Honestly, my planning list said that I should write a blog post about field trips this week! But I was starting to think I’d better write about something else, when a gentleman at our church approached my husband about wanting to take our children on a field trip to a local apple orchard. Yippee! Thank you!
This morning, the kids excitedly put on their shoes, happy to be going out the door rather than sitting down to a normal day of schoolwork. I haven’t been feeling well, so Daddy and Grandpa joined the kids on their adventure.
Since I didn’t go, I couldn’t tell you too much about what they did. While they were gone, though, I went online to see if I could find some helpful planning forms.
I was pleased with the forms I found by author Cindy Downes:
- Her “Field Trip Planning Guide” is really thorough.
- If I wanted to create an entire unit study around this field trip, I’d use her “Field Trip Unit Planner” form.
- She also has a “Field Trip Report Form” that is especially suited to our children’s notebooking pages.
Field trips are a great way for children to learn, a wonderful escape from the daily grind — and a lot of work for Mom to plan. 🙂 Mom, they’re worth it! As homeschooling families, we can go on trips to places and at times that others never could. I encourage you to take advantage of this!
As always, planning ahead is the best policy.
- Make a list of possible field trips.
- Call ahead to see what dates, hours, and requirements might be.
- Invite others to join you if you wish.
- Put the field trips on your calendar.
- Using the forms above, plan special activities and learning projects.
- Keep some extra forms on hand for spontaneous “field trips” (like our apple-orchard adventure today). Sometimes these are the best field trips!
May this be your best “field trip” year ever!