Contact:

Jessica Averett

School Programs

(205) 665-3535, ext. 1062
javerett@americanvillage.org

 

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2022-2023 School Schedule

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2022-23 calendar

SECURING THE BLESSINGS OF LIBERTY: Pre-K through High School Program Schedule, 2022-2023

As a teacher, you play a very important role in the lives of your students. Take them on one of the most important field trips they may ever experience. Coming to the American Village is a great adventure! Students are stepping into an immersive experience that is impactful, engaging, inspiring,...and FUN! A great value at only $10/student!

We invite you and your students to experience the stories of America's journey for independence, liberty and self-government. Step into the scene and experience the risks, uncertainties, and dramatic events as they unfolded during America's revolutionary decision to declare its independence. The American Village offers an opportunity for your students to become active participants in "Securing the Blessings of Liberty" and leave with a better foundation for good citizenship.

More than a field trip, the American Village educational programs are tied directly to objectives in state courses of study in history, citizenship (civics) and government, as well as graduation standards. Students from every grade level benefit as they participate in experiential learning.

Unique in its mission to strengthen and renew the foundations of American liberty and self-government through citizenship education, the American Village is an educational experience like no other!

 

Pre-K through Kindergarten

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LIVING AMERICA'S STORY - AN AMERICAN CHRISTMAS
December 12-16, 2022

Get into the spirit of Christmas as you enjoy the tale of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” performed by the author and a special furry guest. Visit the White House Oval Office and place decorations on the Christmas tree. Join a dance lesson with Martha Washington and play 18th Century games. 

Please bring your classroom-made Christmas ornaments to place on the tree in the Oval Office.

 

Kindergarten through Grade 3

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LIVING AMERICA’S STORY - PRESIDENTS' DAYS
February 13-17, 21-24, 27-28, 2023

Meet President George Washington, King George, and get ready to play the game show, “Choose Your George”. Students will also put together a puzzle of Lincoln’s life story and develop a greater understanding of what it is like to be the President of the United States of America as they learn about the many duties and “hats” the President wears. 

 Students may dress like their favorite President or First Lady.


Lesli Paul Reveres Ride
LIVING AMERICA’S STORY - PATRIOTS
September 6-9, 12-16, 2022; April 3-6, 10-14, 2023

Young colonists take action! Be brave and muster your courage to be engaged to help our country on the “Road to Revolution.” You may be asked to row across the Charles River or ride with Paul Revere to warn the colonists that the British are coming. There could be a “tea party” in Boston and patriots may even become “spies” as they relay secret messages.

Students are encouraged to wear mob caps and tricorn hats.


Thanksgiving Feast with Noel


LIVING AMERICA’S STORY - THANKSGIVING

October 18-21, 24-28, 31; November 1-4, 7-11, 14-18, 21-22, 2022

Travel on the Mayflower to the new country; exchange gifts with a Native American tribal chief who befriends the colonists; play harvest games on the green and participate in the first Thanksgiving Feast.

Children are encouraged to wear Pilgrim and/or Native American costumes.

Intermediate, Grades 4-5

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INDEPENDENCE! 
September 19-23, 26-30; October 3-7, 10-14; November 28-30; December 1-2, 2022; January 9-13, 17-20, 23-28, 30-31; February 1-3, 6-10; March 1-3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31; April 17-21, 24-28; May 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 2023

Independence! is the newest program at the American Village, and is centered around a new building - the West Wing of Independence Hall. The new building features an immersive exhibition space and a multi-sensory theatre, designed to fully engage students in the struggle for American independence.

An opening play takes place just outside the West Wing of Independence Hall. Once inside, students are transported back to revolutionary Boston on the eve of Paul Revere’s ride. From the foyer, students move into the multi-sensory theatre, where they see an original film that takes then on a journey from Paul Revere’s ride to the battles at Lexington and Concord, to the Continental Congress, and ultimatetly the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

In addition to the expeiences in the West Wing of Independence Hall, students take part in the Yorktown Encampment, learn about medical practices in the Continental Army, attend the 5th Virginia Convention and argue for independence, meet the Sons of Liberty and carry a secret message vital to the patriots’ cause.

