With all the craziness with the most current election, I opted NOT to follow it in our homeschool. There was frankly way too much being brought up that I wasn’t comfortable exposing my kids to. Yet, given the climate, I felt we should do some kind of Government study. Since the Federal Government was going to be off-limits for now, the logical place to start was local.
This gave me a great response for when I asked by others why we weren’t following the presidential election. “Oh, we’re starting with local government.”
Anyway, I contacted my local City Hall in Redwood City. They were absolutely great and penned us in for a tour. We arrived bang on time, and were met by the Deputy City Manager.
He took us into the council room, and since there were only two kids, the girls got to sit in the Mayor’s chair!
Now THAT was exciting! The girls learned a lot about our city and it’s charter. They even got to see minutes that were taken over one hundred years ago.
This brought home the idea that we should have nice handwriting; you never know who is going to come along in a century or so and read what you have left behind.
In all, I think it was a very worthwhile field trip and am very thankful to Alex and the rest of the people in City Hall for their time and willingness to share their knowledge.