Lead by a visit to the Springfield Museums’ new exhibit, “Leaving Our Mark: In Celebration of the Pencil,” families can explore not only the role of pencils and paper in art-making, but their ties to the history of western Massachusetts! A local historic mining site and a papermaking museum add depth to the arts-based learning that the museums’ exhibit inspires.
Phenology – the study of seasonal change in plants and animals – helps to illuminate the slow and subtle daily changes undergone in the living things around us. By combining leaf peeping with an awareness of phenology, families can learn about the science behind the colorful fall landscape.
During the 2015-2016 school year, families of 4th graders can gain free access to all of the country’s fantastic national parks! Whether by exploring Massachusetts’ historic sites and national seashore or dreaming about mountainous parks out west, families can engage in both experiential and inspired learning about the treasures our park system has to offer.