One of the many great advantages to homeschooling your children is that you can often have class outside your home. You can teach a particular subject from a place where that subject can be learned with tangible examples, like at a historical battlefield or a museum of natural history. It’s always fun for children to go on field trips, but mainstream schools often can’t take students to certain places due to the number of people in the tour party. This is another advantage of homeschooling; you can take your children almost anywhere that is open to the public, because your tour party is small. Listed below are ten great field trip ideas for homeschoolers.
- Tour your state’s capitol.
- If there is one near your home, visit the birthplace of a historically important person, like a former president.
- Take a hike through a state or national park. Learn about flora and fauna, animal tracks, geology and other natural science subjects.
- Tour a local farm; preferably one that will allow you to pick your own produce or take part in some way.
- Walk through a local power plant and learn about how electricity is produced.
- Study architecture by strolling through a local historical neighborhood. Bring a sketchbook and ask your children to draw what they see.
- Find a local artist studio that will allow you and your children to work on a project with them.
- Go to a local festival or concert. So many children are never given the opportunity to hear great music live or see handcrafted items up front. This is an especially great idea if you live in an area with a particular cultural history.
- Learn how a home is built while also giving your time by volunteering for the Habitat for Humanity project or other similar charity. This will teach your children about the use of basic tools while also giving them the chance to see how a structure is built.
- Take your child to a local business and have the entrepreneur give his or her story of how they started and maintain their own business. This field trip is especially good for older children who are just starting to learn the role of money and the buying and selling of items or economics.
Denise Keene has been a Special Ed teacher for 15 years now and likes to write articles about various related topics. She also owns the site Masters in Special Education.