As a homeschooling mother of four ranging from preschool through young adult, I know different seasons in homeschooling, where fields trips can be many and when they are scarce. As I look back over my 14 years of homeschooling, I can share with you that the years that I would commit to adding four to six good field trips into our homeschooling year has benefited our studies immensely.
Here is why I feel that field trips are important:
Getting Out of the House
As a natural home bound mom, I can tell you that it is very healthy to get out of the house from time to time for things other than errands or responsibilities that you need to accomplish. I love to add my field trip time with friends, since we seem to struggle to fit in days in our busy schedules and tending to prefer to stay at home. Many times, I have found a field trip to be that refreshment that I needed, somethings without realizing it until after I returned home and feeling better all around.
A Change in Routine
Routines are a wonderful thing and I really can stress the importance of having a routine. However, we can miss some good things that can impact our life, home and family if we are so structured that we do not allow a change of routine for a day once in a while. Children and parents thrive on a change of routine for a short time and field trips are that perfect excuse to accomplishing that and learning together just makes it even better.
Having a Different Teacher
I really love sharing the teaching responsibility sometimes, so a field trip would be a great opportunity to allow someone else to teach my children in an area that they know better than me and can perk their interest, planning ideas for them to learn more later. Making the most of the learning aspect of a field trip, you may want to introduce the focus of where you are going before getting there, but be sure to spend some time afterwards to give your children the opportunity to delve into the ideas that were planted on that field trip.
Excitement Breeds Independent Learning
If you are choosing the right kinds of field trips, children will naturally become excited for getting out of the house, the change of routine and a different teacher will be the perfect breeding conditions for independent learning. A little bit of planning to maximize this will make a field trip worth gold in their learning experience.
Here are some ideas of great learning field trips:
- Nature Centers
- Creation Musuem
- History Museum
- Presidents Homes
- Art Museum
- Local businesses
- Learning how something is made
What was your favorite field trip that you took your family on?
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