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Homeschool Day: Empathy and Community

The nights are long, the days are cold, and the holiday season is upon us. Join the Missouri History Museum on Monday, December 4, from 10am to 2pm for our last Homeschool Day of 2017: Empathy and Community. We’ll spend the day working together, learning about empathy, and giving back to the community.

Interested in expressing yourself through dance? Jump right in with MADCO (Modern American Dance Company). MADCO will give two morning performances, and later in the afternoon you can team up with its professional dancers for a creative movement workshop! Check out its website for more information.

Want to give back this holiday season? We’ve got a perfect opportunity with Project Linus. This national organization provides handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need. Project Linus will be at our December Homeschool Day stocked with materials, and you can help us make no-sew fleece blankets. The group will also accept financial and material donations. Click here to view its donation guidelines.

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Program Descriptions

Holiday Crafts
(Drop In, ALL) Students can get crafty for the holidays with some exciting projects that also make great one-of-a-kind gifts. They’ll be encouraged to think about how they can help their friends, family, and community in ways big and small, then write down positive actions and put them into a “Good Deed a Day” jar. That way, ideas about how to help others are always nearby! Students who show they’ve completed one good deed each week between the December and January homeschool days will receive a special Empathy Hero prize. Students can also visualize inspiring words and images while painting empathy garden rocks, and they can create holiday-themed flameless candle ornaments.

Empathy and Community Workshop
(Ages 5–12) Students are invited to participate in the Empathy and Community Workshop, where they can get active, meet their fellow homeschoolers, and have fun with feelings. They’ll use their imaginations to question, dance, and pretend their way through emotions. With the help of sounds and pictures from St. Louis’s past, they can put themselves in the shoes of people who lived long ago.

What We Need: Empathy and Motivation Workshop
(Ages 12–18) Students can ponder some important questions in this workshop: Why do people take certain actions? What do people need to be happy? How can we help take care of each other? Together, we’ll explore some of the underlying reasons why people do the things they do. By looking at life through a historical lens and reflecting on personal motivations, students will leave with new ideas on how to take better care of themselves—and each other.

Talking to Your Younger Kids About Race
(Parents) While students participate in one of the morning workshops, parents are invited to join Tabari Coleman, education director at the Anti-Defamation League, for a discussion on how to talk to kids about race. The session will specifically focus on students age 12 and younger. 

MADCO Performance of FREEDOM: Behind the Scenes
(ALL) The journey toward FREEDOM began in 2014 with the death of Michael Brown; MADCO choreographers wanted to respond through art. Inspired by Washington University Olin Library’s National Civil Rights collection, FREEDOM developed into a deeply affecting piece. This performance provides a safe space for reflection on human rights, and it serves as a springboard for conversations that can lead to healing. 

MADCO Dance Workshop: History in Motion
(Ages 8–18) Professional teaching artists from MADCO will guide students through the creative process and use history to inspire motion. These creative movement classes foster new ways of thinking, spark joy in learning, and cultivate an appreciation of the arts.

Lunch and a Movie: American Eats: Holiday Foods
(Drop In, ALL) Few things are as emblematic of the holiday season as food. This film takes a festive look at America’s most beloved holiday dishes—including stuffing, candied yams, and cranberry sauce—and investigates their origins. Did you know that cranberry sauce was first introduced in 1864 when General Ulysses S. Grant ordered that it should be served to his troops during the siege of Petersburg, Virginia? Students will learn a crop of fascinating trivia during a screening of this History Channel production. 

Service Opportunity: Make a Blanket with Project Linus
(Drop In, ALL) Students who’d like to give back to the community during the holidays can help kids in need with this opportunity from Project Linus. The organization will provide the supplies and the expertise, and we’ll create as many no-sew fleece blankets as we can. These blankets will be taken to local agencies and hospitals that serve children in need. Since 2009, Project Linus has given more than 20,000 blankets to kids throughout the St. Louis area. 

Storytelling with the St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature
(Ages 2–6) and (Ages 6–11) Join us in the Grand Hall as authors from the St. Louis Black Authors of Children’s Literature Initiative read from their books! This group is dedicated to promoting literacy for all kids, and it works to create more exposure to publications by black authors. Their selections will focus on empathy and community, and students will be able to make a craft related to the stories. 

History Clubhouse Gallery Exploration
(Ages 2–10) The History Clubhouse is available for your family to visit from 10am to 4pm today and every day. Timed-entry tickets are required, which you may request from the ticket desk at the Museum’s north entrance. These tickets are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. As a reminder, the History Clubhouse is intended for children ages 2–10, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

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Series:Homeschool Days
When: Monday, December 4 2017 at 10:00 am (past)
Where: Throughout the Museum
How Much:Free
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