This week our homeschool field trip had to take place at home. Our basement flooded due to the sump pump going out and I had to wait for the plumber to arrive and help. We did not do anything amazing, but did some interest led learning, extra practice, and reading. It’s ok to spend a day enhancing a hobby or reading a stack of library books.
Our stack of library books to read through were about the weather, blizzards, rain, and how to record the weather. My younger two kids and I sat down to work through some of the weather books we checked out. We did visit Ancient Rome for a bit. Books will take kids on field trips to places they have never physically visited. Books are great to take kids on a great day full of imagination.
I wanted to have our weather station science experiment set up to let them see how they can capture and record rain, but then the plumber arrived. I had to be available in the basement to answer his questions or be of any assistance.
My kids will read all day if allowed to read what interests them. I chose the subject when we went to the library, and they picked out the books. It is nice when they retain all of the information because the book holds their attention. After reading the educational books, we looked through some of the books we have at home.
Homeschool Field Trip Piano Practice
The boys’ are in a piano contest in May and their music needs more practice. Our homeschool field trip day took us to the piano for a little extra work. Field trips are supposed to be about hands on learning. Piano is the hands on learning that my kids do for music. I try to keep a good mix of hands on learning and workbooks. Since I had to make it an official field trip day, that meant no workbooks. As homeschoolers it is nice that we are able to leave once a week for music lessons and enjoy that freedom.
Our field trip days will not all look the same. Going different places is a lot of fun. Sometimes our home is the destination. This week the kids learned responsibility by staying home and handling a problem. Too many times we want to run out on the responsibility and handle it later, and then later I have double the clean up work. This week was a look into the day of a plumber, and how to handle a flood in the basement.
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