Adding Field Trips to Your Homeschool

Field trips are a great addition to your homeschool for a number of reasons, including the following:

  • Improved learning. Field trips are a great way to make the lessons you are teaching to your students more real; this helps them see the practical applications of their education.

  • Broadened horizons. You can use field trips to expose your children to all sorts of experiences.

  • Opportunities for socialization. Many of your field trips will be done in conjunction with other homeschoolers. This provides a great chance for your kids to interact with other homeschooled kids.

  • Interrupted routine. Field trips are a great way to add variety to your homeschool and are a great way to break up the routine of school.

  • Lots of fun. Field trips are fun for both students and their teachers (in this case, you!).
When it comes to field trips, homeschooling provides much more flexibility than field trips taken by traditional schools. Because you will likely have a much smaller group, you will be much less of a burden to the places you visit than would traditional schools. For the same reason, homeschool groups often have access to areas that are off limits to traditionally schooled kids. Because your schedule isn't driven by the clock as much as those of traditional schools, your field trips can have greater depth to them.

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Reproduced from Absolute Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling, by Brad Miser, by permission of Pearson Education. Copyright © 2005 by Que Publishing. Please visit http://www.informit.com/store/product.aspx?isbn=0789732777 to order your own copy.


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