10 fabulous homeschool field trip ideas5 min read
Homeschooling despite, its uncountable benefits can sometimes be a little tiresome and monotonous. Hence, in order to break the cycle and stir up some exciting ways of learning, parents/ guardians should at least take their kids on a field trip at least once every two months. Field trips don’t only promote academic growth but also increase a child’s engagement in context to their studies. They become more involved because of the unconventional method and they genuinely see and get to experience what they are studying. Education doesn’t necessarily mean to just mug up the facts and spill it at the end of term paper but it’s more than that. It’s about being aware of the world around you, being accepting of the people around you and trying to do your part and make the world a better place. It’s about getting to know the real problems that plague our society and just trying to solve one thing at a time. Field trips are actually one of the best ways to educate the kids about various cultures, show them some really cool tricks and phenomena and instill a habit of asking questions and being curious about the world in general.
Here, are some tremendous places that can be your next field trip destination-
The most basic and fun activity will be to take the kids to a zoo. They won’t just be really excited about it but they will also learn a lot about the animals, birds and insects in the zoo. While giving them the tour, one can always chip in some fun facts about the animals making the next Biology session a little easier. They will also learn to be responsible and accountable for their actions since it might be a kid’s first day out.
2. Local police stations
Going to the police station teaches kids more about laws and the judicial system and how important it is to stay on the right track. The kids acquire the knowledge of personal safety and the importance of staying informed. Moreover, they will also learn how to call 911 in an emergency, how to protect themselves and how to get out of dangerous situations. They also get to know the workings of a police station, the procedure someone held in custody goes to, details about the police equipment and how it comes in handy in the job. This will not only help the children to get a brief overview of the police stations and the inner workings but will also get them really delighted and they will be looking forward to it.
3. Photography studio
This can be one of the most enthralling and exhilarating experiences for a toddler or preschooler. Getting their photos clicked, feeling like a model, going around the studio and just getting to know the nitty-gritty of photography. How cameras work, the lighting, focus perfect angle among the many things that they will learn and assimilate.
4. Ghost towns
There are ghost towns especially in rural areas or old states. Even an abandoned building or a deserted land will also work. The children can be asked to dress up in spooky clothes to add to the mystery. All these isolated places are full of amazement, wonder and historical facts. Exploring these reinvigorated towns would be really chilling and the parents/ guardian can even talk to the manager to set up a little scavenger hunt as well.
For all the HIstory and Geography buffs this is actually kind of a perfect day out. They get to go to a museum, listen avidly to the tour guide and ardently follow piece by piece and place by place, every detail. It will be an enriching, knowledgeable and intense day.
6. Wilderness survival
Although it sounds dangerous and unsafe, it can be one of the most memorable experiences you can give your child. Being out there in the wilderness, making your own campfire, setting up your own tent, fetching your own water and making food for oneself is nothing less than exciting. Knowing how to do these things is extremely useful in outdoor ventures as well as being independent and self-reliant. This builds up confidence, boosts one’s self-esteem and removes all the distractions of the everyday world and brings one closer to nature and allows one to be more connected with oneself.
Field trips to colleges can be one of the most useful and strengthening experiences. It will not only clear the students’ vision and make them more driven towards their goal but also give them an overview of what their life will be like once they get into that particular college. It will also help them decide if that’s the right path for them and if they want to continue towards it. It will make them realize if their future goals and accomplishments will line up with the university’s requirements and if not, then what are the areas that they have to work and upskill.
8. Coca-cola bottling
Younger kids between the ages of 4-5 will love this one. All the kids love soft drinks right? What better to take them to the Coca-cola plant and let them witness the entire process with their own eyes. How the cans are filled and the lids are put up and if you’re lucky, you might get free samples at the end.
9. Art school
Letting the kids loose for a day and letting their creativity and innovation flow through. Contact a local school or art club and see if they are willing to let the kids come in and be part of the activities. The kids can draw and paint their favorite characters or anything random, even doodling is acceptable.
10. Financial class
For slightly older kids, say 15 or 16 years of age, the parents/ guardians can always introduce them to finance. Teaching how to maintain one’s expenses is very important especially when one is living away from home and introducing them to it at such a young age would be really convenient for them and they’ll be thanking you in the future.