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Planning for a Field Trip

Give and take is part of the homeschool life. Although you will no doubt participate in field trips that other people organize and run, you should also be prepared to plan field trips in which others can participate. And, someone might not be planning a field trip that interests you. In any case, at some point you are likely to want to plan and conduct a field trip yourself. This requires the following steps:

  1. Decide what field trip you want to plan.

  2. Plan the field trip.

  3. Coordinate the field trip with other homeschoolers.

  4. Conduct the field trip.
Identifying a Field Trip
The first step is deciding on the field trip you want to take.

First, decide on the general type of field trip you want (again, in most cases, this should be based on some aspect of your lesson plans). Do you want to have a nature experience? Do you want to explore a historical site? How about taking a tour of a business? Or, maybe you want to see a play and take a backstage tour?

Second, decide how much time and money you want to invest. If there is a suitable destination close to you, you won't have the time and expense required to travel long distances. If not, how much time and expense are you willing to invest?

Third, do some research to determine if the destination you have selected supports "formal" field trips. In public places, such as parks and museums, this isn't hard to find out. For other destinations, such as businesses, you will have to dig a bit deeper to find out if the destinations are viable options.

After you have selected a destination for your field trip, it's time to get to work.



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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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