f you think back to when you were in school, some of your fondest memories probably revolve around field trips. Not necessarily because the subject matter was something you were interested in, but because you were excused from classes for the day.
As a rule, taking a homeschool field trip is different. Since they are parent planned, they meet the interest of the students who will be participating. They are usually more ‘hands on’, because of the fact that they are much more individualized.
With this being said, there are many options so that you can pick the perfect homeschool field trip - whether the students are in lower grades or for high school homeschoolers. There are traditional ones such as museums, amusement parks, art centers and college campuses. Volunteer-related field trips are always a big hit, as well.
If you live in or near a large city, there are countless field trip destinations available to you. There are factory tours and theater trips. Many businesses in the food industry offer students the chance to gain hands-on experience in the field. Bakeries, large restaurants and food manufacturing plants are often willing to accommodate students for the day. So do local farms and post offices.
There are theme camps all across the country, which offer a wonderful extended field trip opportunity for homeschoolers. Space camp, drama camp, computer camp, sports camp and music camp are just a small sample of what is actually available. Many of these camps offer a need-based scholarship program, if the cost of tuition is an issue.
Another great option for a high school homeschool field trip is a city tour. Major cities such as Chicago, Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Nashville and Atlanta are just a few interesting choices worth considering.
When planning a city tour of this type, involve the students who will be traveling. Incorporate the travel planning into your curriculum. Stipulate a budget. Discuss and agree on different methods of earning money for the trip. It may take several months, or even longer, to raise the needed funds. But, the learning experience is well worth it. You might want to involve several other parents or your local homeschool social group.
The most important thing to remember when planning a homeschool field trip is to give the kids several options. The more interest they have in the destination, the more they will learn and the more enjoyable it will be for all.