The coolest thing about homeschooling is that it provides so many opportunities to structure and learn in locations outside of the home and away from the traditional classroom settings. While the content and lesson planning is important for the day-to-day of homeschooling, there’s some wiggle room in deciding what places to take educational field trips to throughout the duration of the year.
With public school settings, there are often restrictions and different loop-holes to have to jump through to plan and schedule a field trip. But with homeschooling, you have the option and flexibility to schedule trips to locations that fit with you and your lesson plans!
If you are needing some ideas about year-round field trip ideas for homeschoolers, here are some simple suggestions to help get you started!
1. Public library
Open year-round and full of amazing activities and educational opportunities. Not only is a weekly trip to the library fun to be able to just grab new books, but take it a step further and see what type of programs that your library offers as well.
Many libraries have special speakers, children’s activities and classes that they offer during the week that are free and open to the public. Some even have other homeschool moms that meet there and have a co-op group lesson as well!
If you have a zoo in your vicinity, what are you waiting for? It’s full of fun animals to view, and your children will be able to read the signs about the animals and learn a ton of great facts that they are sure to talk about for many days to come!
If you’re heading out to the zoo soon, or if you’ve already been, try adding our Zoo Animals PreK Workbook to your curriculum for some added fun! It’s full of lessons and coloring pages that have lots of animals that you’re sure to see on your trip!
Many major cities have a planetarium available and open to the public. If so, this field trip must happen! So many educational topics are played and discussed and it is such an amazing opportunity to open your children’s eyes to the wonders of the world.
Many YMCA’s have activities for children to participate in. Whether it is day camps, summer activities, or even swimming lessons, see what your local YMCA offers to the public and if it may be something that your child is interested in!
If you don’t have a local YMCA, you can still visit any type of workout/kid friendly recreational center.If you are learning about the body and the importance of being active, why not take a fun trip to a local gym and let your child experience different work-out options first hand? Many gyms offer a trial period, or maybe even talk to the manager about a homeschool experience.
5. Roller-skating rink
Because sometimes, field-trips can be just for fun as well! We can write it off as Physical Education, right?
6. State park
If you are fortunate enough to live in an area with a state park, take advantage of what it has to offer. Go on nature hikes, stream wading, or just learn how to support each other. Take the time to join in on the adventure too and teach your kids a classic like how to skip rocks!
Don’t forget to check with the local park ranger! State Parks often offer many different classes and activities geared towards children learning about the wildlife and nature that are free to attend and highly educational!
7. Police Department
It’s important for our children to know and understand the importance of our police and justice system. Call your local police station and organize a trip down to the local police department. Be sure to ask if they can ask any questions and maybe even take a ride in a police car!
8. Fire Station
Fire Station tours are the best. Not only do they get to learn how to handle and react in an emergency, but often times they get a tour of the building as well as the fire truck. Both adults and children will love this experience!
9. Community Garden
If your town has a community garden, it’s an excellent resource for your homeschool classroom. You can learn about gardening, help water and care for the plants and maybe even get to nibble and taste some of them fresh from the garden! Talk about a hands-on learning experience for you and your child.
10. News Station
If your local news station has a presence in the community, call them and see if they would be willing to allow a small group of homeschoolers to tour/visit. Your kids will have the opportunity to learn about why the news is important to the community and maybe even a weather lesson!
Field-trips are a ton of fun, no matter what time of year they are taken. Think of places around town that are of interest to your children, and then contact and see if a field trip could possibly be an option. You may be surprised by how many locations are thrilled by the idea of showing you and your crew around!
Do you often book field trips for your little learners? What are your favorite field trip ideas for homeschoolers?
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