Field Trippin’

The best part of homeschooling is taking all the field trips you want!! We turn every outing into a field trip or learning experience.  We really love being outside and being active so it is awesome to have the freedom to go whenever we want.

We recently went fishing as a family and we talked about the difference between lakes and oceans…what animals live in each and fresh water vs. salt water.  And there was quite a bit of just playing and having fun too 🙂

When we go camping, we talk about the wildlife, climate, plants, etc.  I am the main educator in our house but I really love when dad gets into it!  On a spring camping trip to Saguaro National Park, we took a hike to see some petroglyphs.  Dad was telling the girls about them, how they got there, what they meant, and how long they had been there.  When we got back to camp, he got out some chalk and showed the girls how to make their own petroglyphs on the rocks around camp.  It was an awesome idea and learning experience and he wasn’t even trying or thinking about making it a “school activity”.  He’s a natural educator 😉

(They also blended different color chalk together to make new colors.)

Some fun places to visit that are very easy to work in a school/learning aspect:

*Zoos/Aquariums/Pettings zoos (We live 2-3 hours from major zoos so we don’t get there as much as I’d like.)

*Library (obviously for the books but also check what special events your library hosts!)

*Bakeries (lots have kid classes now….my mom takes my nephew to chocolate crafting classes)

*Museums (Children’s Museums are so awesome…our town is trying to raise money for one but for now, we have to drive 2-3 hours.)

*Most police and fire stations are happy to give tours and show kids their equipment.

*Nature Centers (we visit a lot of National Parks and all of them have Jr Park Ranger programs…ask about it in the visitor center.)

Have an idea for a field trip outing that I didn’t mention? I’d love to hear it!! We are always looking for new ideas!!


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