School Programs

JAHM offers award-winning educational programs for schools and homeschool groups, scouts, and the general public. School programs are fun, hands-on experiences that:

  • Meet Common Core state standards
  • Cost between $4 and $5 per student
  • Allow teachers and chaperones to attend at no charge (must have at least 1 chaperone per 15 students)
  • Are accessible for students with all variety of needs

School Programs include:

  • History Hunt
  • Prairie Pioneers
  • Toys and Games of Times Past
  • The Joliet Loop: Architecture Seek and Find!
  • Joliet Downtown Loop: Architecture and Monument Walk in Downtown Joliet
  • The Native American Circle of Life
  • Native American Life: Trade and Communication
  • The Route 66 Experience

History Hunt

2nd Grade and Up (1 hour)
Cost: $5/Student
In this program, students participate in a history hunt to learn about the artifacts in the Museum’s main gallery and to discover what these artifacts tell us about what life was like in Joliet and the surrounding area in times past. This tour is designed to accomidate any class size. Highly recomended to be paired with another program for a longer Museum visit! 

Prairie Pioneers

Preschool-3rd Grade (1 hour)
Cost: $5/Student
No video games? No texting or Instagram? No cars? No grocery stores? You gotta be kiddin’ me! This program gives students a glimpse at life on the prairie in 1832, the year Charles Reed built his cabin on land that would eventually become Joliet. Students learn about housing, transportation, clothing, and chores of yesteryear through hands-on, station-based activities. The kids make and taste home-made butter—a favorite of students and teachers alike. This program can be lengthened by adding a tour or a History Hunt. 

Toys and Games of Times Past

1st Grade and up (1 hour)
Cost: $5/Student
Are kids today like kids of yesterday? This program utilizes toys and games to illustrate how Native American and pioneer children lived over two-hundred years ago. Students will engage in hands-on games and discover that kids today are very much like those of yester-year. At the conclusion of the program students will make a historic toy to take home. This program mixes well with a general tour or History Hunt through the museum - adding another hour to your visit! 

The Joliet Loop: Architecture Seek and Find!

Preschool-2nd Grade (1 1/2 hours)
Cost : $5/Student
This class uses architecture to reinforce basic math concepts such as shapes and patterns while learning about local history. Students read a story to learn what architecture is all about and then use a seek and find worksheet to look for shapes as we walk through downtown Joliet, along the "loop" the trolleys used to take. As they look for shapes, the students learn basic concepts of architecture, design, and local history. In the second part of the program, students use shapes to create their own building on paper. This program is designed for classes of 20 or fewer students. Additional chaperones are required for this program, which is only available April 1-October 31st, weather permitting. Students should wear appropriate walking shoes and dress according to weather conditions. A waiver signed by parents is required and will be sent to teachers along with confirmation information. 

The Joliet Loop: Architecture and Monument Walk through Downtown Joliet

3rd Grade and Up (1 1/2 hours)
Cost: $5/Student
This class uses architecture to reinforce math concepts while learning about local history! Students learn the basics of neo classical architecture by examining the Museum building. They then move outside for an architecture walk through the downtown “loop” (the old trolley route) where they learn about the history of Joliet by looking at the types of businesses once located in Joliet, the styles of architecture, and the materials used in the buildings. They also examine the monuments on the courthouse square to learn what these structures tell us about local history and what it means to be a community. Students complete an architecture/history hunt during the walk. This program is designed for classes of 30 students or less. Additional chaperones are required for this program, which is only available April 1-October 31st, weather permitting. Students should wear appropriate walking shoes and dress according to weather conditions. A waiver signed by parents is required for this program and will be sent to teachers along with confirmation information. 

Native American Culture in Will County

From the Hopewell culture to the Potawatomi, Will County is rich in Native American history. The following lessons introduce students to the culture of the Potawatomi, the last group of Native Americans to live in what would eventu-ally become Will County.

The Native American Circle of Life

Preschool-2nd Grade (1 1/2 hours)
Cost: $5/Student
In this program, students participate in fun, hands-on activities to investigate significant aspects of Potawatomi life, including the role animals played in the Native American circle of life. Students listen to a Native American folk tale to learn the role oral tradition played in passing down Native American history and how stories, especially those featuring animals, were used by Native Americans to explain the world around them. Then, they make a turtle rattle and use it to do a Circle Dance, a dance used to honor the animals that had provided them with food, clothing, and so much more. Finally, students engage in Native American games of awareness to learn how Native American children were taught to become skilled hunters. This program mixes well with a general tour or History Hunt through the museum - adding another hour to your visit! 

The Route 66 Experience

4th-6th Grade (1 hour)
Cost: $5/Student
I’ll take an M.D., hold the hail, paint a bun pup red, an order of frog sticks, and a splash of red noise! Don’t know what this means? You will after your students get their “Kicks” exploring Route 66 in this station-based, hands-on program. In this lesson, students learn about all facets of Route 66 from geography to food! They’ll write a letter home from their Route 66 road trip, analyze the geography of the Route 66 states, explore the Route 66 Experience exhibit, calculate how much food costs along the road, and learn diner slang! This program mixes well with a general tour or History Hunt through the museum - adding another hour to your visit!