Six families from our Homeschool Coop drove to Oklahoma City today for Homeschool Capitol Day. It was one of the funnest field trips ever!
We left at 6:45 this morning so that we could get to the Capitol by 9:00 a.m. for the House and Senate Sessions. Each meeting took time to recognize all of the homeschooling families in attendance.
And we had an extra special treat ... one of our moms' brothers is the new Senator in our district. He was so very accommodating to us! He met with us in his office after the meeting and had his assistant take us on a personal tour of the Capitol.
I had prepared a scavenger hunt for the kids to do, in an attempt to keep the younger kids engaged (all that art and "big people stuff" can get boring to little ones fast!) I just chose two pieces of art from each floor for the kids to locate, giving clues to find them. Then for "bonus" they were to see how many times they could find various state symbols, like the flag, seal, bird and wildflower. It was really cool because the Senator's assistant asked me if he could have one of the scavenger hunt sheets and he made sure we hit the parts of the Capitol that had those items.
After our tour we met back up with Senator Brinkley and he took us down to the Senate floor and to the Senator's lounge. We even got to step in and see the Governor's office!
We were so well-taken care of and felt so honored to be there! And the kids were amazing! I was so proud of all of them!
We left the Capitol around noon and headed down historic Route 66 to have lunch at Pops, an iconic restaurant that reminds you of something you would see on the movie Cars. They have hundreds of unique bottled sodas for you to choose from to drink with your dinner. Brynne had a hot dog and I had the yummiest turkey burger. It was a really fun place to visit!
The kids had such a great time, but I think the moms had the most fun of all. We all said that we thought it was great that our kids could come on our field trip with us.
I highly recommend that you visit your state Capitol if you get the opportunity. Contact your state representatives from your district and have them show you around! Do a little mini-study of your state and its' symbols to engage your children.
I know that this trip was a stepping-off point for many studies about our state. And I know that it will be something Brynne never forgets!
I know I never will!