A Celebration of Homeschool Freedom in Arizona!

Arizona homeschool families enjoy one of the best homeschool laws in the nation, affording us the liberty to teach our children at home in ways that work best for each individual child.

Homeschool Day at the Capitol, hosted by AFHE every couple of years, is a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate the freedom we enjoy in directing our children’s education. It’s a great reminder of the importance of protecting the freedom we currently enjoy to  homeschool with the least restrictive regulations possible. Legislators and elected officials get the opportunity to interact with a growing constituency of families dedicated to their children’s well being and quality of education. What a beautiful testimony to the success of parent-led, privately funded home education!

This is a family event for parents and children of all ages, homeschool graduates, and grandparents, too! Attendees will enjoy a number of performances by homeschooled students, sing patriotic songs together, and hear several special guest speakers. Free of charge.

Mark your calendars and make plans to join us! Additional details will be added as they become available.

QUESTIONS: events@afhe.org

Monday, April 23, 2018

10:00 – 11:30 AM
Arizona State Capitol

House Lawn
1700 W. Washington Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

Schedule Overview

9:30 – 10:00 AM     Check in and get seated
10:00 – 11:30 AM     Homeschool Day at the Capitol program
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM     Picnic lunch on the lawn (bring your own picnic)

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WHAT TO BRING

This event will take place outdoors on the lawn in front of the House building. This is not a shady area. We encourage you to bring the following items to enhance your experience:

  • Camp chairs or blanket for you and your family to sit on
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Picnic lunch
  • Bring a picnic lunch to enjoy following the program, if you’d like. It’s a great opportunity to stay and fellowship with other homeschool families.

NOTE: If you bring an umbrella to protect you from the sun, please sit in the back to avoid blocking others from being able to see.

Do NOT bring:

  • Pets
  • Air horns
  • Weapons
WHAT TO WEAR

We encourage all attendees to dress in a modest, clean, appropriate manner. We will be representing home education and the homeschool community at the State Capitol as we interact with a number of legislators and elected officials. We want to honor the men and women who serve at the Capitol with a respectful demeanor and attire. Business casual is a good approach.

RED, WHITE, & BLUE: You are welcome to wear patriotic colors for this fun celebration, if you like.

Please do not wear short shorts, midriff-revealing tops, or other clothing of that nature.

SAFETY

Please be aware that we will be in a downtown Phoenix location with busy streets surrounding the area where we’ll be. You are responsible for your children’s safety and well-being at Homeschool Day at the Capitol.

We have hosted this event at the State Capitol numerous times over the years and the Capitol has events on the lawn on a daily basis. We do not have reason to be concerned. However, we want to be wise, avoiding any issues that could potentially arise, and being mindful of our surroundings.

Parents should accompany their children to the restroom and to and from the parking lot.

As a group, we set the tone for our event. We expect to have a fun, safe morning enjoy the beautiful Arizona weather and our lovely State Capitol grounds.

PARKING

There are a number of parking lots around the State Capitol building, including a couple of free lots.

CAPITOL MALL MAP 

We will be on the House Lawn on 17th Avenue in from of the House of Representatives (building #4 on the Capitol Mall Map). Look for open parking noted with an O on the map.

You might consider carpooling to maximize available parking.

Please check back. More details will be published here as they become available.

AFHE is creating a week-long unit study for families with students of all ages to enjoy together. This interactive, fun, and engaging unit study will cover information about the Arizona State Capitol, the three branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, and more. It includes Bible, vocabulary, literature, crafts, enrichment activities, cooking, music, writing, drama, and links to videos to watch.

Sign up for the AFHE email list to be notified when the unit study is ready!

MEMBERSHIP HAS ITS BENEFITS: AFHE Members will be able to purchase this great unit study for just $5. (Non-members $15)

FREE PRINTABLE: We’ll have a free activity sheet that everyone can download and enjoy, too.

In preparation for Homeschool Day at the Capitol, we encourage all Arizona homeschool students to write your legislators.

Thank them for their service

Whether you agree with their politics or positions or not, this is a great opportunity to simply express gratitude for the men and women who serve our state at the legislature. It’s a great way to represent homeschooling in a positive light and to show them that homeschoolers are respectful, articulate, thoughtful individuals who have chosen a model of education that works.

Let them know you are a constituent

When you write to the legislators in your district, be sure to mention that you are a constituent. They want to know they are hearing from people who live in the area they represent. Sample letter included below.

