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What do you define as a "field trip"? Does a weekly trip to the grocery store count? Impromptu "backstage" tour of the donut shop? Preplanned and organized group tour somewhere?<br><br>
How often does your family go on field trips?<br><br>
What has been your most favorite field trip? Why?<br><br>
What are some of your best tips on successful field trips as a family or as a group?<br><br>
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You could really call anything a "field trip" - it all depends on how you see it. If you see a field trip as going somewhere out of your home (a "trip") where you may see/do/learn/experience interesting things, then the whoe world is your "field trip"! That said, many people adhere to the "school" definition of a field trip - an organized outing with many children to a specific destination for a specific purpose.<br><br>
We do both kinds of field trips - the every day kind like walking to the bank to make a deposit or, seeing the fire house & fire fighters while walking to the park near our house - as well as the organized kind - I have 2 trips coming up that I have organized for my homeschool group, the first to a nature preserve to pick apples and make our own cider and the other to the historical society to learn about native Americans and the natural resources they used. We also do a third kind of field trip - we have playgroup twice a week and will often plan to meet at a farm to pick peaches or apples, or go to the beach/nature center. These trips aren't formally organized, but they aren't our every day, errand running or playground days.<br><br>
Our favorite field trips are always to farms and festivals. This weekend, we went to a Scarecrow Festival and made our own scarecrow as a family. It was a lot of fun! And dd asks almost daily when we will go picking (it doesn't matter what - she just loves to be at the farm picking something!) again. And if there are animals at whatever farm we choose, that's even better!<br><br>
Tips for a successful group field trip: Planning and advance payment (if payment is required). If you do not require advanced payment, you will end up footing the bill when people don't show up. And be ready for anything - if you go with a strict agenda in mind, you will be very disappointed when your kids would rather hang on the chains near the greenhouse than finish building the scarecrow (as dd did this weekend - she was still having fun, getting a farm experience, getting out physical energy).
 
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