Field Trips for High School Homeschoolers
If you think back to when you were in school, some of your fondest memories probably revolve around field trips. Not necessarily because the subject matter was something you were interested in, but because you were excused from classes for the day.
As a rule, homeschool field trips are different. Since they are parent-planned, they meet the interest of the students who will be participating. They are usually more ‘hands on’, because of the fact that they are much more individualized.
One friend took her children to Virginia to study American history close up. Another family used their vacation to give their children the experience of staying on farms and ranches to learn about animals and nontraditional lifestyles.
There are many field trip opportunities for high school homeschoolers. There are traditional ones such as museums, amusement parks, art centers and college campuses. Volunteer-related field trips are always a big hit as well.
If you live in or near a large city, there are countless field trip destinations available to you. There are factory tours and theater trips. Many businesses in the food industry offer students the chance to gain hands-on experience in the field. Bakeries, large restaurants and food manufacturing plants are often willing to accommodate students for the day.
There are theme camps all across the country, which offer a wonderful extended field trip opportunity for homeschoolers. Space camp, drama camp, computer camp, sports camp and music camp are just a small sample of what is actually available. Many of these camps offer a need-based scholarship program if the cost of tuition is an issue.
Another great option for a high school field trip is a city tour. Major cities such as Chicago, Washington D.C., New York, Boston, Nashville and Atlanta are just a few interesting choices worth considering.
When planning a city tour of this type, involve the students who will be traveling. Incorporate the travel planning into your curriculum. Stipulate a budget. Discuss and agree on different methods of earning money for the trip. It may take several months, or even longer, to raise the needed funds. But, the learning experience is well worth it.
To extend the learning to continue after you return home, consider having your child keep a journal about their travels, take lots of photos or even start a blog.
The most important thing to remember when planning a field trip for your high school homeschooler is to give them several options. The more interest they have in the destination, the more they will learn and the more enjoyable it will be for all.