Just because you are home schooling your children does not mean that you cannot go on field trips. In fact, it can be much easier to go on field trips and get more out of them than if you were in a larger group. Today, we share some great ideas for getting the most out of home school field trips and how they can become an important part of home schooling.
Where to Go?
Field trips are always a fun part of school, something both the teachers and the students look forward to. A break from the usual routine is always a welcome change and makes learning fun. When it comes to careers, we always say “love what you do and you won’t work a day of your life”. The same can be applied to school, when learning is fun, not only is it easier for kids, but they are much more likely to absorb the information when they are open to it. With that in mind, an increased field trip curriculum can go a long way to assisting with comprehension and learning. The usual field trip spots like museums and science learning centers are excellent stand by choices and should definitely be on the agenda. Why not add more places that you might not think of as regular school field trip choices. Look into some of the places in your area that people may visit when they are vacationing. Most of these tourist attractions have an educational aspect to them and can make a fun and exciting educational field trip. Local attractions can include the zoo, national parks, historic locations that offer tours, and even the beach. Why not get in touch with nature and plan a field trip that can cover lesson plans on science, nature, weather, conservation and more. Nature field trips can be a trip to a local farm, a park, hiking, beaches, lakes, or water ways, even camping for an extended field trip vacation for the family can be a great learning experience and make some fond memories at the same time. Thinking outside the box for educational field trip ideas might bring you to a grocery store to learn about food, nutrition, distribution, displays, pricing, and any other number of interesting topics. Many grocery stores offer educational tours that can fill in quite a few different requirements for home school education curriculum calendars. Check with local businesses to see if they also offer this type of tour. Learning about how a business operates behind the scenes can be a great educational experience.
Who Can Go?
Since it is likely just you and your children it can be easier to coordinate an impromptu or easy field trip without the need for accommodating any schedules or permission slips and other red tape. Going on field trips on your own can allow you to incorporate more excursions that cover different lessons that do not necessarily have to be learned in a class room environment. A home school field trip can be a great way to plan a day with family or friends. Since you are in charge, you can make the rules and invite the guests you would like to go with. However, home school field trips do not necessarily have to be on your own. You can organize a group trip with other home schooling parents or any of the home school groups in your area. Going together as a group not only allows for the children to interact together, but can get you discounted group rates at any of the attractions that have an entrance fee. Some of the locations with a tour or educational component may only be able to accommodate groups, so if that is the case, then those trips are the best ones to coordinate with a group.
What to Learn?
Whether you are planning a conventional field trip to a museum or an unconventional trip to an unusual destination for field trips, it is important to plan ahead of time. Since the children will likely be much more excited and receptive to topics surrounding trips, it is a good idea to bring in additional lesson plans that can coordinate or are related to the topics covered on the field trip. The reading assignments the week before and the week after a trip can all be connected to the same topic and other curriculum plans can be on the same subject. When you take some time to research ahead of time, you will likely find other ways that the field trip subject matter can be incorporated into other aspects of your lesson plans. Teach your children to plan ahead of time as well by supplying them with information on what they will see on the trip and supply questions or talking points so that they will know what to pay careful attention to.
What are your feelings about homeschool field trips? Do you go on more or less field trips than traditional school classes?
Bio: Amanda Greene is blogger and Brand Manager for RHL, leading online supplier of dorm essentials.
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