|A field trip to the Fire Museum.|
|Field Trip to a Music Academy and my son playing the trumpet from the Instrument Zoo.|
We have a great group of volunteer leaders who come up with, coordinate and help lead the groups. We have divided our group into three areas (preschool, elementary, and 5th and up) for our field trips and activities. We also offer classes, play dates, and art specific days. We also have something unique that where we have a monthly topic that students will prepare an oral presentation and talk in front of the participants for 2-3 minutes on that topic. This upcoming month we have a field trip to DNR (Department of Natural Resources) where we will be dissecting a quid and learning about sea turtle ecology. There is also another all ages field trip to a kettlecorn company, Water Missions, and a Lego bricks class.
|Horse Farm field trip|
|Family Field trip to Historic Coast Guard ship|
Another thing we have added to our schedule over the last 3.5 years is ice skating. My children are quite proficient and have pretty great skills. ;) They've also participated in the Christmas show over the last 3 years AND they participated the last 2 years in a local competition. I have been really proud of their efforts. But in order to do those shows and competitions it requires extra practice.
|Arianna during a spiral during her Spring Exhibition.|
|Audrie doing a scratch spin.|
|Seanan working on his spiral during a practice session.|
We attend a homeschool class on Friday mornings. The class lasts an hour, but then we usually hang out for several more hours. We pack our lunch and we pack our school work. They skate and when they need a rest we work on the one on one subjects. Then later we do our together work or we can do some of it over the weekend.
This year there is a possibility that I will be starting one or two classes where the students will come to a specified location and I will be a teacher. The parents in our group like when these are offered and it will help the students to learn certain things all together -- like Latin or cooking.
I hope this has given you a peek into how we take school 'Outside the Home'. Be sure and take LOTS of pictures while you are out and about. And remember not every child will like the same thing, but you may have to limit your activities a little or you'll be constantly going. Take time each semester or year to re-evaluate your activities. And one more word of advice ... count your activities, classes, and field trips as school. This is one of the freedoms that comes from being a homeschool family.
I do try and post more about our field trips on my Instagram page and on my Facebook blog page. You can keep in touch with us there. What do you do outside the home???