Field Trip Checklist

field trip checklist
When planning to venture out on an educational trip, a field trip checklist is always a good idea. I don't know about you, but I love checklists. To me, field trips are the best part of homeschooling. This is where learning comes alive. Whether you have studied a period of history or area of science and are now culminating that with a hands on field trip, or are starting out a unit by taking a field trip, there are plenty of ways to make the most of every trip for students.

For a complete list of field trip ideas check my website at homeschool field trips. You can even access a whole host of virtual field trips you can take from the comfort of your home! Whether you decide to venture out or stay at home, here are a few things to remember when you plan a trip for students:

1. Camera - This doesn't have to be a fancy or expensive camera. Just take a few pictures in case you want to scrapbook about your trip or just include your pictures in a family photo album or Christmas card.
2. Water - Field trips can be pretty miserable when everyone is thirsty. Healthy snacks like trail mix and fruit are great to have on hand too.
3. Walking Shoes - Field trips can be pretty miserable when your feet (or your childrens' feet) hurt. Wear good and appropriate shoes. You won't regret it!
4. Evaluate - Are we bringing too much stuff with us? Will we regret having all this stuff to carry around? If so, eliminate what you can and travel as light as possible.
5. Bring your sense of wonder - Be ready to learn right along with your children. You don't have to switch into "teacher mode" here. Just say things like, "I wonder why they used to do things that way." Or you could say, "Isn't is amazing that someone thought of inventing that." Basically just talk with your children about what you and they are seeing.
6. Collect Resources - Whether you collect free brochures or purchase some kind of souvenir or learning tool, make sure you look around and see if there is anything around you that you might be able to use at home to facilitate further learning at home. One year we went to a science center and bought my oldest daughter a book and kit of how to make your own personal care products. This launched a lifetime of collecting piles of books from the library on this subject (from someone who really didn't enjoy reading) and later launched her into attending a trade school and now owning her own business renting a room at a spa.

I also have a free Field Trip form at my website that you can print off to help your children write out what they learned and remembered in a fun way. I hope you have enjoyed this field trip checklist. Feel free to check out my field trip ideas (including virtual field trips) and evaluation form at homeschool field trips.


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