How to Plan Successful Homeschool Field Trips
Field trips allow children of all grade levels to get away from the classroom to learn in more exciting environments. Public and private schools plan a few field trips throughout the year to supplement classroom lessons, but you have an advantage as a homeschooling family. You can plan more homeschool field trips throughout the year and tailor them to the interests and struggles of your child.
If your child struggles to understand a lesson, a field trip may provide a fresh perspective that helps them understand certain concepts. If your child has a passion for a particular subject, regular field trips will help them explore that subject in new ways. These trips allow children to escape the daily routine and venture out into the world, but they also give you fresh ideas for lesson plans, experiments, and classroom projects.
These trips are essential to the learning
process, but they are also a lot of fun. It is one thing to read a book or do a
project on a small scale at home. It is another thing entirely to see what
those books are talking about in the real world and see those projects at work
on a larger scale.
Homeschool Field Trip Selection and Planning
Every field trip you take should correlate to a lesson you are currently teaching. Research all cities within a reasonable distance from your home and make a list of all museums, state and national parks, aquariums, and galleries that may apply to your child’s studies now or in the future. As you develop new lesson plans for your child, add to this list.
Once you find a field trip idea that you want to pursue, the planning process begins:
1. Plan lessons to be covered prior to the field trip. This will introduce your child to basic information they need to fully comprehend what they see on the field trip.
2. Plan an activity to be completed during the field trip or generate a list of questions for your child to answer during the trip. This keeps your child focused on what you want them to learn.
3. Plan follow-up lessons to recap everything
your child has learned in the classroom and on the trip.
Keep It Simple
Field trips do not have to be elaborate outings. A hike through a national forest and a picnic is one simple idea that can coordinate with a variety of lessons for all age groups if properly planned.
For instance, it may be important to select the most appropriate entrance into the national forest. There may be a reception center, museum, educational trail, or another feature only found at one area of the forest. It may also be important to visit at a particular time of year to coordinate with particular lessons.
Avoid cramming too much activity into one
outing. It is better for your child to fully explore one location than to
briefly visit three or four locations. Create activities that make the trip
more entertaining. For instance, your child may go on a scavenger hunt when you
visit a museum. You may have to visit the museum ahead of time, but you can
make a list of items to be found in the museum and allow your child to check off
the list during the field trip. Your follow-up lesson may hit on the importance
of each item on the list.
Click here for some information on virtual field trips.
Since field trips are an important part of the homeschooling journey and allow your children to explore career opportunities, I wanted to expand on this and offer career-based homeschool field trip ideas.
As your children get older, they will naturally start to think more about what they want to do with their lives in the future. The more they learn about the career options that catch their attention, the easier it will be for them to determine what they want to do in college and beyond. The more you know about the type of career your child has in mind, the better you can tailor their homeschool studies to those future goals. This is why career-based homeschool field trips are essential.
Just click on a particular career below and you will be taken to that career's page for some field trip ideas.
Career-Based Homeschool Field Trip Ideas:
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