Field trips are one of the best parts of homeschooling. Field trips give you the opportunity to take a break from the ordinary while opening a world of learning opportunities. Here are some great ideas for fall field trips for your homeschool family.
Field trips are one of the best parts of homeschooling. Field trips give you the opportunity to take a break from the ordinary while opening a world of learning opportunities. Field trips allow you to bring history to life and open opportunities for hands-on learning that you can’t recreate at home. With the cool fall weather comes many great field trip opportunities that you can take advantage of.
Apple Themed Field Trips
Apple orchards and cider mills are perfect places to visit in the fall. From picking your own apples to watching the cider press turn apples into sweet juice you can learn a lot on a trip to one of these fall favorites. I love opportunities for kids to learn where food comes from up close and personal. It can be a big factor in teaching kids about healthy eating and sustainable living.
Head to the Pumpkin Patch
Speaking of great opportunities to get up close and personal with food growing a trip to the pumpkin patch can be another great opportunity. Pumpkin patches offer fun activities and an opportunity to pick your own pumpkin right from the fields. Opt for one growing pie pumpkins and take the time to turn those pumpkins into fresh pumpkin pie to round out this fall field trip.
One of the best parts of fall is watching the leaves change colors as the tree go dormant for the winter. Take a ride on a fall leaf train tour to really enjoy this opportunity. Not only can your child observe the leaves as they take on a rainbow of bright colors they can also observe as wildlife around the train prepares for the winter. Ask if your child can take a tour of the train for an extra special lesson they will always remember.
Another fall staple perfect for a homeschool field trip is a corn maze. Ask for a printout map of the maze or pull up an aerial shot of it on your phone before you go. Have your kids use this map to navigate their way out of the maze. While less traditional than wondering your way through it can be a great opportunity to teach your children how to find their way around using a map. This is a dying skill kids need to learn.
Historical site events are a great opportunity to get hands-on with history. In the fall before closing down for the winter, many historical sites host large events perfect for taking your homeschoolers on a field trip too. Look for one with a live reenactment. If no historical sites are offering reenactments in your area check with your local reenactment groups to see when they have a scheduled event that you can take advantage of.
Fall is packed with festivals. From renaissance festivals to apple festivals the fall doesn’t disappoint on events that make perfect memorable field trips. Check your local events on Facebook or stop in and chat with your local librarian to find festivals you can take advantage of for your fall field trips. I recommend you grab some books to go along with it for a well-rounded experience your kids will remember.
These are just a few fun ideas to help you have a great fall season with your kids. Now, head out there and plan some field trips for your homeschool!