This week at SecularHomeschool.com we're celebrating our freedom - - the freedom to explore the world around us without the restrictions of classroom time tables, permission slips, or bus parking. As homeschoolers, we can follow our curiosities on a whim, and turn almost any excursion into a field trip.
When we're new to homeschooling, we tend to think of field trips in the more traditional sense - - a trip to the science museum, the zoo, or a historical exhibit. But as we get comfortable with the "learning happens everywhere" mantra, field trips take on a wider scope
. A visit to the dentist, for instance, can turn into a learning adventure if you touch base with the office ahead of time and ask for a behind-the-scenes tour of the operations. If you aren't afraid to ask, the manager of your local feed and seed store might just be thrilled to fill you in on the status of the local agricultural scene, and current problems farmers are facing.
One of the most important tools at your disposal are your local event calendars. Both print and online newspapers often post upcoming happenings in a calendar format, but you can also check and bookmark event calendars from your local tourism website, music venues, non-profits, and recreational parks. "Playing the tourist" in your own area is one of the least expensive and most rewarding perks of homeschooling.
Learning happens while traveling too, though. Day trips or vacations are always opportunities to add to your education. And finding those opportunities can happen on a whim with the help of websites and apps on your tablet or smartphone. Here are a few to bookmark for your next adventure:
If you have a favorite field trip, how about sharing it in the state
-specific group forum so that other SHS'ers can benefit from your experience? And join us all week here on SecularHomeschool.com and in our social networks as we'll be continuing the celebration of our freedom by sharing more tips and trips about field trips!