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THE A-to-Z of Homeschooling
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Field Trips Directory

Field Trips with Kids that have some Educational Value

In the USA and Canada

Advice about Homeschool Field Trips
Forms for Homeschool Groups
Special Field Trips by Topic

Advice about Homeschool Field Trips from Experienced Organizers

Field Trip Guideline for Homeschool Parents
AN A to Z ARTICLE
Prepare for the field trip. Do some research on the web so you know what you are getting into.


Hiking with Homeschoolers
AN A to Z ARTICLE
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.



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

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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.

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

How to Take a Homeschool Field Trip with Less Stress and More Fun
We’ll spend weeks talking a certain subject and they never seem to fully grasp it until I figure out some sort of field trip where they can see, touch and hear the concepts themselves. Something about these kinesthetic learners I have. By Heather Bowen.

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.

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.)

Forms

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
AN A to Z ARTICLE
Playing games with kids can make a long car trip both pleasant and educational. Print this out to take along!

Dinosaur Field Trips
AN A to Z RESOURCE
Places where you can go and see dinosaurs up close.

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

Car-Schooling
Many home educators take advantage of time spent in the car to learn a variety of subjects through games, CDs and audio tapes. This list is designed so that families can share ideas, resources, and activities for learning while traveling.

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!

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.

Museumstuff.com
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.

OpenRoadTV
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.

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.

Trekaroo
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.

The Wanderlists
Joanne O’Sullivan’s blog or parents looking for ways to explore the world with their kids in a really non-commercial way.

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