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!
CAPITOL DAY EVENT INFORMATION
Date: Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Location: State Capitol in Augusta
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:
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!
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.
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)
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
9:00am-9:30am (Grades K-6)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
12:30pm-1pm (Grades 4-12)
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)
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
1:00pm-1:30pm (Grades 4-12; Adult)
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)
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!)
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