Many of the benefits of classroom outings are unquantifiable. So are field trips really a valuable educational experience?
I would argue yes! An important part of learning is exploring new environments. Homeschool field trips are a wonderful way of expanding a child's horizons. A new place and new experiences can have an amazing effect within your homeschool.
Educational Benefits of Field Trips
Bringing an area of study to life. There is nothing like seeing tools used by ancient people (for example) to really bring history alive. Going on a visit to learn how to do something will enrich the experience in a way that reading about it never could.
Seeing things in a different environment can help children make connections. Sometimes seeing something for real, or touching it, can be a breakthrough in learning.
Can accomodate different learning styles - we all learn in different ways. Field trips can allow children more scope in experiencing types of learning.
Gives you access to resources not available in the classroom or at home. Artifacts or architecture for example, are best seen.
Helps pull together disparate information. Field trips can be a good way of 'summarizing' an area of study for a child.
Socialization. Field trips introduce children to new and varied social situations. Allowing them to meet someone with a passion for a subject can spark their own enthusiasm.
Introduction to a wider variety of role models.
Incease knowledge and understanding of a subject.
Add realism to a topic.
Allows children to display different sides of their personality. Children react differently in different social situations, and an outing gives them the opportunity to explore this.
Increased motivation and interest in a subject.
A way of following the child's interests. In some areas - like horse riding - only a field trip will do!
Give everyone a break! Sometimes you just need to get away from your studies for a while and go do something fun. Not educational in itself - but relaxation is an important part of any study program.
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