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Ten Awesome Field Trips
As any homeschooling family knows, much of our children’s learning actually takes place
outside of the home. Field trips can be an exciting, if not essential, component of your
family’s curriculum. They spark an interest in children of all ages and can be
valuableresources to enhance lessons being taught in the home.Following is a list of ten free or low-cost field trips that can boost learning and in some
cases help nourish your child’s soul:
Major Educational Themes: Nutrition, Science
How to Schedule: Start by calling around to your favorite spots, explaining that you andyour group would like to request an educational tour. There may be a nominal fee forsupplies.
Bonus: Children may be able to make an edible treat to take home.
2. Music Store
Major Educational Theme: Music
How to Schedule: Again, calling a local business to inquire about a tour is the way to go.This tour should be free.
Bonus: This is an opportunity for parents to ask about instrument rentals and lessonsoffered, if their children are not already studying a musical instrument. Children may beinvited to handle and play different instruments, getting a feel for which one(s) they mightbe interested in.
3. Police Station
Major Educational Themes: Social Studies, Personal/Public Safety, Science (forensics forolder children), Problem Solving/Critical Thinking, Public Policy/Law Enforcement
How to Schedule: Research your community’s police station
phonenumber. Do not call 911 to schedule a tour. This tour should be free.
Bonus: Police stations often offer parents public safety materials such as childidentification kits, which help law enforcement officers safely locate children in the eventthat they are missing. Some police departments work in cooperation with the area school
system and/or children’s hospital to provide public relations programs such as Safety City, a
miniature model of a city where elementary-aged children drive mini-cars and learn safetyrelated to bicycles, pedestrians, vehicle traffic, stranger danger, and school buses. Sponsorsoften offer a take-home workbook curriculum as well.
4. Firehouse/Ambulance Station
Major Educational Themes: Fire Safety, Health (basic first aid), ScienceHow to Schedule: As with those listed above, be sure to use the non-emergency line whencalling about a tour. Since firehouse tours can be popular with public schools, Girl Scout andBoy Scout troops, and other organizations, unless you have a particularly largehomeschooling group, be prepared for the possibility of having to share a tour. This tourshould be free, but donations may be accepted or expected if your town relies on avolunteer fire department.