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Field Trips

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If there isn’t a wall plaque that says, “Life is a Field Trip,” then there should be. In our school-tainted minds, field trip is synonymous with packing a sack lunch, boarding a big vehicle, and going to a predetermined location armed with a permission slip signed by a legal guardian.

We all went on field trips during our school days. I went to pumpkin patches, museums, and the Wonder Bread Factory around the second grade. I didn’t learn a whole bunch … I mostly goofed off with my friends. I see field trip groups sometimes when we visit places as a family. Large groups of kids on yellow buses swarm the place. Luckily, we’ve figured out that they leave shortly after lunch and try to time our visits to coincide with their departure.

Summer is the perfect time for field trips because all the schools are on recess and don’t clog things up. But here’s the deal: field trips don’t have to be learning-driven; they can be FAMILY-driven. So anywhere the family goes … is a field TRIP!!!

Need a few ideas?

  • A state or city park
  • A nature center
  • The lake, ocean, or creek
  • Your yard
  • A nearby ministry where you can volunteer
  • Grandparents’ house for some chores
  • A friend’s farm
  • A local business/factory (call ahead)
  • The local dump
  • A car wash
  • A big playground
  • A local museum
  • A big city you don’t live in
  • The library

Of course the list is endless, the process is not always fun, and it never goes according to plan … but it’s still worth it.

Life’s a field trip and be real,



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Field trips and geography are a perfect team! What better way to explore the world around us than to go and see it firsthand? But there are places in the world that field trips cannot reach. Perhaps a trip for six to another continent isn’t practical. Or maybe you’d like to explore the Sahara Desert–from a shady spot. A solid geography course can take you and your family around the world from the comfort of your home.

Geography doesn’t stop there, however. In our modern times, a comprehensive view of our world is not only helpful, it is essential. That’s the need Tyler Hogan’s Geography lessons so beautifully and creatively meet. His geography course can help your children discover and understand the world around them.

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