Sometimes students (and teachers) get the mid-winter blahs.
Maybe things got a little crazy after Thanksgiving as you tried to find time for school and holidays. Excited students have trouble focusing. Then after Christmas it can take a while to get back on schedule.
A field trip can be just the change of pace you need to rejuvenate your enthusiasm, and Spring is a great time of year to take one! No crowds. Pleasant weather.
One terrific field trip that I can highly recommend is
Capitol Days in Austin
sponsored by the Texas Home School Coalition.
This years Capitol Days are March 3, April 6, or May 3. Since March 2 is Texas Independence Day, the first date would be my pick.
No matter when you go, your students will meet congressional aides and lobbyists about how our government works. They’ll hear about current issues that concern Texas families, and they’ll role play to understand how citizens can express their concerns appropriately. Then in the afternoon they’ll have an opportunity to tour the Capitol building and meet their representatives face to face. If possible, plan a little extra time to experience the Bob Bullock Museum, just a few blocks north of the Capitol.
Space is limited, so sign up early for the date of your choice. I have participated in this event several times with my own children and with co-op classes, and it is well worth the effort.