Field trips are one of the best parts of homeschooling. Watching your child’s eye light up and their mind turn as they learn new things up close and personal. Some people have limited field trip options where they live. They may even think there are NO educational field trip options, but with a little thought and planning, anyone can do field trips. Here are 10 field trips anyone can do from just about anywhere!
Go for a hike
Walking trails can be found anywhere. While some are more scenic and enjoyable others will be a bit less interesting but still hold plenty of observation and learning opportunities.
Observe the stars
Pack the kids up on a clear night and go to the highest point nearby. This could be on top of a large hill or a building if you are in the city. Bring a map of the stars and a telescope for a great learning opportunity for those that are not blessed with a planetarium nearby.
Visit a Nearby Body of Water
Rivers, lakes, and ponds all offer unique learning experiences. Observation is one of the best ways for children to learn and bodies of water have things your backyard does not offer your family.
Visit a local farm
Even the biggest cities have suburbs nearby that have farms. A short tip will get you to a farm where you can explore. You pick farms are a great way to help your child learn where their food comes from.
Tour of the Local Fire Department
Fire departments are often happy to allow families to come in for a quick tour and even happier if you bring a treat for the firemen with you. This is a great way to let kids explore career options, fire safety, or how things work. Just give them a call to arrange a time and date!
Visit local historical sites
You would be surprised how many historical sites you can find in any town with simple searches. From owl homes to battlegrounds there is nothing like seeing history up close and personal to help you get a feel for history in a new and exciting way.
High School Sporting Events
High school sporting events at your local high school is a great way to get out for a fun field trip. While not educational homecoming at the local high school can be a fun outing even for homeschooled children. Want to make it more educational go to the field during practice and talk to the coach about letting the kids watch drills and how the sports teams learn to work as a team.
Visit the Zoo
When it comes to classic field trips you can’t go wrong with a drive out to your closest zoo. Zoos are a great way for children to learn about animals they cannot see around them and every state has several zoos some bigger than others.
Explore the arts at in your local art museum
Don’t have an art museum available? Call the local coffee shops and see if any of them host indy artists and when their next gallery will be.
Take your children to volunteer
Sorting food at the food bank, wiping tables at the soup kitchen, or walking dogs at the pound is a great way to teach your children about giving back in the community.
Another (home) school year is upon us!
Some of you may have already started your year, or some of you might school all year long, or some of you might be making those final curriculum decisions before your new year starts. Whatever boat you are in, I’m sure you could use a little extra money for homeschool curriculum or resources. Am I right?
I’ve gotten together with some fellow homeschool bloggers and we are pooling our money together to bless two homeschool families with a gift card to spend on their homeschools. How does $250 sound in helping you buy curriculum, books, games, puzzles, or whatever educational supplies you might need? Two people will win a $250 gift card to Timberdoodle!!
We know homeschooling can put financial strain on families – whether it’s from living on one-income or buying curriculum for multiple children – the financial aspect of it can be stressful. Our hope is that we can bless a couple of homeschool families (although we wish we could bless many more) so they can buy the curriculum and supplies they need.
To enter for your chance to win, simply use the Rafflecopter form below to enter. Now I know that is quite a few entries for you, but each of these bloggers generously chipped in their own money to bring you this giveaway, so I hope you will take the time to do all of the entries. And hey, the more entries you do, the better your odds are of winning!
Giveaway ends Aug. 15, 2018 at 11:59pm ET. Must be at least 18 years of age. Must be a resident of U.S. or Canada to enter. Selected winners will have 48 hours to respond to email notification to claim their prizes or another winner will be drawn. By entering this giveaway, you agree to be added to the email lists of the participating bloggers. Please be sure to read the Terms & Conditions upon entering the giveaway.