What was your favorite part of school as a child? Looking back on it, many of us would say the same thing: field trips! Not only are field trips a great way to learn in a more hands-on manner, but they also break up the monotony of day-to-day educational practices. Even if your homeschooling curriculum is quite lax and without too rigid of a structure, your student likely wants to venture out past their usual environment and experience something new. Chances are, so do you!
Let’s talk about some fun and engaging field trip ideas that everyone can enjoy. One great thing about homeschool education is that you can go on field trips whenever you’d like, with some financial restrictions, of course. Consider these ideas when you want to plan your student’s next educational outing.
The sky’s the limit when choosing field trip destinations, but we hope this list will get your brain jump-started!
Few experiences are as enriching and educational as a trip to the museum. Depending on where you live, you might have access to many great museums. If you’re a bit further away from the city, it may take some extra planning. You could also search around for local museums that you’d have never known about otherwise!
There are many different types of museums to take your homeschooling child to. From natural history to science and industry, you’re bound to find something that will pique your child’s interests! Many museums also offer free or reduced fee entrance rates, so take advantage of those opportunities when you can.
A walking tour of your city or nearby point of interest can be a very enlightening experience for homeschooled children and their educators. These afford a great opportunity to learn more about the part of the world you live in.
Zoos and aquariums are more than places to view animals. It is where educational opportunities and wonders abound, with information about the animals themselves, their native habitats, and other geographic qualities related to the animal. You can incorporate other elements into the trip. Consider these activities to enhance your zoo or aquarium visit:
- Bring a map of the world and try to view an animal from each continent.
- Turn the trip into an exciting scavenger hunt.
- Create a bingo board to take with you.
The possibilities are endless!
Visiting the capital city of your state can be a very educational and eye-opening experience. Not only does this offer the student a chance to see someplace new, but it also gives them a glimpse into how the local government works.
Does your area have a location of great historical significance? A great way to engage children to learn about history is to have them take in information about where they come from. Research online to see what people like to see when they visit your region. This will help you get an idea as to where a great historical find could be located.
One great thing about homeschooling is the flexibility in planning exciting field trips. You can take your child’s strengths and interests into account and engage them to learn in a fun way.