Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day
With Spring right around the corner, it’s time to get out on some field trips! On Tuesday, March 13th, families from all over Iowa will gather at the Statehouse for Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day. While there, families will be able to go on a tour of the breathtaking Capitol building, meet legislators, go on a scavenger hunt, hear from experts about current legislative issues, and much more! Here are three other reasons why homeschooling moms should plan a field trip to Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day.
These are our People
Most people think that elected officials are untouchable, like royalty behind locked palace doors. When you come to Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day, you are trained in how to request a meeting with your legislator and how to talk with them about why home education is important to your family. Your kids will have the opportunity to learn that legislators are real people who you can talk with, thank, and encourage.
The education isn’t just for your kids, though. You will be teaching your legislators that YOU are real people too! By putting a face to homeschooling, you’ll be reminding lawmakers about your real-life concerns and your commitment to educating your children well. Our elected officials are our people, and they need to hear from us.
Social Skills Training Level: Pro
One of the things I LOVE about this field trip is the opportunity to teach your children professional social skills. Our kids might not need to know how to give a firm handshake to a new friend at the playground, but professional skills are very important for children to learn and practice, even at a young age!
Use this opportunity to teach your children how to write a formal letter to their legislators thanking them for their service. Do a short unit study on how to dress professionally. And if you need a few new outfits, then take your kids shopping and teach them how to put together a professional outfit. Practice the etiquette of introductions, shaking hands, and how to address elected officials with the proper title, like “Representative Smith” or “Senator Smith.”
By taking advantage of field trips in professional settings, you will be teaching your children that proper manners matter!
A Civics Lesson that Lasts
Homeschooling is powerful because of the amount of hands-on learning we can provide our kids. At Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day, your kids can see where the lawmaking happens, talk with lawmakers, and even participate in an interactive “Kid-Friendly Civics” presentation. When learning becomes an experience, it becomes a lesson we never forget.
For more information and to register, visit Homeschool Iowa.
About the Author
Elizabeth Bailey is the hopeless romantic wife of a level-headed engineer. She now works as a stay-at-home mother to her four children and, in the past, has worked as a short-order cook, academic coach, and librarian. She serves on the board of the Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators with her husband and serves as Co-Coordinator for Homeschool Iowa Capitol Day Event. Elizabeth has a B.A. in Social Sciences from Thomas Edison State University, but is best known for her bedtime story skills.
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