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A homeschool teacher's checklist for field trips

You spend a good amount of time during your homeschool program preparing your daughter for your upcoming field trip, but are you prepared? You can never be too organized when it comes to planning for an educational visit, whether it's to the zoo, police station, aquarium or pumpkin patch. Have this checklist of items by your side when you're getting ready to go to make sure you have everything you need:

Snacks
When kids are hungry, they tend to become a bit irritable. Instead of the focus being on the location of your field trip, it can quickly turn to her rumbling tummy. This is why it's crucial to have a few healthy snacks she can munch on that will calm her hunger and provide her with the energy she needs to finish the day. Here are a few easy-to-carry snacks that are also healthy:

  • Granola bars
  • Apples
  • Water
  • Pretzels
  • Low-sugar cereal
  • Whole wheat turkey wraps
  • String cheese
  • Fresh fruit
  • Applesauce

Cellphone
You'll want to stay off of your phone during the field trip to help your daughter really soak in the experience, but it's necessary to have your phone on you in case of emergencies. Of course, if you have a smartphone, it can come in handy to look up certain facts about what you might be seeing. For instance, should your daughter have a question about lions when you're at the zoo, you can just look it up on your phone if there's not an expert nearby.

Camera
Document the experience by bringing a camera along. This is a great way to help your daughter recall certain parts of the day, and can come in handy when doing post-field trip activities.

First-aid kit
Keep a small first-aid kit in your purse full of Band-Aids and any medication your daughter may need in case of an emergency.

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