In case you have not noticed we love field trips in this family. In Fact, we thrive off of them. I still remember the day we visited the Cracker House Museum. My little Monkey looked around at the old house with its hand pump well and was tubs as we discussed how people used to live. Her eyes looked up at me shining as she said: “You mean history is REAL?” Yes, I will never forget that moment it clicked.
As parents, we rejoice in those moments of wonder where our children begin to learn and understand the world around them. With field trips, we can bring history to life and take the subject most commonly known for boring text books to a whole new level.
Children thrive when we get them up out of the house learning. Watching Thomas Edison talk about how he invented the light bulb (Green Field Village, Detroit MI) or sitting on the desk of a one room school-house are moments your child will never forget.
I distinctly remember a day in middle school watching a Civil War reenactment. I have no memory of anything I saw in the history textbook. I remember the exhilaration of pounding foraged steel as if it was yesterday but only vaguely remember coloring a sheet of paper about how tools were made.
Look for field trips match the current topic
When studying Native Americans check your local reservation, Many offer museums and even tours.
Live near part of the Oregon Trail? We loved doing our unit study on it and visiting a stop on the trail back in Kansas.
Get up close and personal with slave history by visiting an old plantation. Nothing like a first hand look at the living conditions to see the difference in times. A you-pick farm on a sunny day quickly helps your child understand the toils of slaves n away they would never learn in a text-book.