Field trips will increase knowledge and hopefully supplement your child's curriculum. It has been proven that children not only learn more but retain more through hands-on experiences. You can make your field trips more effective by coordinating lessons plans, adding a scavenger hunt, discussion or having your child journal the experience.
Things to consider when planning a field trip
- Choose field trip activities that are affordable for your entire group.
- Outline the educational purpose of your trip.
- Check on restrictions such as age, clothing, strollers, food, etc.
- Ask yourself:
- How will this trip enhance your curriculum?
- What will the students do on the trip?
- What will they learn?
Fun field trip ideas
- Head to the museum. This is the obvious choice for a field trip but be sure to check all local museums. Smaller, often forgotten city museums can turn out to be the best field trips.
- Visit a farm. Many farms offer seasonal activities, such as fruit picking and baby animal feeding! Find a farm at pickyourown.org.
- Learn about science at a greenhouse. Many greenhouses will put together a science lesson and allow students to plant their own flower or seeds.
- Visit the planetarium. This is our field trip for the month!
- Head to Whole Foods for a free walking tour or call to see if your local grocer will host a tour.
- Go behind the scenes. Take a tour of your local post office or newspaper factory.
- Check your area for visiting educational programs such as slimgoodbody.com.
- Visit a National Park. Find your state's parks at nationalparks.org or take an online electronic field trip.
- Enjoy nature activities for the whole family. Get ideas from plt.org.
- Visit your local bakery. Some bakeries will allow children to decorate their own mini cake or cupcake!
- Try a learning "service" opportunity such as Habitat for Humanity, serving in a soup kitchen or reading books to the elderly.
- Visit your pet store! Petco offers a Fur, Feathers & Fins guided tour along with online or in-store curriculum that leads children in discussion through six unique lessons.
- Ask about special homeschool days. If you live in an area with an amusement park, contact them to learn about field trips or homeschool days. Disney World offers a fantastic educational program called Disney Homeschool Days.
- Learn about your community through its people… set up a short Q&A with local craftsmen, grandparents, store owners etc.
- Attend a concert or visit your local orchestra.
- Take a photo walk with your blooming photographers.
- Visit your local pizza place for a scheduled tour and pizza making.
Good planning and organization will ensure a fun and successful trip. The world is your classroom! Get creative, fill the year with discoveries and make memories with your children on their next field trip!
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