Cheryl - posted on 08/22/2009
We've gone to many places; Civil War reenactments, museums, zoos, Police Station...Once we did a unit study on Abraham Lincoln and then spent a week camping at Lincoln State Park in southern Indiana. That was fun and educational. But our all-time favorite field trip happened at the end of a school year after I'd read all of the Little House books to the children. We ended up going to Missouri and camped for a week between St. Louis (visiting the zoo, the Arch & museum, Holocaust Museum, Science Museum...all free!) and Mansfield, where Laura Ingalls wrote the Little House books. It was a WONDERFUL experience. But it's been several years ago and though the older children remember the trip, the younger ones don't (a few weren't yet born). This year we are doing the Little House Primer and plan to return to Missouri for another family vacation. Can't wait!
Mary - posted on 03/12/2009
My kids are older now. Youngest is 14.
Nowadays we go on camping trips to places we have never been, cities we have never been. It makes for a great adventure.
When they were younger we went to the local city freebies. On certain days of the week the expensive sights are fee. We have been to local art museums, Theater productions, campgrounds, state parks, zoos, City Hall, gardens and more than a few cemetaries (they are full of history lessons!).
We used to travel alot racing BMX and I would always find a museum or two along the way. I called these "homeschooling moments".
Have fun while learning about life!!
Jennifer - posted on 02/23/2009
Are Christian school in the area is having a travelogue on Egypt, the pyramids pharoahs, and myths about Egypt and I was thinking about taking our kids to that for a history/geography lesson, I think they would really enjoy that and its not very expensive. I try to look for fun things like that every once in awhile, to bring a little variety into the subjects. We also like to do things with the kids outdoors or little vacations so they can learn a different way, besides sitting in the class room all of the time.
Linda - posted on 02/19/2009
I did a lot of field trips when my kids were younger--it gets harder as they have more work. Being in the northeast, we've done a lot of historical field trips: Sturbridge village, Plimoth Plantation, the Constitution, Boston. We also combine family vacations with field trips to Gettysburg, Monticello, Washington DC, Mount Vernon, Fort Ticonderoga, St. Augustine, Kennedy Space Center, Statue of Liberty, etc.
We also to go a lot of museums, aquariums, and zoos.
We did a lot of local field trips to newspapers, homemade ice cream shops, grocery stores, newspapers, apple orchards, etc. Many businesses are happy to show children the "behind the scene" view with a little notice beforehand.
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