Middle School, Grades 6-8

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INDEPENDENCE! 
September 19-23, 26-30; October 3-7, 10-14; November 28-30; December 1-2, 2022; January 9-13, 17-20, 23-28, 30-31; February 1-3, 6-10; March 1-3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31; April 17-21, 24-28; May 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 2023

Independence! is the newest program at the American Village, and is centered around a new building - the West Wing of Independence Hall. The new building features an immersive exhibition space and a multi-sensory theatre, designed to fully engage students in the struggle for American independence.

An opening play takes place just outside the West Wing of Independence Hall. Once inside, students are transported back to revolutionary Boston on the eve of Paul Revere’s ride. From the foyer, students move into the multi-sensory theatre, where they see an original film that takes then on a journey from Paul Revere’s ride to the battles at Lexington and Concord, to the Continental Congress, and ultimatetly the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

In addition to the expeiences in the West Wing of Independence Hall, students take part in the Yorktown Encampment, learn about medical practices in the Continental Army, attend the 5th Virginia Convention and argue for independence, meet the Sons of Liberty and carry a secret message vital to the patriots’ cause.

High School, Grades 9-12

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INDEPENDENCE! 
September 19-23, 26-30; October 3-7, 10-14; November 28-30; December 1-2, 2022; January 9-13, 17-20, 23-28, 30-31; February 1-3, 6-10; March 1-3, 6-10, 13-17, 20-24, 27-31; April 17-21, 24-28; May 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26, 2023

Independence! is the newest program at the American Village, and is centered around a new building - the West Wing of Independence Hall. The new building features an immersive exhibition space and a multi-sensory theatre, designed to fully engage students in the struggle for American independence.

An opening play takes place just outside the West Wing of Independence Hall. Once inside, students are transported back to revolutionary Boston on the eve of Paul Revere’s ride. From the foyer, students move into the multi-sensory theatre, where they see an original film that takes then on a journey from Paul Revere’s ride to the battles at Lexington and Concord, to the Continental Congress, and ultimatetly the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

In addition to the expeiences in the West Wing of Independence Hall, students take part in the Yorktown Encampment, learn about medical practices in the Continental Army, attend the 5th Virginia Convention and argue for independence, meet the Sons of Liberty and carry a secret message vital to the patriots’ cause. 

Independence! is aligned with Alabama Course of Study standards and supplements regular classroom instruction intended to meet those standards. It is the best choice of programming for students in grades four through twelve, apart from special programs designed for and targeted to more specific topics and age groups from time to time. The program is consistent in subject matter for all grades, appealing to a broad spectrum of students and attending to multiple, active learning styles; however, delivery is differentiated for varying age groupings. 

Content understanding is differentiated on the basis of vocabulary and concept difficulty. Modifications are made in the use of authentic language, use of examples and analogies, use of visual and auditory support, degree of presentation detail, connection to accessible and relevant student background and experience, connection to previous classroom instruction, and in pacing. The program also seeks to evoke a sense of ownership and stewardship of the principles of liberty and self-government. In this regard, program delivery is differentiated on the basis of age, maturity level and civic experience. Students will participate in the struggle for American independence and the continuing journey to fulfill the promises of liberty and equality. It is a compelling story, and your students are a part of it!

Frequently Asked Questions 

Which programs are best suited for my students? 

All of our educational programs are very engaging and inspiring for students. Our catalog is divided by grade level, Pre-K through high school. You can easily scan the program options for each grade to see which ones fit the needs of your class.

What does it cost? 

Program fee is $10 in advance for each student and chaperone, $11 onsite.

May we eat lunch on our visit? 

Picnic facilities and lunch options are available. Please be sure to discuss lunch options for your class when you make your reservation.

What should we expect? 

American Village programs are carefully structured so that students become part of a “revolutionary experience” that is designed to teach and inspire. Programs run from one and a half to two and a half hours.

Each teacher will receive lesson plans, classroom resources and other information prior to their visit.

Our staff is here to help! We will meet you in the Visitors Center upon your arrival for check-in, lead you to your first program location and provide a brief orientation to the American Village.

Our talented historical interpreters will engage your students in the power and drama of America’s founding!

How do I register?

Our school group reservation form is on our website, www.americanvillage.org, under American Village Classroom. Here you will find other information helpful in planning your visit.

Pre-reservations are required for all school trips. Priority for reservation will be based on the order in which reservation forms are received, subject to availability.

Your reservation will be confirmed by email after we receive your reservation request form.

We look forward to your visit! THANK YOU for what you are doing for our Nation’s youth.