One great advantage of homeschooling is being able to use all the resources that your community has to offer. Most cities of even moderate size have a plethora of learning opportunities waiting for you and your children just outside your door. To plan a homeschool field trip, you should consider several factors. One of these is whether or not you would like to go as a group with other family members, friends or a homeschool group. You should also take into consideration what your child is currently studying or will be studying in the near future. Finally, you will want to have at least a rough idea of how to incorporate the field trip into further learning once you are back at home.
Going with a group has several advantages. First of all, even if a group simply means waiting until the weekend when the entire family, including grandparents, can come along, you will provide your child with a wider array of opinions, observations and information. Secondly, you may qualify for a group discount if there are enough people attending. Finally, if you go with a homeschool group, you may be able to share in creating plans for follow-up learning activities.
Think about your child’s current subjects of study, and those in the near future, to decide on an appropriate field trip. If there is a particular field trip you would like you child to experience but it does not fit in well with his or her current studies, consider creating a short unit study that can include the field trip you’re contemplating. Many field trips can be easily included in the subjects of science, history and art so look carefully at these areas when making your decision.
Lastly, you want to plan how your child can use this field trip to further their education. Though the field trip itself will of course be educational, there are many ways to take further advantage of such outings once the trip is over. Depending on your child’s age this can be anything from drawing pictures and adding captions or short sentences to each drawing with your help, to creating a full-fledged report including further research into a subject, interviewing people with special knowledge or skills and more. These are 2 very simple ideas at opposing ends of the age spectrum. Your choices are really rather limitless and you should feel free to let your child guide this process if they show a special interest in the subject.
Field trips are enriching and add important, firsthand experience to the educational process. Homeschooling allows you the freedom to benefit from as many of these opportunities as you wish. A little planning ahead of time will make your field trip as beneficial as possible for your child and will help you focus and plan for the best use of the field trip within your homeschool.