11-29-17 Free Field Trips For Homeschoolers
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Field Trips for Homeschoolers
Podcast will be published Wednesday 11-29-17 by 10AM Mountain Time. Please click on the play button below to listen to today's podcast!
Hi friends! Are you looking for some fun things to do with your homeschool kids? I love learning about new things I can do with my kids while we homeschool. I also like learning about fun things to do while homeschooling that do not cost a lot of money. Free, cheap, and easy are how we roll. We are in the process of getting debt free and starting our dream of owning a small farm so we need to save as much of our hard earned money as possible. AKA I like to keep my wallet loaded with dough for the real necessities of life like food, shelter, and bills. Oh...I love getting bills in the mail. Don't you? I am totally joking obviously.
Free Field Trips for Homeschoolers
Here is a list of free things you can do with your homeschool kids:
- You can drive around your community and check out the older homes. This is a great opportunity to talk to your child about the history of your small town or city. A great enhancement for this lesson is to read a book about the history of where you live when you get home. For example, in downtown Glendale you will see older homes that where build for farming workers.
- You can plan a day of traveling around your small town or city and walk by the major landmarks that show the history of where you live. For example, in the town of Wickenburg, Arizona has a history of gold miners, farmers, and ranchers. Now, if you where to do a tour of the downtown area of Wickenburg you would see statues, museums and other clues of the cowboy history here.
- You can go on a trip to a local animal shelter with your homeschool kids. You can take them to see the animals that have been taken off the streets and are waiting for a new home. You can talk about the different breeds of dogs, cats, ect. You could enhance this lesson with a book about different breeds of dogs. You could bring the book along with you and look up the different breeds while looking at the pups or if its too loud you would look at the different breeds of dogs when you get home. You can talk about the different temperaments, appearance and needs of each breed of dog.
- You can find a local factory to tour. We live near Glendale, AZ and there is a big chocolate factory there that offers tours. Cerreta Candy Co. has given tours of their chocolate factory since I can remember. There may be a chocolate factory near you. Check your area of factories in your area.
- You can visit a local park in your community to do some bird watching. Here you can bring a book about different types of birds and binoculars. Plus, you can go even a step further with this lesson and print out coloring pages, mazes, etc. for your child to do on the drive there or for when you get home.
- You can plan a night or early morning observing the stars. You can plan a special lesson that includes activities and books. Here is a blog that has a bunch of stargazing activities to do before you plan your homeschool field trip or backyard adventure. If you want to see some ideas for planning a homeschool lessons about stars, planets and outer space you can click here.
- You could plan a trip to a different church outside of your religion. We are Christian but I've been to a Catholic and Baptist church before. I learned a lot from seeing how other people worship. You can click here to see a website about Christianity. If you want to see a website about Catholic religion you can click here. If your interested in seeing a website about Baptist Church you can click here. Personally, we choose to praise God from our own home with our bibles. But it is a good idea to show your children what other people do in their churches. I would not recommend leaving your children in a child care if you do not know the people watching your children so you can visit the church during open house hours.
- Do you live near a cave? You could start a science study about caves. How are caves created? What likes to live inside caves? Did humans use caves in the past? You can find books and activities for this lesson to make this trip fun and meaningful. This website has lots of ideas for cave lessons.
- If you live near a wooded area or a place with local plants and wildlife you can go on a nature exploration day. Before your field trip you can plan special activities and learning activities. You can also find books about the native plants in your area.
- You could take a tour of your local post office. You could show your child around the place and even mail a special letter to Grandma. Here are a lot of fun lessons about the post office and how you can teach your child about the mail system we have.
Low Cost Field Trip Ideas
Here is a list of low cost things you can do with your homeschool family:
- You can go pick fruit from a local small farm. This is a fun filled day with your homeschool family and you get fresh produce as a reward from going on this field trip. You can talk to your child about how small farms work while your on the farm. You may even get a little tour from the farmers if they're available.
- You can visit a paint your own pottery or make your own pottery studio. This is a great opportunity to make a pretty cup for grandma or grandpa for a upcoming holiday.
- You can have a good learning experience by checking out your local national or state park. You can visit the store because often they will have learning opportunities inside. You can also pick up a map of the park and decide with your kids which part of the park to check out. You can do some research on the area before you take your trip so you have well planned lessons. You can have coloring pages printed and attached to clip boards for the drive there. Then you can use books or activities to enhance further learning before or after the tour.
- You may be able to find a local play for children at the theater by your home. If you want to learn about plays and theatrical performances in your area you can click here to see the Children's Theatre Company. There are usually theatre companies like this one in big cities so you can look for one in your community. You can also create literacy lessons based on the play. For example, if you are planning on taking your kids to see The Grinch That Stole Christmas you could read the book to your children.
Grinch that Stole Christmas Lesson Planning:
There are so many fun ideas for going on a special well planned out field trip. But it takes time and energy for the homeschool mom to make these field trips magical. Most of the magic that happens on the field trip is from the anticipation that comes when you do learning activities weeks before the field trip day is even here.
I hope you get motivated to plan some awesome field trips that include great anticipatory lessons that will get your kiddos excited about the upcoming trip. All good things come in time and that is especially true for field trips. A trip to your local downtown area will be so much more meaningful if you do research on why that town was established and create special lessons to go with that learning lesson.
Enjoy these ideas for free and low cost field trip for your homeschoolers. Please leave me a comment if you are going to plan a fun field trip for your family. You can share a idea that you already had or one of these ideas I am sharing today for your homeschool lesson plans.
Have a awesome Wednesday Friend!
Homeschooling His Children