Educational Homeschooling field trips can vary from a fun picnic outing to organized large co-op groups going on tours of factories, businesses or state capitals. Taking kids on expeditions can be fun, exciting and a valuable learning experience.
Trips to natural settings are obvious supplements to most any science study. We live in the country so our natural surroundings provide plenty of science study. But if you live in the city you can simply walk down the street and you will find nature. Bring a book on clouds and determine what types of clouds you see. Apologia has a great nature books. I remember taking the Botany book with us on one trip and ended up in a parking lot discussing and inspecting leaves.
Go to a town park and check out the bugs and take examples of local flora, watch the birds. Be sure of any park rules if you will be collecting samples! Some areas may prohibit picking flowers or plants.
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Look for visitor centers with area information and scheduled educational talks and or classes.
These examples represent what is available in our area. Be creative and find what is available to you.
Museums are great for learning more about history and seeing artifacts
and information about certain time eras. Get on the mailing list of any
museums in your area. They will often have special events and some of
these may be of interest to your family or may supplement something you
are already studying.
homeschooling field trips
I personally can spend HOURS in a museum. I love wandering around reading every little sign and visiting every corner of any museum. However.... I have sons.... they are not as enamored as I am.
They like going... they have fun... but the interest level will fall off if I try to spend too much time. If your museum offers tours, I'd suggest giving it a try. Often the stories of tour guides are able to keep the interest of students who may not have a long attention span. If you have a good guide it can make all the difference. Sometimes these tour guides will be volunteers who really have a passion for the topic. They can spread their enthusiasm!
When taking younger elementary age students on a field trip there are
some things to consider. Be sure that the destination is child friendly.
Think ahead about the youngest members of your group. Many times
homeschooling field trips will involve children of all ages, which is a
good thing. It is one of the benefits of homeschooling. However if there
are very young children, be sure where you are going is appropriate.
For example we once went on a field trip to a local newspaper. They specifically requested no children under the age of 5. The machinery is dangerous if a little one should slip away.
And remember they may not get just what you think they should get out of the trip. It's ok... they are young and will go off on rabbit trails. As long as they are exploring let them.
Middle and High school students can gain much from well organized and planned field trips. These can be aimed specifically at their strengths or interests. It would be especially effective if you can arrange a career day with someone in a chosen field of work. Spending a day or better yet a few days can really let your student see what this job is really like.
For instance if you have a son who is a writer, try a field trip to a local newspaper. Get an interview with an actual writer or reporter.
You may want to arrange for your aspiring police officer to ride with a cop. Some communities arrange for students to be able to spend time with a police officer on duty.
Spend a day or a few hours in court. If your student has debating abilities (what teen boy doesn't) he may be considering law. Spend some time seeing what the courtroom is actually like.
I don't know if this would be considered a field trip, but your agriculture guy might want to get a job for a summer on a ranch or farm. Find out just how much work is involved.
Tour a local college. This is great for high school students thinking about college after graduation. Eventually they should actually visit their college of choice but even touring a local college will give them an idea of what a campus is like.
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