While young children thrive on routines, an occasional break in routine, in the form of a field trip, can be a terrific learning experience. Field trips can provide a great variety of learning activities. One of the most important things that children learn on a field trip is that learning doesn’t just happen in a classroom; learning can happen anywhere, anytime.
Teachers who choose field trips carefully to ensure that they are age-appropriate, accessible to all children in the class, and related to a specific theme or a project can provide unique learning experiences for their students. Because of the hands-on, interactive nature of most field trips, they have the potential of providing even deeper learning experiences than children can receive in classrooms. This learning is enhanced through careful preparation; through providing background knowledge that will help children better appreciate and access what they will be learning. If children know what to expect, they can better watch out for it. The teacher can gather flyers from the facility or library books related to the subject. This will provide children with a framework for what they will be learning. Introducing any new vocabulary regarding the field trip before the actual experience will help deepen the learning while improving the child’s vocabulary.
Along with an exciting break in routine, field trips can also provide children something to look forward to and experience in making plans. They can see what they will be learning, start thinking about questions they want to try to answer, and practice on how the logistics will work—how they will get there, what they will see, and understand how meals, snacks and drinks will be handled.
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