How to Make Field Trips
to Everyday Places Educational
Not much is more fun and deceitfully educational to a child than taking a field trip, which is why it is so important for homeschoolers to experience them. It’s a great way to take a break from the mundane, get out and have fun, but also be incredibly educational. Field trips are a fantastic resource to help your child explore the world around them!
Giving your child real world examples of something you are teaching in school is a great skill. For example, if you’re teaching about sciences, you could visit a science center or museum. It is a great way to bring to life the things your child has been reading on paper! However, you don’t have to travel to the big city or make a special trip out-of-state to take a field trip. Look at all the everyday places in and around your town. You can make these places educational as well!
Let’s open our eyes to the simple field trips that don’t take hours to set up and go. These simple trips will last your child a lifetime! For example, if you’re teaching about settlers, visit a farm to study how settlers grew food as well as the foods they ate.
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Homeschool Field Trip to Everyday Places
The park is a wonderful place to get out and explore. You and your children can discover bugs, name the parts of a plant, learn about flowers and trees and more! The park offers an abundance of free resources to teach our children things they will not learn elsewhere. As an added bonus, your kids get to play on the equipment while you take a short break from teaching. You can also take your work with you and read a lesson under a big shade tree, complete school work on park benches, or just relax and show your kids how to see shapes out of clouds.
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I’m a firm believer of the Charlotte Mason method of learning and I believe that you can go pretty much anywhere and make it into a learning experience. Your child can learn about healthy foods, reading and understanding nutritional facts on items, adding up the grocery bill and subtracting savings from coupons. If you have an older child, hand them the calculator to keep track of your budget. When it’s time to pay, allow your older child to handle the transaction as your supervise and offer advice. This is a great way to teach them to budget and stick to it! If you’re also teaching your kids how to cook, have them bring a copy of a recipe to find the ingredients. The grocery store is a pretty awesome place to teach and learn!
If you live near a store that sells musical instruments, this could be fun! You can talk to your child about the different instruments and the sounds they make during school. Then you can go and see them in real life! If you can rent an instrument, it could be fun for your child to try out something new, and you can find free lessons online!
If you live near a coin shop, take your child to learn all the different kinds of currency, see old and new coins, and more! Coin shops are a really fun experience!
If your child is learning about animals, visit a pet store. Many pet stores have bunnies, reptiles, fish, snakes, dogs, cats, birds and possibly more. You can talk about different areas where they originated from or the type of animal they are, what they eat, and more.
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