Fall is upon us and school is in full swing. It’s so easy to get caught up in our curriculum that we forget about one of the great opportunities of homeschooling – field trips!
Field trips can be great catalysts for learning and great ways to give the teacher and the students a much needed break. Fall is a great time to get in some once a year kind of field trips that can be educational and memorable.
Our family loves to visit our local apple orchards. My son especially enjoys picking his own apples. He likes to look at the charts in the apple barn to determine what kind of apple he is looking for. My daughter likes the petting zoo with the goats, llamas, ponies, rabbits and other critters. Me? I’m a fan of the bakery.
We live in the mid-west. My husband and I both grew up in farm families, so fall brings to mind combines, corn and beans. We are friends with a local farmer who lets our kids ride in the combine an afternoon or two during harvest. They get to drive up and down the fields and learn about the harvesting process. Find a local farmer in your area to tag along with this fall.
Fall is a beautiful time of year to hit the trails. The changing leaves. The fallen nuts on the ground. The smell of fall in the air. The comfortable temperatures. There are lots to see and learn about this time of year.
We live just 20 miles from the pumpkin capital of the US – Morton, IL. Needless to say, we have lots of pumpkin patches and fields. Our kids enjoy picking out their own and bringing them home to carve. Carving pumpkins can be a great science lesson. Last year, I posted lots of pumpkin unit study ideas at The Homeschool Scientist. Check it out for some great ideas for your family.