At any given moment a homeschool mom has at least five things rolling around in her mind at once – laundry, dishes, lessons, how her kids’ education is matching up to traditional school, and dinner. Of course dinner. One thing you don’t have time to worry about is how to come up with new ideas for field trips this year. That’s why we put together a list of six fun, educational field trips for you and your kids to enjoy.
Take your kids out to a local Mexican restaurant for lunch, and ask them to order from the waiter or waitress in Spanish. Then ask one of the Spanish-speaking staff members to teach them each a phrase or word that they might not already know. The experience will be memorable, and hearing the language from real people will be impactful.
Turn a nature walk outdoors into a leaf scavenger hunt by selecting a variety of trees that grow in your area, and start searching! If you have a group, you can even divide the children up into teams.
Have your kids bring along a clipboard and a piece of paper with a few crayons on the nature walk. Ask them to spot something they want to draw, and stop to spend some time absorbing the beauty of the outdoors while being creative.
Visit a Local Farm
Learning about where your food comes from and how it’s nurtured to grow is fascinating. Do some searching around your local community, and see if there are any berry farms, corn pastures, or even just locals who bring their goods to farmers’ markets. Use this time to show your children how God designed the earth to produce food naturally.
Explore a Museum
If your city has a free museum, get out and see what it has to offer! Many museums also offer discounts for children under a certain age, or even a day when admission is free for children.
Check Out a Pet Store
Show your kiddos some real-life animals at the local pet store. Watch the lizards and snakes, peer in to see the fish showing off their colors, observe a few cute bunnies, and watch as their eyes light up. They’ll love the experience of being close to animals. Add some additional education to the trip by asking them to name the animals they saw and something they learned about each of them.
Kids are sponges, so don’t be hard on yourself about finding the fanciest field trip destinations. There’s a learning opportunity almost everywhere you turn, so once you’ve checked off these six ideas, you’ll probably think of many more! Share your ideas with us on Instagram and Facebook. We love to repost our homeschool moms’ ideas for everyone else in the Abeka community to see.