School Program

A Journey Through Time

Students with cow hideThe Homestead Museum is pleased to offer its California history program, A Journey Through Time, during the 2013-2014 school year.

Over twenty-five years ago, the museum, in conjunction with the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District (HLPUSD), created A Journey Through Time to serve the needs of fourth-grade students and teachers focusing on California history. Based on feedback from Museum and Classroom Teachers, the program has been revised to keep it relevant and engaging for the students of today. While still complementing the fourth-grade curriculum, goals of the program include developing students’ awareness, understanding, and appreciation of social and cultural change; enhancing their observation, critical thinking, and communication skills; and stimulating an interest in museums and history. The program is offered free of charge to all participants!
Click here for a program brochure.

For information on other children's tour options, click here.


Program Overview & Materials

A Journey Through Time consists of various multidisciplinary classroom activities and a comprehensive, hands-on visit to the museum, all focusing on the history of Southern California during the 1840s, 1870s, and 1920s.


Before or after your visit, students can learn about the focus decades in class through fun and engaging materials that are downloadable from our website. Among the activities that meet a number of state standards are math story problems and vocabulary match-up games.

During a two-hour visit to the Homestead, students will take a hands-on approach to learning about the history of the region as they
• try their luck at an 1840s bartering activity,
• get a taste for what it was like to be new to Los Angeles in the 1870s,
• create a 1920s advertising campaign,
• perform in a radio play.

The Museum visit helps students make connections between the past and present and illustrates how history impacts their daily lives. Program components encourage teamwork and critical thinking skills.

Aside from the downloadable classroom activities, classes are provided with name badges and souvenir pencils. Bus stipends are available to all participating classes courtesy of the Industry Manufacturers Council (more information will be provided when booking).





Reservations for A Journey Through Time are now full for the 2013-'14 school year.

However, we are happy to offer children's tours. Click here for more info.



A Journey Through Time tours are offered select weekdays from mid-October to mid-June. All programs begin at 10 a.m. and conclude at noon. The program is limited to 70 fourth-grade classes per year and is booked on a first-come, first-served basis. Two classes can be accommodated at the same time.

Booking for the 2013-'14 school year is now full. Feel free to call us at (626) 968-8492 for information about other programs for students.