View Poll Results: What's the most extreme travel/field tripping you've done for homeschooling?

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  • We travel abroad mostly for the educational value.

    5 11.36%
  • Road tripping for weeks on end to try and see everything!

    6 13.64%
  • We've done some overnights camping or traveling mostly for the educational value of it.

    8 18.18%
  • Daytripping to nearby sites.

    13 29.55%
  • We enjoy our local spots, but if it's more than an hour away, forget it.

    5 11.36%
  • I think I once took my kids to the grocery store and called it educational.

    4 9.09%
  • You mean I'm supposed to do field trips!?!?

    3 6.82%
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    Default What's the most extreme travel/field tripping you've done for homeschooling?

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    Hm, do you enjoy polls, Farrar?

    Let's see, since we have lived overseas (2 different countries for me, 3 for my son) over the past 3 years, I chose "local spots". We really don't have a need to take long field trips far away because, hey, everything around us is new! Here in England, we've visited the Butterfly & Wildlife Park in King's Lynn (about 45 minutes from us), Bury St. Edmunds where we can see Abbey Gardens, and the Mildenhall Warren Lodge (very local).

    In Korea, we explored Buraksan Park and most of Pyongtaek, including a place that did military re-enactments and made rice dough (so tasty).

    We are considering spending a few nights at Legoland Windsor in London... That's more than an hour away and totally counts as an educational field trip, right?
    Wendy
    Mumsy to Gavin (13-year-old artsy boy) and Rowan (3-year-old disco queen)

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    Pretty much just daytrips, but we're looking to change that.
    Dad (39) to 2 DSs Hurricane (aka Nathan, 11) and Tornado (aka Trevor, 7)
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    We stay local, but Boston has so many things to see that we never lack field trip opportunities. I'd love to take the kids to NYC and DC some day.
    Mother of two monkeys...daughter age 10 and son age 11.5.

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    I picked daytrips too, but we're planning to visit more out of state places since they are getting older. We're tying in a trip to Gettysburg soon with a visit to family in PA.
    Homeschooling two boys, ages 7 and 11

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    We have an RV, so I voted "road tripping for weeks on end" although that may be a bit of an exaggeration. Our longest trip so far was only 17 nights. But we've managed to cover many of the major attractions between Key West and Nova Scotia.
    Myra
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    I'd love for us to get out more but we simply can't right now. But they do play outside daily with ps kids in the neighorhood even when it's cold. But when we do get out more, it'll be mostly local with the ocassional trip to visit family in the same state.

    I voted for the grocery store!
    Wife and Homeschool mom to 6

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    Dh and I love to travel in general and I feel like "hey, it's also homeschooling!" is now the excuse. So that was Africa. Hard to say it was really because of homeschooling, but we tried to take full advantage of the educational value. We haven't road tripped for days on end, but we have camped with our co-op and for science before and taken trips to see things mostly for homeschool reasons. Often we just dovetail things though. We just got back from seeing my mom, but part of the reason we went now was so we could take BalletBoy to see part of the American Dance Festival. We're studying the 19th century right now, so we did a plantation and some civil war stuff on the way down and back.

    But I respect that some people are homebodies too. I do actually think the grocery store is educational. Also, The Price is Right. Because it's important to know how much stuff costs.
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    I'm not sure what to answer! We always look for educational stuff when we are traveling, but that was even before we homeschooled. My older daughter complained about us dragging her around battlefields until she actually studied them in school and found out that she was the authority in the class. When we lived in VA, we spent a lot of time at Williamsburg, Yorktown, Jamestown, and Yorktown Battlefield, because it was fun and we enjoyed it. I did take the little one out of school twice to go to Disney, and had her make journals of the trip, do the passports in Epcot and Animal Kingdom, and work on Girl Scout badges, so yeah, even Disney turns into an educational trip for us...I haven't got a chance to take her overseas yet, but I want to go back to England with her (I only had 5 days in London myself). How about "Life is a Field Trip?"
    Army Wife homeschooling the MaryMonster, age 10 going on 30.

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    Does Bronycon count as educational? I suppose the Cross Bronx Expressway in 100 degree heat was educational, but not in a good way.

    Mostly we stick pretty close to home. An hour or two is generally the most I'm willing to travel.
    Kara

    Mom to one, 18 year old son.

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