One of the highlights of the week was are very first official fieldtrip of the school year. I have to apologize up front for the excessive amount of photos. This is actually a slimmed down version from what I actually took. I'll keep my comments to a minimum to compensate.
We took a trip to our county GOP for a civics class. By the way, I didn't dress my boys in the same type of shirt on purpose...actually I didn't even notice it until just now.
G9 got us started by leading us in the Pledge of Allegiance.
Mrs. Kim King is running for state representative and led the presentation to our group, which included about 30 K-5 homeschool students.
To demonstrate how a bill is passed, first a governor was chosen from the audience.
The kids were divided in half. One side represented the Senate and the other represented the House of Representatives.
My E6 had a lot to say.
Once a proposed bill passed through the House and the Senate, it was signed into law by the governor. As a side note..I thought it rather funny that the two laws that were proposed by the presenters were "To serve only pizza everyday in school cafeterias" and "The only subject in schools should be recess all day". Apparently, this has gone over well with the public school children when they had done this presentation before. However, the home school students were adamant in their opposition to both of these "bills"! They were all bringing up all sorts of insightful comments as to why they shouldn't "pass" them. Some of my favorites were...
"What if someone is allergic to pizza?" and
"If students only have recess, they won't have enough education. Then they won't be successful in life." (This student was probably in 2nd grade.)
For the sake of the presentation the parents had to coerce them into voting "yes". They VERY reluctantly agreed.
Our state flag.
My A8 was chosen to wear a Derby hat as the lesson continued on to discuss Kentucky traditions.
E6 was chosen to be a jockey.
The jockeys with their trainers paraded around to the tune of "My Old Kentucky Home" mimicking the Derby pre-event.
Ladies in Derby hats and gentlemen in ties clapped for their favorite horses.
G9 (in the tie) looked just like his Daddy. :o)
Here's the whole group! Fun day!