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The Importance of Field Trips + Virtual Field Trip Ideas

Field Trips are important to help bridge the gap between education in the classroom and hands-on experience. You probably already know that school field trips are a vital part of any educational curriculum, whether online, virtual, on a bus from a traditional school or for a homeschooling family.

In addition, Field Trips can make learning fun and special, adding an element of novelty to a school routine.

In the current pandemic, without school in session, parents and teachers are looking for Virtual and Interactive Field Trips. Plus we can always take a cue from the many Homeschool Field Trips around SoCal.

We found these terrific Printables that work for Virtual or Real Field Trips, and you can get the bundle or individually via our affiliate link.

Interactive Virtual Field Trips from Los Angeles Museums >>> click to read

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the importance of field trips

The Importance of Field Trips

Studies published by 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.” Field trips are crucial for every student to acquire a wealth of knowledge, cultural context, and hands-on experience.

Interactive Field Trips can help shape a child’s future, along with learning that continues outside the classroom.

How Field Trips are Interpreted by a Child

Here are a few things kids may think and feel as they get to experience more field trips:

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 helping your child’s teacher plan more field trips. Both now with Virtual Field Trips, and in the future for in-person experiences. It will change how you look at education and how you see your community.

Related: Why I don’t volunteer for my child’s field trips

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