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THE A-to-Z of Homeschooling
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Home School Field Trips

Advice from Experienced Organizers

Field Trip Guideline for Homeschool Parents
Prepare for the field trip. Do some research on the web so you know what you are getting into.The Field Trip Lady
Whether you do unit studies, a full curriculum, or are a happy unschooler, field trips can add flavor to your life, cement what has been learned or be a complete educational experience in itself. Sometimes a field trip can be taken for the sheer pleasure of it. By Teri Brown.

Hiking with Homeschoolers
Hiking into nature provides the perfect environment for some whole learning that can cross the subject borders: physical education, science, history, social studies, literature, and art. By Sheri McGregor.

Homeschool Rangers
Offers inspiration, suggestions, ideas, and space for sharing and discussion on using our National Parks and Monuments in a homeschool curriculum.

Homeschooling Field Trips: Planning an Adventure
Sometimes getting out of the house for a day gives you a little inspiration, or a spark of curiosity, reaffirming just why you chose to homeschool in the first place. By Linda Cerynik.

Make the Most of It
There is no magic formula for visiting museums. A spur-of-the-moment trip can be just as rewarding as a planned visit. But if you have the time, some things that you can do before, during, and after the visit may help to enrich the experience. Tips from The Smithsonian.

Working With Museums
Report from the Effective Strategies for Working with Homeschoolerssession at the Association for Living History, Farm and Agricultural Museums (ALHFAM) Conference. By Debi Richter.

Ms. Frizzle
Unfortunately, institutions only recognize the value of the experience if it can measured, categorized, or otherwise documented.  (Please don’t get me started on accountability.)


Field Trip Planning Guide
From Oklahoma Homeschool.com

Field Trip Report Form (student’s)
From Oklahoma Homeschool.com. Room for photos and a description.

Special Topics

Car Games
Playing games with kids can make a long car trip both pleasant and educational. Print this out to take along!

Dinosaur Field Trips
Places where you can go and see dinosaurs up close.

Free Curriculum and Field Trips
A sortable database for free curriculum and field trip ideas.

Aviation Museum Locator
Find a place in Canada, The UK or the USA where you can experience flight history.

Fruit Bats, Cats, and Naked Mole Rats: Lifelong Learning at the Zoo
Take into consideration your child’s learning style when visiting a zoo.

Factory Tours USA
A site devoted to providing information about factory tours. The unique feature of our site is that our visitors can access our system to add information about factory tours they have visited.

Family Travel Files
World wide vacation ideas, though some of these might be right in your home town!

Places and events you can update yourself. To find or link to your to your city, change “Milpitas” in this link to the name of your city or its zip code. Not all cities work yet, as this relies on visitor input.

Free Field Trips
Trained tour leaders modify the field trips to be grade appropriate. The field trips are 60-90 minutes in length and are limited to 30 participants per tour – although this number varies by location.

Museums on Main Street
Brings rural Americans one-of-a-kind access to prestigious Smithsonian exhibitions and first-rate educational programs.

A staggering database of museums all over the world.

Outdoor Adventure
Lessons in survival in the school of nature. Links to adventure camps for homeschoolers.

The Traveler’s Video Guide to the American West. Find and view some very interesting places to take your kids out West.

Roadside America – Guide to Offbeat Tourist Attractions
A travel guide to more than 6,000 offbeat attractions, tourist traps, weird vacations, and roadtrips. Often on the way to an “educational” site, you wind up learning something anyway at one of these places you just happen by.

Spot Adventures
Milpitas company provides users of the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger a fun and simple way to upload, display and manage their location-based data, SPOTadventures.com has grown rapidly and now hosts thousands of posted adventures from around the world including hiking trips, motorcycle rides, kayak and canoe outings, mountain biking, sailing expeditions and family vacations.

Student Group Tour Magazine
A free publication that is published three times a year with a focus on student and youth travel throughout the United States and Canada. Download the previous issue here in pdf format.

Teaching with Historic Places
Uses properties listed in the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects.

Blog site loaded with place to take kids – including comments from other parents who took their families to these places, having had good and bad experiences.

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