As we are gearing up for our school year, I am in over-drive planning mode. I’m sure this is the case for many of you that have not yet begun your school year.
Field trips are a big part of our schooling. In fact, it is one of the things that I consider a big benefit of homeschooling – that you can take field trips to correlate with your subjects. Or just because it’s a valuable experience and a way to get out of the house and mix it up a little.
This year we are studying Creation to Pre-Reformation age in history. We will be focusing on Ancient Egypt, Mythology, and the country of Africa in geography. In science we will be focusing on Biology, and in American history, we will be reviewing the states and capitals from last year as well as focusing on the founding colony states. In music, we will be studying the Orchestra, Ballet, and Opera. In Art, we will be focusing on a few particular artists (I have pinpointed this yet.)
So, as we are planning our year of school, books, and projects, thus begins the plans for field trips. I’m very excited to be planning this a little better this year. I’m looking forward to being smart about our field trip. Therefore, planning them is a key to feeling good about incorporating our field trip. Some correspond with our studies and some are just for fun! Either way, they will be a great, educational fun time.
Here are 10 field trips I have planned for this year.
1- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, Indiana – Egypt exhibit
2- Connor Prairie Interactive History Park, Noblesville IN – Old Fashioned County Fair
3- Indiana State Museum, Indianapolis IN – Diggin’ Archeology and Ice Age Animals
4- Indianapolis Opera, Indiana IN – see an opera
5- Mounds State Park, Anderson IN – aviary, archeological digs
6- Fort Wayne Zoo – Ft Wayne IN – see the tortoises
7- Fair Oaks Farms, Winnemac, IN – dairy/chees farm
8- Clowes Hall, Butler University, Indianapolis IN – Puppet show and Ballet
9- Stoney Brook Farms, Noblesville IN – fall pumpkin picking
10- Kokomo Symphony Youth Orchestra, Kokomo IN – youth orchestra concert
What do you have planned this year? Any suggestions where we need to go?
Barbara Klein says
Check with a fine arts museum in your area to see when they will be having a traveling exhibit. You might have something that will fit in with your curriculum–especially art. Chicago has some great museums too.
Don’t forget to cook with your kids!
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Good points, thanks. I will have to check on the traveling exhibits, I always forget about them. And, yes, cooking is a great way to incorporate some fun into the week. I hope to get better at letting the kids cook with me, I tend to forget they are quite capable. Thanks.
Barbara Klein says
Tawnee–I just posted a recipe on my blog for secret oatmeal pancakes–a good way to get lots of fruit and fiber into children’s diets.
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Thanks, I’ll have to go check that out. Thanks for stopping by Barb!