Burritt on the Mountain is excited to offer a new year of our Home School Happenings. Every month features an enrichment lesson that focuses on science, history, art, or a combination of the three. Each lesson includes a hands-on learning experience, an oral presentation, and a handout that features information and follow-up activities about the month’s topic. In our historic park and woodland environment, learning comes alive!
Classes will be offered from 12:00 to 1:30 three times each month and are designed for children from kindergarten through 8th grade. The first Tuesday and second Wednesday of the month are geared toward lower elementary students. The first Wednesday is for upper elementary and middle school students. Exceptions to these age designations may be made so that siblings may attend together. (Please check specific dates listed below.)
Students must be registered for classes in advance to ensure that ample supplies are available. Reservations are required at least one week in advance and enrollment is on a first-come-first-served basis. Payment for individual classes must be made at least one week prior to class and may be made by cash, check or credit card. The cost for each class is $10.00 per attendee for members and $11.00 per attendee for non-members. Unfortunately, due to limited space, parents who choose to attend must register and pay also. If you pay in advance for the classes you have reserved for the semester, you receive a 20% discount. Payments for the spring semester are due December 31. Burritt on the Mountain reserves the right to cancel classes that do not meet our minimum required enrollment.
If you have a group of 10 or more students, you may book a private class session for your group. Custom-made field trips for 10 or more may also be arranged. Our programs can easily align with The Prairie Primer curriculum and lessons may be customized for your group’s interests. To reserve your child’s spot or arrange a private class, please contact
January – School Days in the 1800’s had some similarities with today, but we will see how school was different in many ways. Learn about the daily lives of children in the 1800’s, experience writing with a quill and ink, doing sums on a slate, and helping the teacher prepare the schoolhouse for lessons. (Lower Elementary - Tuesday, 1/8 and Wednesday, 1/2; Upper Elementary & Middle School – Wednesday, 1/9; NOTE THE DATE CHANGE FOR THE TUESDAY LESSON DUE TO A HOLIDAY.)
February – The Underground Railroad had no tracks or train cars, but it moved thousands of slaves from the South to freedom in the North. Learn about who traveled on this journey and experience it yourself as we follow clues from one “safe” house to the next. (Lower Elementary - Tuesday, 2/5 and Wednesday, 2/13; Upper Elementary & Middle School – Wednesday, 2/6)
March –Food Preparation and Preservation was a challenge that our ancestors met with gusto. Find out how food was preserved in a time before refrigeration. We’ll learn how both smoke and water can help us keep food fresh. Try your hand in one of our kitchens and you may even get a taste of some homemade cooking!
(Lower Elementary - Tuesday, 3/5 and Wednesday, 3/13; Upper Elementary & Middle School – Wednesday, 3/6)
April – Mining on the Mountain will fascinate students as we learn about mining (past and present), hike to an abandoned coal mine, and have fun at our sluice panning for rocks and minerals. Students will learn about the use of our natural resources and how those resources impact our lives. (Lower Elementary - Tuesday, 4/2 and Wednesday, 4/10; Upper Elementary & Middle School – Wednesday, 4/3)
May – Whimsical Woods will delight everyone as we explore fairy tales and other classic children’s literature of the 1800’s with a special journey through our Whimsical Woods summer feature! In the historic park we’ll engage with timeless stories and characters. We might learn about eggs with Humpty Dumpty, try our hand at Cinderella’s chores, or see what Jack & the Beanstalk can teach us about bartering for goods! Older students don’t fret, fairy tales and classic literature like Tom Sawyer and Treasure Island are not just for little kids. Activities will be age appropriate. (Lower Elementary - Tuesday, 5/7 and Wednesday, 5/8; Upper Elementary & Middle School – Wednesday, 5/1)
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Be sure to check our website often to learn about other educational and fun events. Camps are offered during summer, fall break, and spring break. October is our International Heritage Festival and April is our Spring Farm Days Festival. Plan to join us for these fun events too.