Burpee Museum offers home school classes

Burpee Museum of Natural History offers home school classes to children between the ages of 5 and13. These classes will be offered on Jan. 20, Feb. 17 and March 17. The classes are offered from 1:30 to4:30 p.m. Cost for each session is $8 for members and $10 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. Call the Education Department at (815) 965-3433, ext. 1020 to register.

Jan. 20, Geology I—Embark on an exploration into the Earth’s makeup. The course will discover the parts of the Earth as well as discover what makes land formations, earthquakes and volcanoes. Attendees will even get to join in as the class produces a volcanic eruption.

Feb. 17, Geology II—In Part II, discover the rock cycle, including how rocks form and change. The class will test and identify different minerals and start its own rock and mineral collection.

March 17, Geology III—The final class will demonstrate soil erosion and its effect on the Earth. Learn how to protect the Earth through recycling and saving water and energy. Make your own recycled art! Bring some clean items from your recycling bin for the project.

Patti Grzbowski is the newly appointed home school coordinator who has been with the Burpee Museum for more than two years. She brings her experience in home schooling and education. Grzbowski is married with two daughters, and has been educating her daughters at home for more than six years. She received her bacehlor’s of science in education at NIU. She has taught pre-school and substitute taught in the public school system as well as being superintendent of Sunday school at church.

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