Homeschooling doesn’t always have to stay in the home. In fact, venturing out of the house can be an important part of teaching the homeschooled child. Exploring new places allows children to experience something new, and they can learn exciting new things by simply taking an inexpensive homeschooling field trip. Whether the lesson plan calls for art or math, parents can incorporate an inexpensive field trip into their daily schedule.
History is all around us; from the architectural structures to local waterways. One of the first places to visit is a local historical museum for information on your city or town. From there, parents should be able to find information on all of their local history including the historical buildings, neighborhoods, and even the people. Children can also learn about the history of local rivers and lakes in their hometown.
Next, parents can research famous historical figures that were born or lived in the area, or even the state. If the historical person’s hometown is nearby, plan a field trip to visit the homestead. Compare that person’s area with that of your own. This also adds in some geography and social studies into the history lesson. Nearby state parks may also offer historical features that can be studied. Don’t forget to visit monuments and landmarks within the area.
Young children can begin to explore geography by touring their own neighborhood. A simple project is to make a hand-written map of your street with nearby intersections and major thoroughfares. After children have the comprehension of a map, purchase a map of your city or town and take a ride around town. Children can use the map to tell you which way to travel to get from point A to point B. While touring your local town, children can point out different geographical features like the terrain and water features.
There are many different inexpensive field trips homeschoolers can take to study science. The zoo, airport, beaches and lakes, and even the local landfill are all places that can be visited to coincide with teaching various forms of science. If you live on a farm or know someone who will let you take a tour, children can learn many different aspects of life just from the lives of farm animals. Botanical gardens and state parks are also great field trip ideas to explore science.
The ideal field trip for teaching math is your grocery store. Children can learn math and addition, as well as measurements. In the fruit and vegetable department, let children weigh the food at the scales by asking them to get you a pound of bananas. Then children can figure the cost of the bananas by multiplying the cost by the weight. Bring along coupons and let your children figure the cost of an item with a coupon. The different shapes of containers can also be used in a geometry lesson.
Studying art includes both visual and performance art. Art museums and a theatrical facility are exceptional places for an art field trip. Theatres not only teach another art form, it opens a child’s mind up to a whole new world with performances like ballet and plays. A local college may offer free plays performed by the students. For arts and crafts, parents should check with their local community centers and public libraries for activities available; many are offered at no cost.
Including physical education into a field trip is perhaps one of the easier (and most fun) homeschooling trips to plan. There are so many options available like the public swimming pool, park, skating rink, and the bowling alley. Homeschoolers can enjoy a day at the beach building sandcastles or go fishing at a local waterway. Parents can blend PE activities with their science curriculum at beaches or waterways, or by taking a neighborhood walk and studying the surroundings while enjoying Mother Nature.
For a free field trip, parents can utilize the Internet for virtual tours that may not be in the budget otherwise like a tour of the White House. Many museums, businesses, and national landmarks offer online virtual tours for exploring.
Most any trip outside of the homeschool classroom can be turned into an inexpensive field trip. Remember to pack your camera to record the trip. Back at home, use the pictures to create a project (or even a scrapbook or notebooking page) and let your child highlight everything they learned.