5 Reasons Why Teens Love Field Trips
One of the reasons I love homeschooling is I get to take my kids on these amazing field trips. This year alone, we have been on at least 10 trips! We love exploring our local community and attending events. Over the years I have discovered, field trips are very enriching to my children’s education. Whether it relates to a topic we are currently studying or it is a new topic, field trips are very beneficial to the education experience.
I have noticed, though, that field trips are a little more common with younger children. I’m not entirely sure why this is, but being a mom of two teens and having also once worked with teenagers, I can say from my personal experience teens love field trips, too! It is a bit challenging finding homeschool groups for teens, though. We haven’t had the opportunity to attend a field trip with a group of other teen homeschoolers. So I work very hard to create and research field trips for my teens.
On today’s post, I am going to share with you five reasons why teens love field trips. My teenagers Elijah and Michala actually helped me out with the tips. They shared a few of the reasons why they love field trips, too.
Field trips keep teens active.
“When you are on a field trip, a lot of walking is involved and walking is good for your health,” Elijah (16). It’s true. Most of the field trips we go on there is quite of bit of walking involved. We live in Detroit, so it’s a pretty big city. Many times when we go to an event or we are out site seeing, we have to park a distance away from the location. The walking is a great form of exercise.
It’s also not good for young people to stay indoors all day. Michala (14) believes, “getting out of the house is a good way to get fresh air.” She feels the field trips brighten her mood. “If you stay in the house all day, you’ll eventually feel like a vampire.” Ha ha! But seriously, going on field trips give teens an opportunity to get out of the house and take a break from their schoolwork. And this will also lead to better school productivity because the students will feel refreshed.
Field trips are a great way to socialize with the community.
I love this aspect of field trips because I am teaching my children how to interact with other citizens in our community. With the older children, field trips allow them to learn valuable social skills in interacting with their peers and other adults.
Here’s a perfect example: in February, I took my teens to Autorama’s “Student Day” in Detroit. The “Student Day” was an opportunity for students who were interested in careers in the automotive industry to learn more about automobiles and actually interview business owners. I encouraged my teens to introduce themselves to the business owners and engage with them about any questions they had.
Elijah said, “I felt nervous at first because it’s not everyday that the average teenager gets to talk to a CEO or some other kind of leader. Although, it could be everyday that a teenager does get to talk to a leader if more teens went to more events with their families. Once you start interacting more and being more involved with your city, you realize those business leaders are not in some magical, far away land. They are ready and willing to talk to their community.”
Teens think field trips are fun!
I remember when I was in high school, whenever we went on a field trip, I was very excited to go. I enjoyed getting out of class and taking a break from my school assignments. I also loved learning new things. This hasn’t changed for teenagers today. Teenagers in the 21st century also love field trips. They think they’re fun, and teens love having a good time.
A few fun field trips we have been on are: learning about how parade floats are created, attending the African World Festival, visiting a city Farmer’s Market, and marching in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day March in Nashville. Michala’s favorite field trip was the Red Bull Hart Line’s Skateboard Competition in Detroit. “It was really cool to see the different battles of skateboarding because I want to skateboard.”Teenagers think field trips are fun, too! Click To Tweet
Teens love the good food.
Okay, this one is Elijah’s favorite. He loves going on field trips because we always find somewhere cool to eat. When we first started going on field trips, I would go to a drive-thru at a fast food restaurant. Last year, I stopped doing that because (1) for the same amount of money I can find a restaurant which offers better food and (2) I wanted our dining out to be part of the field trip experience.
Last year, for instance, we went out to eat at a French-themed restaurant. It was a small diner and it was decorated with French decor. The menu also featured various French delicacies. The kids enjoyed trying food they had never tried before. The amount of money I spent on our meal was almost equivalent to spending money on value meals at a McDonald’s. I probably spent a few dollars more on our meal, but it was definitely worth it!
Field trips are an enriching learning experience.
Field trips are an enriching learning experience because it allows your teen to get out of the books and gain real life experiences. Sure, textbooks have the learning information students need, but field trips are also great ways for students to learn. When we went to the African World Festival, for instance, my teens learned more about African cultures and traditions.
Another enrichment opportunity field trips provide are learning about regional history. For example, in Detroit, there are opportunities to tour the Underground Railroad and learn more about its history. This is not offered in every state, though. In Salem, Massachusetts, homeschoolers have the opportunity to visit the actual location of the Salem Witch Trials. Whereas, students who do not live near the area will not have this advantage. Every state has its own unique history and this can be used to the homeschoolers advantage by taking field trips to learn more.
Field trips are one of the popular advantages to the homeschool experience. Homeschool families have more time and financial resources to take their children on field trips. But young children are not the only ones who love field trips. Teens love them, too!
And even if your teenager says, he/she doesn’t want to go on a trip (because my teen daughter says this sometimes), you should still take your teen out. With my daughter, she usually ends up feeling happy she went out on a trip. There have been times when she did not care for a particular field trip. When this is the case, I always tell her, “Well now you know for sure you do not like [insert name of event] because you got to experience it for yourself and form an accurate opinion.” (Gotta get creative with your comebacks, Moms & Dads!) 🙂
How have field trips enriched your child’s education?