When parents homeschool their children, they can include lectures, worksheets or work books, and hands-on activities. One type of hands-on activities they can include is a field trip. Homeschool field trips can help the family to learn about a specific subject. In addition, the family can also spend time together, get out for awhile, and have fun. Field-trips can be just as popular with homeschooling as they are in the traditional classroom teaching.
If you have family or friends who homeschool, or if you are part of a specific support group for families who homeschool, then you may decide to go on the field trip together. Whether you are going with just your own family or with others, you want to be sure to plan out the trip and include everyone who is going in the plan. Planning everything can help the trip to go by smoothly.
Here are a few tips for planning homeschool field trips.
First of all, you will need to consider a few factors when you first begin to plan the field trip.
1. The rates to collect. How much is the field trip going to cost? If you are going with just your family, then be sure it is a trip you can afford, as you may have to pay for yourself, spouse, and children. If you are going with other homeschoolers, find out how much it is going to cost per person and let them know of the prices.
2. Allowed ages. You do not have to put an age limit on the field trip. But if you plan on it, then decide what the age limit will be and let the other parents know in advance. In addition, you should also check the location of the field trip and see whether or not there is an age limit.
3. Special highlights. Look for special highlights at this location, which could help when learning on a particular subject. For example, you may be learning about the human body right now. If you are visiting a science center, check to see if there are any exhibits or activities to help with learning about the human body.
4. Group size. If it is only going to be your spouse, your children, and yourself, then you will not have to worry about the group size. But if you are going with other families, then you may want to decide on whether or not you are going to stay together or break down into smaller groups. You should also check for group discounts when looking up the price of the location.
5. The time length. How long do you want to spend there? What time does it open and close? Take these factors into consideration and decide what time you want to arrive and leave the location of the field trip.
6. Eating facilities. Check the location to see if it offers and eating facilities in or near the building, as well as the price of the food and the menu itself. You can also check to see if you can bring your own food and where you can eat.
7. Transportation. Depending on the size of the group, decide how you are going to get there. You can have the families meet up and drive themselves or look into carpooling. You should also check for parking at or near the location. If it is safe, affordable, and possible, you can also look into public transportation.
8. Meeting spots. Decide on a meeting spot for everyone to meet up to eat or leave, if someone gets lost, and so on.
When you have these details for homeschool field trips planned out, let your family, friends, or support groups know of them in advance. You can even hold a meeting beforehand to figure everything out and remind everyone of the plans. This way everyone will know what to expect and plan.
In addition to having fun, make sure the kids will learn. You can have them bring a notebook and pencil and write down what they see. You can also ask them questions about the trip and have them write down their answers. Another idea would be to have them write down a journal entry type of essay talking about the field trip. They can even draw a picture to go with it!
Once you plan out the safety, education, fun, and other important parts of the homeschool field trips, you, your family, and your peers can hit the road and begin the trip!