Field trips can be a memorable and positive experience for school children. There are many meaningful benefits for providing an excursion for kids and a chance to see and try new things.
Do you remember the one day when you did a worksheet about animal sounds? Neither does anyone else! What about a day at a farm or zoo where you saw animals in person, eating and making their unique sounds? Now those are memories that will live forever. One of the greatest benefits of a field trip is creating experiences that your students will remember and talk about into adulthood.
What Is a Field Trip?
A field trip is a visit to an area outside of the normal classroom where children can try new things, have different experiences, and learn valuable life lessons.
A field trip can be to countless locations where students can see new sights and have hands-on opportunities in a wide variety of experiences. A field trip may be to a location right around the corner or may require a bus ride to a different town. Regardless, the objective of a field trip is to learn, be exposed to a different environment, and be able to try new things.
Benefits of Field Trips
While a day in the classroom has its benefits, there are many advantages of getting children out of their typical settings and experiencing new environments. The field trip may be a place that supports the current curriculum. Other trips may be to unrelated, yet relevant locations.
For instance, if your class is learning about planets, a trip to the planetarium can help enhance the coursework. However, you could also plan a field trip to the zoo or aquarium. The experiences may not match the lesson about the universe, but the animals or marine life can offer valuable learning opportunities.
Some field trips lend themselves to providing hands-on instructions for students. Let’s imagine you are organizing a field trip to a local greenhouse. The owner offers to let the kids plant their own flowers in individual pots that the students can take back to school with them.
Not only will they get to see a variety of plants and flowers while they are at the greenhouse, but they will also have the chance to get their hands in the soil and do some planting. By having a hands-on exercise, the experience has more meaning to the kids.
Bonding Among Students
Taking children out of their regular environment gives them a chance to interact with each other differently. Whether it is sitting with different partners on a bus or working with varied teams, the students have a chance to get to know each other in a more relaxed setting which can create bonds between pupils that weren’t there before.
A Change in Routine
While children thrive with routine, having a change in schedule can change the energy of the group. It allows kids to be shifted from a conditioned response to an unknown environment. This teaches them to be adaptable, excited to try something different, and confident in being able to do something new.An outing also provides a natural opportunity for parents to volunteer and participate in their kids’ adventure.
Asking parents to attend the field trip not only helps you to monitor the children, but helps to provide more interaction and explanation to smaller groups of kids.
So, in summary a field trip is a chance to take children out of the classroom and to have new, exciting, and hands-on experiences. Taking kids on an adventure helps to build bonds among the students.
It also helps in providing a change in routine for the students and keeps them engaged in learning.