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fondly my favorite (public) school field trips -- the week-long wilderness
campout, the weekend jaunt to a Gulf island national park, the summer
exchange program in Germany, the summer workshop in Washington DC. These
moments were truly highlights.
of homeschooling is the freedom for a bounty of field trips (schedule
and finances permitting, of course). Capitalize on the anticipation of
an upcoming field trip by building unit studies around the destination.
And with the opportunity to experience things firsthand, your children
are bound to learn even more.
a learning vacation, here are a few suggestions.
wonders. What better way to cap off a marine biology unit study
than with a trip to an aquarium. Visit one of the Sea World theme parks
(Orlando, San Antonio, or San Diego), for up-close experiences with
marine mammals, aquatic critters, and lots of things to explore. There
are also three amazing aquariums to consider -- Baltimore, Monterrey,
or New Orleans. Combine this with historical sightseeing, and your kids
will be positively beaming.
the scenery. To give some sense to geography and geology, go someplace
completely new to your child. If you are landlocked, try the coast.
If you live in flat terrain, head for the mountains. Consider a National
Park for their natural beauty and educational direction.
a kid'll love. History can be dull and monotonous. Or history can
be exciting and splendid. Opt for choice #2 by touring a history-rich
locale. Consider Washington DC (a week in the Smithsonian would be fantastic),
Philadelphia, New York, Williamsburg, or St. Augustine. Or jump the
pond and head for Paris, London, Rome, or Athens. Of course, you'll
want to start your unit study on the history a few weeks prior to your
more the merrier. Are you a member of a homeschooling organization?
Recommend a group trip. Escorted tours can be enlightening, or each
parent can host a tour and topic on the trip.
small trips can be rewarding. If a big trip isn't realistic right
now, think about a nearby overnight trip you can plan. Kids just love
Journal. Give your child a Travel Journal at the start of your trip.
This is a great way to encourage a love for writing. To be doubly nice,
a disposable camera will make your junior adventurer smile.
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