Planning a Field Trip involves more than just picking a location…
Here are 5 tips to help you prepare for the best experience
- Even 15 minutes of researching the location/experience/destination can save you tons of trouble later on. I always check a few of my favorite Travel Links before heading out the door.
- Reciprocal program details
- Jen at Forever, For Always…no matter what put together a FABULOUS Ultimate Guide to Field Trips for Homeschoolers which includes links to a variety of blogs offering tips on planning, notebooking and documenting your trips.
2) Pack the Car
3) Before you Go…Plan for Coming Home
- The fun won’t last forever and it’s always better to come back home to an organized kitchen and a prepared hot meal. Read my 4 Helpful Tips to be prepared!
4) Excite the kids
- Incorporate the field trip into your curriculum – when studying the renaissance period, visit a local castle.
- Read and prepare ahead of time for the trip – we used the St. Louis Zoo website to learn about the different animals we would see before we visited. This enhanced our visit.
- Try out Virtual Field Trips to add depth to local tours. Ask your students – how did the virtual field trip of the museum compare to visiting our local museum? Did it feel different to view the art in person vs on a computer screen?
5) Invite Friends!
- My #1 rule for organizing a field trip is to only plan group events that we want to do at a time that works for us. When I first started organizing group events I would always adjust things to please one or two other members and then half of the time they wouldn’t be able to make the event and I would be left feeling frustrated. Now, I only plan what works for us and it others can join then we are excited to have them!
- Homeschool-life.com has a 19 page ebook that is helpful for organizing a group trip. This book has everything you need to know including a reminder to write thank you notes.