What are some good ideas for a homeschooler’s field trips?
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~Historical sights – especially when they have reenactments going on/dress up times (Williamsburg rents costumes for the kiddos)
~ Nursing Homes
~ The Hospital/Doctor/Dentist
~ The Grocery store (especially if you talk to someone and go behind the scenes)
~ a neighbors/friends homestead/hobby farm
~ the Dairy
~ The Bakery
The list really is endless -it’s all in how you view life. There are things to be learned everywhere and everyday. And really with Kindergarten there is no need for a “formal” field trip just point out life as you go, use the opportunites daily that are on hand, do nature walks, etc.
Some of the places we have gone on field trips to are:
The aquarium, the zoo, the museum, the children’s museum (two different ones, actually), IMAX theater, serpentarium, another reptile museum aside from the serpentarium, various plantations and historic sites near our home (we live near history-rich Charleston, South Carolina).
Our trips to the post office, grocery store, etc. end up being field trips at times. The children will ask a question and we will find the answer. Often we get a behind the scenes tour that we did not plan on, but come away knowing a lot more.
Our vacations turned into field trips of sorts. We went to Disney a couple of years ago and my daughter wrote a report about the experience. Epcot offered many educational opportunities. We also visited NASA and watched a shuttle launch. Last summer, we visited DC and NYC with visits to the White House, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, National Zoo, our first subway ride in DC and in NYC the Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, World Trade Center site, etc.
Trips to doctors appointments, the veterinary clinic, ANYWHERE can be a learning experience. There is no limitation. Children learn best HANDS ON. You can tell them about something, but if they are there seeing it in person it is much more meaningful to them.
Field trips with a homeschool support group or co op are wonderful. We’ve been to so many great ones – a ranch, a mountain man exhibit, nature centers, museums, even a tour of the life-flight (airlift ambulance) at a local hospital.
There are tons of things out there – have your mom check for homeschool groups in the area and find one that fits your family. There are tons of things to be involved in!
Often school groups take field trips to the local firehouse, police station, hospital. Call ahead and ask if you can bring your sister for a tour.
Check with your local parks and recreation dept. and see if there are field trips offered for homeschoolers. They may also have gym, art or music classes available.
There are many things you can do for field trips Trips to zooes, musuems, old historic places.. so many places, and when you get in touch with one of those organizations that shows you HOW to home school, that have a whole bunch of information right there for you , so you dont have to go it alone. They are experts and boy you can learn so much. I have friends that did this and say they wouldnt reccoment home schooling without this help. Type in Home Schooling and see what comes up. And I will be praying that those who knows this already will see your question and tell you directly just where to go to do it right. and only in the way God says to do it. God bless you. Best decision your mom will ever make. The day I took my kids out of public schools, two of their teachers who happened to be Christian said to me, best decision you ever made. I said WHY DO YOU STAY HERE< WHY DONT YOU GO TO CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS?? they said that would be so easy, and many Christians do that. the public has no idea of just how bad it is. Kids dont bring it all home for open discussion, believe me. The longer my kids were out, the more I learned. But, their teachers response is they hate it and at times barley hang on, but they stay cuz a few must stay to help the kids, and they stay because God loves them and they love them. Lets all pray for our Christian teachers in these schools. Its not easy. PRAY PRAY PRAY
Kid Friendly Museums
Fire Station (call first, most will give you a tour/lecture)
Nursing Home (give flowers or cards to residents)
post office (call first, if you get a group of homeschoolers you might get a tour)
environmental centers (call)
water treatment plants (call)
When you can, get other homeschoolers to go with you.
If this list doesn’t sound specific enough, its because you didn’t say what area you live in. I can’t say “Go to such and such museum on this street” if I don’t know what town you are in.
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