When you're planning your homeschool program, be sure to include several field trips, as they present fun and engaging opportunities for learning. Selecting the right destination for you and your daughter requires ample planning. Here's a checklist of items you should go over before deciding on a field trip location:
1. Consider cost
Homeschooling requires careful financial planning - you have to purchase important materials like books, notebooks, pens, markers and other supplies. Add field trips to your budget list and figure out how much you can spend to help you narrow down potential locations.
2. Consult your calendar
Make sure the trip you're planning doesn't coincide with any other family or homeschoool plans. You may also want to schedule the field trip to intersect with what you're teaching in the homeschool classroom. For instance, you might want to visit the history museum the same week you're teaching your daughter about all of the U.S. presidents.
3. Visit the site beforehand
It's always a good idea to make a visit to the site without your daughter first, because doing a prescreening can help you figure out your day. This way, you'll be able to appropriately plan for field trip activities and accommodate any special needs she may have. You can also determine where to eat lunch and ask the staff any questions you might have such as "When is the best time to come?" or "Do you have any educational programs we can take part in?"
4. Talk to parents in your homeschool co-op
If you're running out of places you and your daughter can go for a field trip, talk to other families in your homeschool co-op. They may have some ideas of where you can go, and they'll likely have a few tips of how you can best navigate the location.