Hopefully the last blog inspired you to go on a few more field tirps, but how do to you make sure you are getting the most from your excursions? Well, there are several things that come to mind.
First, go prepared. For example, a trip to an art museum is always fun and children are quick to have favorites and recognize beauty. However, there is a whole different experience available to the child who walks into that museum with a little preparation. If they have read about one of the artists, learned funny stories about their childhood, they begin to feel an affinity for them and viewing their work is like meeting an old friend. It becomes a personal experience. The museum trip will hopefully generate interest to learn more. Exploit this. If your child expresses an interest in something they have seen on the trip, find ways to pursue that.
Second, all of us are used to google now, so go check out the internet before you head out the door. It’s a great idea to check out websites and prep your kids for what they will be seeing. Prepping your kids for a new field trip has never been easier. With the advent of the internet we have the world at our fingertips and the more your prep the more this will allow your child to enter more fully into the experience.
Thirdly, after a field trip is over the learning experience hasn’t ended. There are many productive ways to wrap up the experience. Most of us are looking for ways to get our kids to write…how about having them write a note to Grandma about what they saw and learned. If you have taken photos or purchased postcards of the trip they could put them together into a short book to share with family. Maybe they could write a poem, a story, or create a poster. Whatever you chose to do, having your children create some kind of summation of the trip, as elaborate or simple as you want, will help them process and remember what they have learned.