Maine Home Education Week

During the week of May 6 -12, 2018, homeschoolers will celebrate the 31st Annual Maine Home Education Week! To mark the occasion, homeschoolers will gather at Maine Maritime Museum in Bath to learn more about Maine's maritime heritage and culture. 




Date: Thursday, May 10, 2018

Time: 9:30am - 1:30pm

Location: Maine Maritime Museum, Bath

Directions and Parking

Lunch: Bring a bag lunch.

Cost: $7.50 per child/$13.00 per adult (Pre-registration by May 3 is required. Please use the mail-in or online registration form below.)  You may make you payment using the Donate button in the margin to the right.

Schedule of Events:

9:30am - Meet at the museum to check in.

10:00 - 11:30am - Sailors at Sea (grades K-5 program); Explore the museum and outside yard, and scavenger hunt (older students)


Sailors at Sea (this class is full)

Being a sailor was, and still is, an adventurous high stakes profession that takes fascinating skills to survive and prosper. In this program we will explore the culture, diversity, and history of this difficult profession. Students will gain an understanding of how Maine’s geography makes seamanship forever a part of its culture. Activities like unpacking a sea chest, team hauling on an anchor capstan, singing a sea chantey, and an examination of what could be expected for sailor cuisine all make our heritage tangible for students.  


11:30am - Lunch break 

Noon - 1:30pm - Building a Wooden Ship (grades 6 - 12 program); Explore the museum and outside yard, and scavenger hunt (younger students)


Building a Wooden Vessel
The last existing shipbuilding yard for massive wooden vessels in the United States is the perfect place to facilitate understanding of basic engineering challenges, the people who dealt with them, and the tools they used. Students gain knowledge of why this industry flourished because of Maine’s geography, the diversity of people who built these vessels, and how these methods of construction inform shipbuilding today at the Bath Iron Works. Activities include working as a team to build a wooden vessel model, the use of period tools such as augers to drill holes for foot-long wood trunnel nails, and caulking irons for sealing a hull.


1:45pm: Optional Afternoon Activity - A short walking tour with HOME Rep Kim Mazone, including stories about Captain John Patten and the Bath shipbuilding days.


Look for the Maine Home Education Week booth during the Annual HOME Convention, March 15 - 17, 2018 to pick up more information about the event and the museum. 


Registration Form
Please fill out this form and submit it to the HOME Office with your payment by May 3. Space is limited!
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* Event Refund Policy - Registration fees may be refunded up to the registration deadline for this event. No refunds will be made after the registration deadline. In the event that you must cancel, please consider making your fee a donation to HOME rather than requesting a refund! If an event must be canceled or rescheduled for any reason, HOME will notify participants. Refunds will then be considered on a case by case basis, depending on whether or not the event is rescheduled.





Celebrate Maine Home Education Week every year in your own community, too. Find ways to celebrate and be visible throughout the designated week. The following is just a sampling of activities that could be planned especially for Home Education Week within individual support groups and families:


  • Wear a homeschool t-shirt, sticker or button wherever you go during Home Education Week.
  • Have a potluck meal of thanksgiving with other homeschooling families.
  • Bake a celebration cake!
  • Plan a local field trip with a few families or your support group.
  • Arrange for a homeschooling display at your local library.
  • Visit a nursing home.
  • Bring a new homeschooler to visit the HOME Office and The Heart of Home Bookstore.
  • Find ways to volunteer in your community.
  • Plan a fundraiser to raise money for your support group or for HOME.
  • Buy a copy of Homeschool Heroes and read it to your family! Copies are available at the HOME Office.


No matter how you choose to celebrate during Maine Home Education Week, please take time to give thanks and glory to God for the very precious freedoms we have to teach our children at home. Without continued prayer, vigilance and a strong homeschool presence within each Maine community, our blessings of freedom could be easily taken away. Take pride in what you do, and enjoy your well-deserved week of recognition!


View the Governor's Proclamation!

Home Education Week Proclamation 2018
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** If you would like information on helping to sponsor this or other HOME Events, please contact Mary Collier at or (207)475-6388