Homeschool Field Trips

in #homeedders2 years ago

We have been busy little bees on the homestead....this includes homeschooling. Homeschooling doesn't have to be boring! It doesn't have to be bookwork all the time! Yesterday we took an adventure to the downtown area where we stopped at the library to explore, pick out new books, check out their educational games and puzzles. Then we stopped at a little shop to grab a drink. Kaliah got to practice her money and social skills by ordering and paying for her order, checking her change and all. We then stopped by the big Magnolia tree in our downtown area to admire its beauty. That sparked some conversation. Child-led learning is an amazing thing. We picked up some of the interesting seed pods and toyed with craft ideas we could do with them. Then we looked up more information about magnolia trees and found out some really cool being that they are an ancient tree, here even before bees, and they have evolved to accommodate the bees. There were a lot of other interesting facts, some new even to me, that we learned in our study!!

Today we took another field trip with some friends to the science museum, but not before submersing ourselves in the city culture of downtown Raleigh. We don't get out to the city often so it's always a nice treat when we do. We walked the downtown area in search of a cool little coffee shop to sit and enjoy a little breakfast. We got to sit and snack while we chatted. I enjoyed a City Spice late. It was delicious! it had cayenne pepper, cocoa, honey, cold-brewed coffee, and cream. The buttered croissant was out of this world delicious!


On our walk, we enjoy the sites and sounds of downtown before we headed to explore the science museum. We had tons of fun at the museum exploring things from dinosaurs to 3D printers, and everything in between. We looked at nature creatures, we looked at DNA and the human body, we looked at planets and space. We even went into the butterfly room to see the live butterflies and to feel and hear what it is like to be in a tropical forest. It was such an amazing day of fun-filled learning with friends.


Here we got to play with an awesome topographic sandbox! It was so interesting!

Can you see him?
Here is a little closer look.....
It's an Owl Butterfly!! Neat!!

Here the girls had to complete the circuit to make the tools work. They decided to hold each others hands to complete it together!

They enjoyed looking at the dinosaur exhibits.
Exploring the dinosaur box of treasures....

Here they explored how tall they were in comparison to nature creatures. Kaliah is as tall as a corn snake is long! Haha.

They got to check out a 3D printer live in action! It was making little trinkets. They were able to put their hand in front of the camera and see how it captures an image in 3D and can print out an exact replica of their hand! It was pretty cool.

We left the house at 9:30 am and didn't return until just before dark. We weren't in the house even 5 minutes before Kaliah fell fast asleep at the table. I only turned my head for a few moments to get her a drink before she was snoring and all. I'd say it was quite a successful day of fun, learning, and adventure!

Bookwork is great but it really is nice to take those field trips and have fun while you learn! Everyday life, adventures, and experiences are just as if not more educational then the books! Getting out in nature, submerging in the culture, enjoying friends, adventures, experiences....these are things the kids will not forget. It's such a healthy way to fill their heads with knowledge and their hearts with love. These are moments that mark a lifetime of memories.

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I love Magnolia trees, but had no idea about their evolution! 😀

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Great adventure for the children and made them learn a lot.

They did learn a lot. It was so much fun to watch their expressions and see them curiously wander around.

Your children have the greatest teachers that they could ever hope for.

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Now I want to organise a field trip for my youngest, who is 16!

Do it!! You won't regret it!! We love taking field trips. We try to make even the simplest of field trips educational....even a trip to the grocery store! Reading labels, seek and find games, counting money, etc. I'm sure you can plan an amazing field trip your 16 yr old would love.

That sounded like a very fun day. I love going to the museum with our boy... he wants to see everything and play with everything that is interactive. Play can be more than books for sure.

Can't wait for our main museum to reopen (they closed 3 years ago for major renovations, should be reopening next year). Looks like a great day! And a long one, not surprised your little one zonked right out at the end XD

Ahh reminds me of when mine were that small and would do the same which was fine if we were in the car but not so much when we were taking the train XD

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It looks like everyone had a great time and learnt a few things along the way. That's very cool. Homeschooling is not a thing, over here. In fact, I even believe it's forbidden. Kids must go to school, so says the law. 😒

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that looks like such a great day, my 3 girls would love that, I took them to the science museum in Dublin when we were in Ireland, they were so impressed, it didn't have any interact things though. Thanks for sharing you magic day with us and for the info about the magnolia tree, that is really cool xxx

That is awesome @kindredacres. I think that trips like those are the ones that make the biggest impression and the kiddos learn the most.

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