One of the benefits of homeschooling is that you can go on field trips much more frequently than public schools. It’s much easier for you to plop all your kids in a van and drive however far you need to go, than it is for public schools to get permission slips, collect money, arrange for transportation, find chaperones, etc. Whether you want to stay close to home, or drive a couple of hours, field trips are an excellent way to supplement your child’s education at home.
Last weekend we went to the local bookstore as a mini field trip. It was a chance for the kids to get out of the house and have fun looking at books they don’t have at home. The kids browsed books and picked one out, though we certainly could have skipped buying them anything. (In fact, I think that next time we may tell them that we won’t be buying–just looking. We had one child get extra whiny because he couldn’t get the $14 LEGO book.)
Our local bookstore also has a little café, so I got a frozen hot chocolate while the kids were perusing. If I had gone with only our oldest child, we could have sat and enjoyed a drink together while looking at books. That may have to be a future trip.
So, if you’re looking for somewhere to take your homeschooling brood, you might want to give the bookstore a try!