Our homeschool program help students learn about history through artifacts, primary and secondary source documents, and our collections. The programs run seasonally. Call the Montclair History Center at 973-744-1796 if you are interested in one of the programs, but a date is not listed.
Hearth Cooking for Homeschoolers
Ages 10 to 14, if your child falls outside this age range, please contact us to discuss enrollment. Maximum class size: 12.
Classes meet on Wednesdays, from 10 am until 12:30 pm. Class Dates: October 16, 23, 30. November 6, 13, 20.
This 6-week hearth cooking class takes children through food preservation, learning how to use tools and working on a real hearth fire, making food using recipes from historic cookbooks, and encourages creativity in using seasonable food items. Each class begins with a lesson around our food history and hands on activities in hearth. Students are encouraged to use creativity and decision making for their recipes each week. This cooking class will use ingredients such as flour, eggs, and dairy. For any food allergies or restrictions please notify staff and discuss at registration.
Program appropriate for ages 10 to 14. Children will be working with real kitchen tools and assisting with the hearth fire. As class space is limited, registration is required to hold your space. Cost is $160 per child for the entire series ($135 if you hold a family membership with the Montclair History Center) individual class registration is not available. Class size is limited. All sessions begin in the hearth kitchen of the Crane House/Historic YWCA at 110 Orange Road, Montclair. All food supplies are included.
History Makers: Craft Your Way Through the Past
Ages 6 to 9, if your child falls outside of this age range please contact our staff to discuss enrollment. Maximum class size of 12.
Classes meet on Thursdays from 10 to 11:00 am. Fall Class dates: October 3, 10, 24, 31. November 7, 14. Spring Class dates: February 27. March 5, 12, 19, 26. April 2.
Our 6-week sessions are sure to get your child excited about history through adventures and craft projects, hands-on moments with special artifacts, and cool facts about Montclair and NJ history! We’ll pair a craft or activity associated with a discussion topic and learn about our rich history before getting hands on. Through crafting we expose children to history in fun and creative ways without the textbook. As class space is limited, registration is required to hold your space. Cost is $75 per child for the entire series ($60 if you hold a family Membership with the history center); individual class registration is not available. All sessions are located in the program room of the Crane House and Historic YWCA at 110 Orange Road, Montclair unless noted. All craft supplies are included.
Homeschool Series Junior Historians
Ages 11 to 17, if your child falls outside of this age range please contact our staff to discuss enrollment. Maximum class size of 12.
Classes meet Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm. Class dates: December 11, 18. January 8, 15, 22, 29. February 5, 12.
Students will use the Crane House and Historic YWCA and Shultz House Museums’ artifacts, primary and secondary source documents from the archives, living history, and field trips to reconstruct the past and how it correlates to our present. In this course students will explore a period in the history of Montclair and New Jersey. . The focus of the course is the use of primary and secondary sources to provide a deeper understanding of the events and movements in history. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of events and movements covered prior to this course. Full class description and field trips available by August.
Recommended for ages 11-17, maximum class size of 15. Registration required online. Cost is $150 per student for the entire 8-week series ($125 if you hold a family membership with the Montclair History Center). All programs begin at the Crane House & Historic YWCA at 110 Orange Road, Montclair unless otherwise noted.