Planning the Perfect Homeschool Field Trip

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Field trips add a lot to the homeschool experience. From supplementing your curriculum in areas where your kids need advanced lessons, to creating fun social time, learning in a variety of settings helps kids grow. This presentation from the 2014 MassHOPE conference provides practical tips for families and homeschool groups.


<ul><li> 1. Planning the Perfect Homeschool Field Trip Opening New Possibilities for Your Kids </li></ul> <p> 2. Planning the Perfect Field Trip There is no such thing as perfect: Tailored to your own kids needs, goals as a family, group goals There are many such things as ideal: University of Arkansas study found that a single field trip to a museum increased historical empathy and other measures of emotional intelligence Students retained a great deal of the art knowledge they learned Field trips create great opportunities, especially for homeschool 3. Some Background-What Is EdTrips? 4. Getting Started Curriculum, Goals, and Planning 5. Set Goals Tied to one or all: Curriculum area: Math, Art, History Personal growth: Emotional intelligence, problem-solving Family time Fill gaps: Childs interest Your knowledge Curriculum Fun is a goal, too! 6. Logistics are Key to Content Ask: As a family or with group? All ages, or just younger, older child(ren)? When in the year? What will we be covering then? 7. Integrating with Curriculum Look at what you are learning this year Base on one subjectstudying the ocean for instance Integrate several subjectsadd language arts, math Make sure its something that works will all ages if whole family is going Get different ages to work together 8. Find the Right Program Subjects: holistic or specific Age/Grade: only a guideline, part of the freedom of homeschooling is you can tailor to whats appropriate for your kids Challenge is finding materials for each age child Contact venue Go by content 9. Get Ready Pre-learning is essential Review the venue and program Create lesson plans for each child Age-appropriate take on content Get them ready to learn Provide context Get started about a month out 10. More Getting Ready Venues may have lessons and materials specifically for homeschoolers You can also find related resources online So much is out there, you can tailor to learning style/intelligence type: verbal, visual, kinetic Use multiple media: video, worksheets, apps, books 11. During the Trip: Self-Guided Keep kids engaged: Asking questions Integrating lessons such as sketching, photography, journaling Use resources: Venue provided gallery guides Toolkitssuch as Museum of Fine Arts FamilyActivities Know venue policies: Understand rules on photography,sketching Tailor easily: Length, content tailored by choosing different routes with parent/older siblings 12. During the Trip: Venue-Organized Understands needs of multi-age groups Need to understand homeschooling is a learning lifestyle so kids are not getting a break from highly- structured classroom Often surprised at how well-behaved kids are Often have more advanced social skills and will ask more questions, do well with less-structured tours 13. Lesson Plans Ideal lessons: Language Arts: Write essay before on background, after on learning Visual: Draw pictures on what you expect, sketch on-site, draw what you learned Media: Record a video after trip or create a Prezi, write a song about trip Online: Use HSTRY, share with family and friends 14. Coordinating with a Group 15. Thank You! Twitter: @Ed_Trips </p>


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