Recently, my kids and I have been on a serious road trip across Texas. Over 800 miles – one way. Texas is HUGE!
I was so excited being in a hotel room with little distractions and lots of homeschooling to get done.
Field trips can be a lot more rewarding if you plan just a little.
- If you know you are going to visit a certain area, call the area Chamber of Commerce and ask for any brochures or fun things for children to do in their town. Sometimes they might even have coupons for area businesses. They also have nuggets that usually aren’t featured anywhere else.
- Contact the State’s Travel Site. Texas has an awesome travel book that highlights each towns’ claim to fame. Plus, it is free.
- Go to your library. Check out books that feature people who helped form that area’s existence. We used a series of books called Legendary Texians. This helped us understand who Judge Roy Bean was and why we didn’t want to follow in his footsteps. We had stopped at his “courthouse.”
- Contact a local homeschooler co-op leader. Who better to know what field trips to do in an area than a local homeschooler? I did this when visiting El Paso – talk about a plethora of information. Deb Roennebeck of Vista Hills Homeschool Ministry gave me tons of ideas that were not on the map. Not to mention, when I got ill – she helped me find a doctor. I love how homeschooling helps build a bridge.
- Make a Lapbook to learn more about the area. This also provides a place for all those brochures you can pick up at the local travel centers.
- Give your child a camera and let him or her do a photo diary. This will also let you in on their perspective and what is important to them.
- Give an assignment of writing an obituary of a famous person from the area. Gives the child a chance to really learn about how the person was important and how they made a difference to others.
I would love to hear how you make trips more “educational.” Let me know in the comments!
Blessings to you! You are loved!