Homeschool Field Trips
Homeschool field trips provide a wonderful opportunity to enrich your home learning experience.
Besides the usual destinations like the museum or science center, field trips encompass just about any activity outside your home, from a walk in the woods, to a trip to the grocery store.
No matter where you live, there are many places to visit and explore.
From famous landmarks to hidden parks and streams, the world is yours to discover!
I jump at almost any chance to get out of the house and go on a field trip, especially during the fall! Although it wasn't quite peak "leaf peeping" season, the above photo was taken on one of the last warm days of the year, and the leaves were turning glorious colors.
A beautiful nature park nestled in a nearby community, beckoned us to learn amidst the changing leaves, in the warm autumn air.
We couldn't resist the invitation and quickly finished up our inside work, jumped in the car to take the scenic route to the park. We spent nearly two hours hiking the trails, learning about wildlife, creation, the life cycle, and marveled at the colors while building relationships and having fun.
More Than Just Book Knowledge
Although at times it's easier to stay home, the hands-on and real-life learning that comes from going on field trips, gives your child more than just book knowledge.
I remember in seventh grade, going on a school field trip to Fort Malden, a key defensive post during the War of 1812, located in Amherstburg, Ontario.
We dressed up in real costumes, made candles and re-enacted a battle scene using the Fort as our backdrop. We had so much fun running up and down the hills, pretending that we were defending our land! It is an experience that I will never forget and made Canadian history come alive.
Experiencing the War of 1812 through hands-on learning, not only reinforced the concepts I was learning in school, but helped me remember historical facts about my country's past so I would never forget them. (Yes, I am Canadian! :)
I want the same for my children.
There's ALWAYS a Reason...
Over the years we have visited the post office, Krispy Creme, the local newspaper, television stations, zoos, historical museums, art galleries, science centers, monuments, famous landmarks, businesses, banks, and even shook the president’s hand while learning about the election process.
As a homeschooling parent, you have the ability to be more flexible in the education you provide your children. Learning happens best when concepts are reinforced through a variety of ways, from books to hands-on projects.
So, take time outside your home to enrich your child's education. No matter what you are learning, there is always a reason to take a homeschool field trip!
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