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The Importance of Field Trips

Field Trips are important to help bridge the gap between education and hands-on experience. Just look to private and charter schools as examples, you will see that field trips are a vital requirement of their educational curriculum. It is here where public schools lack funding and effort to have more access to providing field trips for its students.

Studies published by RAFT, Resource Area for Teaching, show “Teachers who conduct hands-on learning activities on a weekly basis out-perform their peers by more than 70% of a grade level in math and 40% of a grade level in science.” I believe if we had more field trips, education would be more creative and effective in getting kids to successfully graduate high school and college. As well as preparing them to make big differences to communities and life as we know it. Field trips are crucial for every student to acquire increased knowledge, culture and hands-on experience. Hands-on experience produce questions and answers that help shape a child’s future.

Here are a few thoughts that are brought up as more field trips are experienced:

1. Show me how to do it, so I can be successful.

2. I can see what it looks like at first glance.

3. The experience is in my memory. When I need to use it as a reference it will be available.

4. I participated in an activity, therefore I know feel more confident about my abilities.

5. Learning is fun when I get to explore and ask questions. I want to do more.

6. What if I want to study and work in this field?

7. I now know that my community supports me and I have access to the information.

Please consider planning more field trips. It will change how you look at education and how you see your community. I am on a journey to help others be aware the need for field trips. Right now a great thing is happening. A local museum is highlighting the importance of field trips by running a campaign. The Zimmer Children’s Museum is hoping to raise funds to offer free field trips to Head-Start Programs and Kindergarteners. You can help by donating.  They hope to raise $25,000 by Labor Day. A $10 donation will sponsor one Head Start student to attend a field trip.

Tell others the importance of field trips and together we can make a difference in our children’s lives. “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!”. Helen Keller

Happy Parenting,

Field Trip Mom
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**All views and opinions expressed are my own. I did not receive compensation to write this post.

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TerriAnn @ Cookies & Clogs

Friday 31st of August 2012

Letting children learn hands-on is the best method for teaching new concepts as well as solidify others. I homeschool my daughter and know she gets WAY more out of field trips than reading a textbook!


Friday 31st of August 2012

My kids have been on some invaluable field trips, no doubt. There have also been a couple of time-wasters. I think it's important to consider the purpose of the field trip, the destination and the educational component. Class trips also build solidarity, which is nice.

Desiree Eaglin

Friday 31st of August 2012

I totally agree that field trips are an extension of education. I love taking my kids everywhere!


Friday 31st of August 2012

Great info, Alma! Hands-on learning sticks with children long after the worksheets and classroom lectures are over.

Carla - Notas de Mamá

Friday 31st of August 2012

Great info! Field trips are very important. I might not remember what the teacher said when I was in class, but I do remember all the things I learnt in my field trips to the museum, zoo, botanical garden an other amazing places.