Invite them to Homeschool Day at the Capitol

Legislators are busy people and they receive many invitations to events on the lawn hosted by groups of all kinds. A personal invitation from a student in their legislative district may be just the invitation to inspire them to take a few minutes out of their busy day to stop down and meet homeschooling families who are gathering to celebrate freedom at the Capitol.

SAMPLE LETTER TO LEGISLATORS

Below is a sample letter to give you some ideas. Use your own words and feel free to change up the order of things. We don’t want legislators to receive what could seem like a form letter, but rather share this sample to give you a place to start and some talking point ideas. Thank you for joining us in showing appreciation to our legislators and for demonstrating what a wonderful and successful model of education homeschooling can be!

SAMPLE LETTER TO GIVE YOU INSPIRATION

Dear Represenatative / Senator __[last name]__,

My name is ____ and I am ___ years old. I live in __[city]__ and I am writing to thank you for your service to our community and state.

I am one of the more than 35,000 students being homeschooled in Arizona. I love homeschooling because ___. I appreciate the sacrifice my parents make to teach me at home.

On Monday, April 23, 2018, we will be at the Arizona State Capitol on the House Lawn for Homeschool Day at the Capitol. I’d like to invite you as my state __[representative / senator]__ to join us as we celebrate homeschool freedom and patriotism with hundreds of other moms, dads, children, and teens from across the state.. Stop down between 10:00 and 11:30 am to enjoy some of the special presentations, singing of patriotic songs, and guest speakers with us. Learn more at afhe.org/capitol-day.

Thank you again for the work you do as a legislator in Arizona. Your service is appreciated.

[your signature; include your age if you like also]

 

 

 

Following AFHE’s Homeschool Day event (or at another time), there are a number of opportunities your family might enjoy.

Self-Guided Tour of the Capitol Building Exhibits and Museum

Families can tour the Capitol building exhibits and Arizona Capitol Museum on your own between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. (Note, the north wings of the 2nd and 3rd floors are only accessible when on a reserved, guided tour)
CURRENT EXHIBITS:  azlibrary.gov/azcm/exhibits


Tour the House and/or Senate Buildings

Tour the current House of Representatives and/or the Senate buildings by contacting your Representative or Senator for a tour.
CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR: azleg.gov/alisStaticPages/HowToContactMember.asp

Sit in on House or Senate Proceedings

Sit in on the proceedings in the House or Senate following the Homeschool Day at the Capitol program. Check in with the security guard at each legislative session.
SCHEDULE OF PROCEEDINGS: azleg.gov (Under either Senate or House click on Weekly Schedule.)

Get Involved in the Legislative Process

At the State Capitol, you can register at the Request to Speak kiosk in the Senate or House of Representatives buildings. Once you are registered, Request to Speak is a system that allows citizens to use the Internet to submit their opinion on any bill pending in the Arizona Legislature. You need to register at one of the kiosks at the State Capitol and then you can track bills online at home and register your position for or against a particular bill.

Guided Tours

We are working on getting a couple of tour times set up for families who are interested in a guided tour of the Capitol to be able to sign up for a spot. Check back here. We’ll post details once we know more.

Explore the Capitol

Additional information can be found on the Secretary of State’s webpage
EXPLORE THE CAPITOL

Enjoy Downtown after Capitol Day!

While you’re in town for AFHE’s Homeschool Day at the Capitol, make a day of it and enjoy one of the great museums or activities in the Downtown Phoenix area!

Note, several downtown area museums are closed on Mondays and so we have not included those venues in this list.

Arizona Science Center

600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, 85004
Hours: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
WEBSITE: azscience.org

Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, 85004
Hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
WEBSITE: heard.org 

Maricopa County Justice Museum & Learning Center

125 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 85003
Hours: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
WEBSITE: justicemuseum.org
SCHEDULE A GROUP TOUR: tours.justicemuseumphx@gmail.com

Phoenix Historic Jail

125 W. Washington Street, Phoenix, 85003
Free museum and tour Monday-Thursday 12:00-1:30 pm

Phoenix Police Museum

Northeast corner of 2nd Ave and Jefferson
Historic City Hall, 1st floor, Phoenix, 85003
WEBSITE: phoenixpolicemuseum.org
PHONE: 602-534-7278

Wells Fargo History Museum

145 W. Adams Street, Phoenix, 85003
Visit at your leisure or book a guided tour 602-378-1852
WEBSITE: wellsfargohistory.com/museums/phoenix