One of the greatest things about homeschooling is the flexibility. You can do your book work any time. You can also slip in a field trip any time you wish.
In our family, we wish to add in field trips a lot! In fact, we probably average at least one trip a week. It may seem a bit excessive, but as long as my kids are still doing great on their book work, I prefer to give them lots of hands-on experiences.
I doubt my kids will remember their favorite workbooks, but I bet they will remember their favorite field trip!
Of course, your field trips are a bit limited based on where you live. There are some field trips, however, that you can do from almost anywhere! Here are six field trips to take this year.
Field Trips to Take This Year
1. Your Local Ethnic Restaurant
Ethnic cuisine is always an adventure. Your children may be picky eaters, but they might surprise you if it means they get to go on an adventure–especially if you invite some of their friends to go with you. (If my kids see a friend trying something, they are much more open to it!)
You can study the country the food originates from before you visit. As an added bonus, call ahead to see if anyone there would be willing to talk to you and answer any questions your students might have. They can practice their interview skills!
2. Your Local Grocery Store
Many grocery stores will be more than happy to give you a tour. Not only can you learn about food groups and food safety, but your kids will delight in learning about what goes on in the mysterious cooler behind the milk! With any luck, they might get treated to some free samples too! If you prefer to host your own tour, you can send the kids on a grocery store scavenger hunt, or have them plan, shop, and cook a meal!
3. The Post Office
Many say the post office is dying, but there is still a lot to learn there about organization! Teach your kids about the history of communication, from telegraphs to telephones. Then let them see the post office in action. For younger kids, teach them to write their address before they go.
4. Your Local Mall–Or Even Walmart!
Searching for a fun math lesson? Have your kids pretend they just won $1,000,000. They have one day to spend it. Take them around and write down what they would buy and keep track of how much it costs. Can they really spend $1,000,000. Some will be able to do it, while others won’t. Make sure they keep a running tab and don’t forget the tax!
5. Your Local Library
The library is a wonderful hangout for us. Aside from the great books, educational computer programs, and fun library programs too, there is a whole world of media waiting for you! Explore the newspaper, magazines, videos, and technology available. (3D printers, anyone?)
You can teach about the Dewey Decimal System or the newer Library of Congress Classification System. Make sure your children know how to look up books, locate them, and use your library’s checkout system. Meet some friends there and have them show each other what their favorite books are. They are much more likely to get excited over their friends’ suggestions!
6. Your Local Park
Aside from a wild rumpus on the playground that could count as physical education, your local park is full of nature. No matter what the season, take a walk and bring a nature journal. Or bring your favorite books, a blanket, and enjoy a picnic. (Check out the Picnic Parade for inspiration!) On a beautiful day, any of your lessons can be done outside in the fresh air.
More Opportunities Abound!
There are many great field trips to take this year! I highly encourage you to get out and enjoy the opportunities around you. Pretend like you are a tourist and grab the local brochures. (Your kids could even create their own brochures of the places you visit!) You might be surprised what you find.
Imagine if you were a Parisian who had never visited the Eiffel Tour. What would it be like to be a Floridian who had never been to the ocean? Don’t miss out on what is right in front of you. Everywhere is someplace special!
What are your favorite field trips?