The purpose of Dirigo HOME is to further the goals of HOME's 20/20 vision by empowering individuals and families to lead the way within the HOME community. Dirigo HOME seeks to 1) impart a knowledge of our Maine history and government, 2) build community, as well as 3) develop and sharpen leadership skills through events, activities, classes, field trips and mentoring opportunities.
Visit to the State House Complex
As part of HOME's Bicentennial programming, we've planned a day for homeschool families to learn more about our state government. Come for a day of activities and a chance to meet and talk with Maine legislators!
Families will have a guided tour of the State House, including the Hall of Flags and the House and Senate chambers, and there will be a detailed history lesson about the building as we go. We'll also learn all about the process of creating a Maine law.
In addition, we'll tour the Maine State Archives to learn about the necessity of a state archive and the different types of records kept there. The archivists will display and explain examples of Native American holdings, those pertaining to the Maine Constitution and the Civil War, and tailor questions to your region of the state.
Maine Legislators will be ready to meet with us at the end of our day, so be prepared to ask them some great questions!
Date: January 16, 2020
Time: 9:30am - 2:00pm
Location and Parking: Maine State House Complex, Augusta
Cost: $2 per student (includes all programs in the schedule below). Space is limited. Please pre-register below, no later than January 9. Receive a free HOME Junior Legislator ebook when you register!
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
9:30am - 9:45am - Meet in the Maine State Museum Lobby
10:00am - 12:00pm - Group Tours
12:00 - 12:45pm - Lunch at Cross Cafe' (Purchase lunch there or bring a sack lunch.)
1:00 - 1:45pm - Q & A with Maine Legislators
2:00pm - Visit the Maine State Museum on your own or depart for home!
"Lead the Way HOME" 2020 Convention 2020 - The most exciting Maine homeschool event ever!
Watch for more details to come! This very special event, celebrating both HOME's 30th year of ministry and Maine's bicentennial year, will be held at the Samoset Resort, March 19 -21, 2020. Our focus will be homeschooling (of course!), building community, and our great state! Some of the many activities planned include:
Legislative Education Days
Legislative Education Days are for the whole family. These interactive events include special guest speakers and fun student activities to augment your Maine or civics studies. Learn how each one of us can make a difference in preserving homeschool freedoms in Maine! Contact HOME to schedule a legislative Education Day for homeschool families in your area.
HOME Convention Teen Track
Each year during the Annual HOME Convention, teens are encouraged to participate in fun-filled, action packed workshop sessions designed with their unique needs and interests in mind. Topics vary from year to year, and may include health, safety, relationships, character, careers, government and civics, just to name a few! The 2020 program will focus on Maine STEM and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard!
Dinner or Dessert with Friends
Homeschool families are busy with many responsibilities. To keep our homeschool community vibrant, however, we all need time to connect, share ideas and socialize. Opportunities are scheduled in different parts of the state throughout the year to bring homeschool families and leaders together, share HOME with others and broaden our reach through community. Please consider hosting a gathering in your area. We would love to get acquainted with you, your group and others in your part of the state! Contact the HOME Office for more information.