Kindergartners ventured to Lansing Michigan to visit Michigan’s exquisite and historic Capitol building!
Our knowledgeable tour guide, Mr. Benson greeted us warmly then gave us advice for Capitol Building tour etiquette. Walking in a straight line and on the right side of the hall was a bit of a foreign affair for us SKers.
We were told that one goal the original architects and construction workers had for designing the Capitol building was for it to be "beautiful", and it is! The floor tiles were embedded with fossils as evidenced by the prehistoric discoveries made by the children as they rested upon them.
(Above) Photograph of the "Michigan Senate." Evan's Dad is on the top right!
The Capitol Rotunda is a very busy, multipurpose space -sort of like our Atrium.
The Senate Chamber was all abuzz with activity!
Our class was able to stand on the actual Senate floor and vote “yea” or “nay” after a rap of the official gavel by Evan. We also admired the glass ceiling panels that depict each of the 50 states. Michigan's seal stood proudly front and center!
Another highlight of our trip included meeting former Detroit Lions Running Back and Heisman Trophy winner, Billy Sims. He stopped and chatted with us and taught us all the famous “Heisman Trophy Pose.” (I wonder if Evan's Dad ever played football? He has that stance down pat!) I was thrilled to also bump into my friends' son, Samuel (below, center) who also works at the Capitol Building!
|We're Number 1 ! ! !|
Further on into our tour, we admired the doors of the Governor's office that include detailed embellishments on its brass door hinges. Images of a deer (reflective of Michigan wildlife) were also seen throughout the whole building's interior i.e. on chandeliers, sort of like hidden Mickeys!
(Below, details of the Governor's beautiful office)
The (Supreme Court) room where it happens!
Our trip to Lansing culminated with a visit to Impression 5 Science Center. After eating our yummy sack lunches, we segued from walking in "straight lines to the right" to the free form exploring of many scientific activity stations.
Some stations included being able to create and fly models of paper airplanes, flinging balls toward instruments using a trebuchet, observing specimen of Michigan wildlife in a resource room, and engulfing ourselves in giant bubble wands. Some Ks even chose to just sit and serenade us with lovely music while the rest of us frolicked.
Even the rest rooms with cascading trough sinks made a lasting impression!
And what did we do on the very long bus ride to and from Lansing? Finger knit, of course!
During our Capitol tour, we were told by our docent that at one point in time (and even now), there were not enough offices for all of the 110 State Representatives who arrived in town to work. Thursday’s Math class included problem solving in two groups. We used our counting, sorting, division, and logical thinking skills to house them all into the Capitol’s limited rooms.
A very special thank you to Evan's Dad for arranging such an informative trip, and thanks to Evan's Mom and Teacher Donna for taking such beautiful pictures! I would also like to thank all of our parent chaperones who managed to (amazingly) dodge most of the pictures!