One of the biggest perks about homeschooling children is the freedom that comes with taking learning to an entirely different level. Working in public education, there are so many hoops to jumps through to take kids somewhere that is FREE. It almost isn’t even worth it. However, when you can plan field trips for your own children or, for just a handful in a homeschooling group, almost anything is possible. All that said, if you are new to this field trip planning stuff, we have certainly got you covered! Here, we have put together a few tips and tricks on how to plan a homeschool field trip so it can go as smoothly as possible.
Steps to Plan the Trip
1 . Figure Out Where You Want to Go!
While this may seem like the most basic first step, sometimes, it can be the hardest step in planning field trips. Think about what curriculum you are covering and try to choose something that will enhance their learning experience. You want your homeschooling field trip to be educational and fun.
2 . Call Ahead
Once you have the place picked, it is time to figure out if there is a cost associated with your visit, or, with all of the new Covid restrictions, if where you are visiting can accommodate the size of your group. The best way to figure out if wherever you are visiting can accommodate your group is to give them a call. Of course, if you are visiting a public park, this step will likely not be necessary.
3 . What Stuff Do You Need to Bring?
After you have made your reservation or reserved spots or tickets, now it is time to consider all of the other pieces! Consider how long your trip will take, whether or not you need to pack lunches, and be aware of needs associated with the time of the school year. For example, if this is an outdoor trip in the Spring or Summer, you may want to bring sunscreen and extra drinks for your homeschoolers.
Ideas for Homeschool Field Trips
As the United States continues to re-open doors slowly, more opportunities for awesome field trips begin to open again. The great state of New York has boundless options for local field trips and a ton of fun. For a list of some of the best places to visit for your next field trip, check out our article on the top 10 field trips in NY. And if you don’t feel like going anywhere, consider a virtual field trip for your child. There are plenty of virtual tours created by museums, zoos, and other organizations.
One of the best things about homeschool field trips is that you experience learning with the whole family. Being able to take amazing field trips that are local and let your child learn and explore is extremely valuable to their education. Likely, field trips will be one of the most exciting things that your child(ten) experiences throughout the entire year of learning. With that said, don’t be so worried about all of the logistics of everything; enjoy the “wow” face on your child and make every moment a teachable one.