Anderson Children's Foundation

Junior Historian Program (2017-2018, 2015-2016, 2014-2015)

Junior Historians is an educational program based at the Coachella Valley History Museum. This program provides children in the Coachella Valley with hands-on learning about history on museum campus. Students in the Valley need a safe and cool environment to explore and learn. This program is based on Common Core State Standards and California History-Social Science Curriculum.

Junior Historians is offered twice a year, in the summer and in the winter. Summer is a four-week camp with each week covering a different section in American history, geography, and government. Winter is an eight week after school program focused on local history in the Coachella Valley, such as the Cahuilla Indians. The program implements various methods to teach these themes such as: kinesthetic, touch, sight, and auditory. Some of our exciting methods involve children creating airplanes to understand the process of flight during World War II, and pretending to be local figures like General Patton at our Heritage Festival.

In low-scoring schools, children do not have the time to focus on social studies due to intense concentration on reading, writing and math skills. We aim to bridge the gap in one of the four major subjects, allowing students to appreciate history. The curriculum is designed by Dr. Priscilla Porter author of the Reflection social studies textbook used in many school in Desert Sands Unified School District. The grant from the Anderson Children’s Foundation supports the growth of the program and the amount of children it benefits.