Do you take field trips with your homeschoolers? We are blessed to belong to a homeschool group that plans field trips for us, but I still plan some just for us once in a while. Listed below are some girly field trips for you and your daughters.
Many of these are places you can visit as a consumer and simply handle the leading yourself. However, many companies are more than willing to work with homeschoolers. Call ahead and see if you can get a behind-the-scenes tour. Find a group of friends to go with and you’ll have even more fun.
Preparing for a Field Trip
Don’t be afraid to ask. Even if it’s just you and your kids, the majority of businesses you contact will be happy to arrange a tour. Be willing to be flexible on the time and make sure you tell the person on the phone how your kids will benefit from such a trip.
Be considerate of the place you’re visiting. Show up on time and with the number you were approved for. Of course it is a problem to show up with too many guests, but it can be even worse when you’ve made a reservation for 20 and only 3 show up. If you’re inviting a group, getting payment ahead of time will help with no-shows.
Make a donation. If the field trip is free, and it would be appropriate, then make a small donation to thank them for their time.
Prep your kids. Remind your kids to listen politely, keep their hands to themselves, and ask intelligent questions. I went on a week-long trip with my daughter’s sixth grade class, and the teacher gave the students points if they asked intelligent questions of the docents and tour guides. I was pretty impressed with the questions the kids asked, and the docents were very pleased, too.
Follow up. Have your kids write a thank you note after the trip.
Ideas for Girly Field Trips.
Sports that she might like to try, but you can’t afford on a regular basis. Does your daughter dream of owning a horse or get misty eyed watching ice skating during the winter Olympics? You might not be able to afford regular lessons, but a one-time tour or group lesson could be done.
Businesses of interest. Is your daughter into puppies or is she a budding artist? Plan a visit to a business that will give her an insider’s look.
Field Trips that Encourage Homemaking skills. Encourage your daughter’s homemaking skills with thoughtfully planned field trips.
Grocery store. Take a day or to learn about nutrition and meal planning, and then let your daughter plan a day’s worth of meals and create a shopping list. Go shopping and help her navigate the store. This can be adapted to fit your girl’s age.
Volunteer. Nurture your daughter’s nurturing side. Volunteer at a food bank, homeless shelter, animal shelter, or the church nursery. If a behind-the-scenes tour is available, take one. In addition to fostering compassion, she’ll learn the organization, skill, and thought that goes into some of these seemingly simple ministries. She might even find a lifelong passion for ministry!
A Restaurant. Is there a restaurant you frequent or a chef you’re friends with? Ask if your girl can spend a couple hours in the kitchen, or get a lesson during off-hours. Offer to pay for their time. Perhaps a pastry-making lesson could be arranged! Of course, you’ll have to be willing to taste-test 🙂
A Garden or Nursery. Learning to grow plants and take tender care of them will be priceless! In fact, I think I need to arrange a field trip like this for myself.
A Fabric Shop. Browse fabrics and sewing supplies if you can’t get a tour. You can let your girl choose a pattern to take home and complete. Just looking through the pattern books would inspire many things!
An Interior Design business. A designer willing to share her secrets and lots of examples would make for a fun day, wouldn’t it?
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