Available by reservation, (781) 768-7343, program fees.
These programs have been supported in part by the Weston Educational Enrichment Fund Committee.
Designed with the assistance of curriculum specialists and piloted in classrooms, the programs include:
- Biography on Stamps to help children in grades 2-4 learn about the diversity of individuals who have made contributions to American society and have been depicted on U.S. postage stamps.
- Massachusetts on Stamps to introduce children in grades 3 and up to the historical, natural, and cultural resources of the Commonwealth.
- Workshops on Stamp Collecting to provide students in many grade levels with a potential lifelong interest by building upon selected classroom themes. May be combined with other programs.
- United States and World Geography to give students grades 4 to 6 a better understanding of the locations and history of all 50 states and countries around the world. Students will use U.S. stamps that commemorate events in each state's history and stamps from countries worldwide to increase their knowledge of geography. Large maps and other hands-on materials will be used.
- Homeschooling Units to give children receiving home instruction the same experiences and the above public school programs.
Programs are designed to be 90 minutes in length but may be adapted based upon classroom requirements. The cost is $6 per child; there is no fee for teachers and chaperones. Lunch facilities available; groups may bring a bag lunch with advance notice.
Developed with the assistance of ESL teachers, the program helps students building vocabulary and discussion skills. Activities include:
- Stamp hunts of the U.S. and worldwide collections exhibitions
- Discussion of the worldwide postal system and communications history
- Brainstorming about values reflected in the images on stamps
The ESL program is 90 minutes in length. The fee is $6 per student; there is no charge for teachers.
"You tailor the program to the students' needs. You really spend the time with them to explain, enlighten,
and spark their minds. I know that when I take them to your museum you have the time to spend and concentrate on
them. . . .they're interacting with the objects, connecting with the history and thoughts, and learning is really taking place."