Field trips are a fantastic way for kids to learn hands-on and really experience the things they might be reading about in your home school curriculum. With a little creativity and imagination, you could make the world your classroom.
Remember- Homeschooling does not have to be expensive!
Visit Various Libraries.
Libraries have many resources to learn from and great
opportunities to socialize (quietly!). Try not to stick to just your local
library- branch out and explore others! Also be sure to check the libraries’
calendars of events to see if there are any activities for your kids going on
that you might want to take part in. Another hint- check your library for
passes to museums and other attractions. Often times you can get discounts or
free admission to places!
Museums, Aquariums and Zoos.
One of the more obvious trips is to a local museum,
aquarium or zoo. Search what is in your area and state, and what would interest
your kids. Don’t forget some museums, aquariums and zoos offer classes,
activities and special events. If you are feeling creative, put together a
scavenger hunt or other activity. Check websites for discount days, group
discounts or coupons, and as mentioned above, call your local library for
Check with your town’s historical society for lots of
great local historical information. You could search old cemeteries for
gravestones of famous historical figures, learn about landmarks and old
buildings, and so much more. You could find information about a local park or
amusement park and go exploring. Compare photos from years ago to now, and make
a scrapbook showing the difference over time.
Perfect way to get some sun, fresh air and exercise
while learning and having fun! Suggest the kids bring a camera and take turns
taking photos of plants, water, trees, and other things of nature. They can
take notes in a journal, do a scavenger hunt, play Nature Bingo with plants and
animals they see. You could even set up a “waterfall tour” or “covered
bridge tour” if you want to explore in themes. If you want to include art,
have them sketch something that catches their eye.
Visit Your State Capital.
Most state capitals will give tours of the grounds
and building. Sometimes there are events for kids to learn more about
Farms and Sanctuaries.
Take a trek out to local farms and sanctuaries. Not
only can kids get to mingle with animals, but they can talk to employees and
ask questions, take tours, join in activities, and much more. Try visiting a pick-your-own
farm, and pick apples, pumpkins, strawberries and more!
Book Tours of Local Businesses.
Some businesses will take a few minutes out of their
day to talk to kids about their business, whether it is a coffee shop, garden
center or real estate office. Call around and see who would be willing to speak
with your kids for a few minutes (or a group if there is more than one).
Most towns have activities for various age groups. Don’t
forget to check their website regularly for new events and things to do. This includes anything from the arts to sports and beyond!
I hope this gives you a little taste for what is out
there… and I am sure there are a lot more ideas not listed! If you have any
to add to the list, please drop it in the comments below!!
Thank you and happy homeschooling!
About the Author:
Natalie R. Brolan has been a freelance writer for over 20 years, writing and reviewing for newspapers, magazines and blogs. She studied creative writing, children’s literature and publishing, and is excited to be releasing the first picture book in her new series ‘MOM Academy: Where We Go to School!’.
An even bigger accomplishment, she survived teaching her two children- both recent high school graduates of home school, and is happy to report that they are well on their way to making positive marks in the world. With 10-plus years experience and exuberant passion in elementary and high school homeschooling, Natalie thought it would be a great avenue to travel down in writing.
Natalie lives in Connecticut with her family and can be found with her nose in a good book, writing, painting, going to a concert or exploring nature.
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