 50% refund by September 14
  • No refunds after September 15

Fall 2021 Homeschool Covid Protocol Statement as of May 2021

 

At this time, we are optimistic that the Covid-19 situation will continue to improve in our area and that minimal Covid-19 protocols will need to be implemented. Accordingly, we are offering the full scope of our regular preschool and homeschool classes beginning this fall and have set up registration accordingly.

 

However, if conditions change and any local, state, or federal mandates are implemented that would affect what we offer, we reserve the right to make any needed changes to our program offerings and/or class sizes.

 

As for the preschool/homeschool protocols we will require when classes start – we can’t give exact details at this time. Towards the end of summer, we will evaluate the current Covid-19 situation and what the CDC and other scientific organizations are recommending for best practices. We will follow their suggestions as they apply to our situation and do our best to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and their families.

 

Though we are hoping conditions will be such that we need minimal, if any, covid protocols. But if conditions warrant, we may utilize some or all of the protocols and guidelines we used during the 20-21 academic year.  For example, we may limit class sizes; require face masks to be worn while indoors and in any other areas specified by the museum; have a health check before entering class; and/or have a one-way drop off/pick-up at the SRC, etc. We may also provide additional classroom and restroom sanitization and single-use classroom supplies. The touching of live animals and specimens may be limited or restricted as well. Again, what guidelines and protocols we use will be determined by the best practices suggested by the medical/health experts. What, if any, protocols we put in place will be sent to all registered families and posted on our website by the end of August.

 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate through this unique time.

Schedule

Fall 2021 Dates

Thursdays, 9:30-11:30 AM

September 21 – December 14

(No classes Thanksgiving week)

Reservations

Pre-registration is required.

Additional Information

We use the age of each student on September 1 for class placement for the entire academic year.