Home Education Week and Capitol Day

Maine Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap to Join Homeschoolers on Capitol Day in May!

Maine homeschoolers have worked hard over the years to raise public awareness, gain respect and credibility, build relationships within the legislature and strengthen homeschool freedoms. In recognition of the value and importance of home education, Maine Governors have designated one week each spring as Maine Home Education Week. Since 1987, Maine homeschoolers have come together during this special week in a variety of ways to celebrate and thank God for the freedoms we enjoy. 


2019 will be no exception! During the week of May 19th - 25th, 2019, homeschoolers will celebrate the 32nd Annual Maine Home Education Week! To mark the occasion, homeschoolers will come together at the Capitol on Wednesday, May 22 for a day of celebration! 





Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019 


Theme: Loyalty


Location: State Capitol in Augusta


Cost: FREE! 


Schedule of Events


Meet Your Legislators: Legislators love to meet their constituents. Contact them to arrange a visit on Capitol Day! Find your Representative HERE.  Find your Senator HERE. Learn more about Visiting with Your Legislator


Capitol Tours and Museum Classes - 9:00am - 3:00pm. Pre-registration is required. Pre-registration opens on April 1. Please check back to pre-register online on April 1!


Rally in the State House Hall of Flags: 10:00 - 11:00am (FREE). Featured speaker is Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap.


Recognition of Junior Legislators: During the Rally (To participate in this educational program, purchase a Junior Legislator Learning Unit at the HOME Table or Home Education Week Table during HOME Events, or purchase online. Bring the completed unit checklist to the registration table on Capitol Day to recei ve a badge!)


Additional Activities: Self guided scavenger hunt, exploration of the Maine State Museum (small entrance fee) and lunch on your own. 


State House Directions and Parking 


More Home Education Week Activities


Celebrate Maine Home Education Week every year in your own community, too. Find ways to celebrate and be visible throughout the designated week. The following is just a sampling of activities that could be planned especially for Home Education Week within individual support groups and families:


  • Wear a homeschool t-shirt, sticker or button wherever you go during Home Education Week.
  • Have a potluck meal of thanksgiving with other homeschooling families.
  • Bake a celebration cake!
  • Plan a local field trip with a few families or your support group.
  • Arrange for a homeschooling display at your local library.
  • Visit a nursing home.
  • Bring a new homeschooler to visit the HOME Office.
  • Find ways to volunteer in your community.
  • Plan a fundraiser to raise money for your support group or for HOME.
  • Buy a copy of Homeschool Heroes and read it to your family! Copies are available at the HOME Office.


No matter how you choose to celebrate during Maine Home Education Week, please take time to give thanks and glory to God for the very precious freedoms we have to teach our children at home. Without continued prayer, vigilance and a strong homeschool presence within each Maine community, our blessings of freedom could be easily taken away. Take pride in what you do, and enjoy your well-deserved week of recognition! 


2017 Capitol Tours and Maine State Museum Classes (2019 Coming Soon!) )

Ongoing throughout the day from 9:00am - 3:00pm. Museum classes meet at the Maine State Museum in the lobby for class orientation. Capitol tours leave from the Capitol Visitor's Center just past security.


Each class has limited space, so pre-registration is required.  

Register online below. 


The Formation of Rocks and Minerals

Participants examine significant rock and mineral specimens found in Maine. Emphasis is placed on the formation, identification and historic uses of these rocks and minerals.
9:00am-9:30am (Grades 4-12)

Life Under a Log

In this program, participants examine characteristics of specific reptiles and amphibians found in Maine. They are encouraged to compare and contrast these characteristics to those of other Maine animals.
9:00am-9:30am (Grades K-6)

State House Tour


Landing the Lobster

Participants learn about the early history of the lobster industry and discuss the techniques and economic significance of lobstering in Maine today. We also take a closer look at the lobster's anatomy and life cycle.
9:30am-10:00am (Grades 4-12)

Farming throughout Maine's Past

Participants will compare and contrast farming techniques of early settlers and Native Americans. Emphasis is placed on identifying and understanding the uses of early farm tools.
11:00am-11:30am (Grades K-6)

Logging Camps, River Drives, Sawmills

Participants will explore what life was like in a 19th-century Maine logging camp, discover the dangers of river drives, and follow the logs onto the Lion – the nation's 8th oldest locomotive, then into the sawmill.
11:00am-11:30am (Grades 3-12;Adult)

State House Tour


Wool Carding

This program focuses on the processes involved in the preparation of woolen yarn. Using hand cards, students will have an opportunity to card wool and then to begin spinning it into yarn.
11:30am-12:00pm (Grades K-6)

Flintlock Muskets and the Revolutionary War

Participants examine the workings of a flintlock musket. They are led in a discussion of Revolutionary War battle strategy and will have an opportunity to simulate loading a flintlock musket.
12:30pm-1pm (Grades 4-12)

Life in a Tide Pool

This program provides an opportunity for students to examine some of the inhabitants of a tidal pool using preserved specimens and the coastal scene of the Back to Nature exhibit.
1:00pm-1:30pm (Grades K-8)

Ice Harvesting on the Kennebec

Participants are introduced to the history and tools of ice harvesting as it was undertaken on Maine rivers. We will also discuss the economic significance of one of Maine's most successful 19th century businesses.
1:00pm-1:30pm (Grades 4-12; Adult)

Mammals Large and Small

Participants discuss the characteristics that define a mammal. They then using actual mammal fur specimens the participants are led on an exploration of how these characteristics are different and similar to other animals in Maine.
1:30pm-2:00pm (Grades K-8)

Sail Making & the Story of the ST MARY

This program examines the techniques and history of sail making and shipbuilding in Maine. Participants have an opportunity to try their hand at sewing sails while they discover the story of the ST MARY, one of the two last wooden square rigged sailing ships built in North America.
1:30pm-2:00pm (Grades 3-12; Hands – on!)




Home Education Week Proclamation
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