Summer Field Trips = Learning

field tripsDon’t you just love the summer time? I sure do! I enjoy the freedom we have to do a little more “sight seeing.” In fact, each year we make it a goal that we see something new and interesting. Often, these events are historically based. This can really come in handy for the homeschool family. You see, you can always count days that are spent on field trips as learning days. To make the most of your experience try these three tips.

1)Prepare the kiddos in advance. If it is some pretty significant place you might want to take a little time before you visit to read some books about the history behind that location. You may also want to use it as a springboard for a unit study. You can have loads of fun creating free wordsearch puzzles and even unscramble games.

2) Take your time while you are there. If you see things that you studied about – be sure to point out their significance. Ask your kiddos questions, and allow them to take it all in at their own pace.

3) Finally, when you return home take a day to remember the amazing things that you saw. It’s always great to use these events as creative writing prompts. My kids always write profusely when we return from field trips.

Making Great Field Trips

Great field trips can be a boon to any homeschool education. We know it is a proven fact that students retain more when they experience the understanding and can make lasting memories of the event. The facts surrounding the event are assimilated and applied in the student’s mind. In fact, you can use a field trip to help you teach almost anything from learning to read, to mathematical principles. Memorizing facts for testing just doesn’t cut it, but field tripping for learning can make an extreme difference. Here are a few tips to remember when planning an unforgetable field trip.

1) Keep your group small

2) Do pre trip activities by viewing documentaries, reading a book, having a discussion.

3) Plan to use a guide

4) Go during off season times to beat the crowds and make it more affordable

5) Choose hands on venues where students can get all of their senses involved.