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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Homeschool Tip: Bring the Field Trips to You


Instead of going out for a field trip, why not have a "field trip" come to you?  This can be accomplished by arranging speakers of various professions to come and speak to your students.

Here are some steps you can follow to help you do this:

  1. Make a list of the type of occupations that most interest your child or that would benefit children in general.  Think about some of the professional people you already have contact with, such as a: 
    • Dentist
    • Optometrist
    • Banker
    • Computer Technician
    • Doctor
  1. Contact these individuals either by e-mail or by telephone. Explain your interest in having them share their knowledge pertaining to their career (or a particular subject) with your students.  You can also provide them with some topic ideas, or ask them if they have pre-made presentation materials that they would like to use. 
Let them know how long you desire the presentation to last and the age span of the audience. (I normally have it last an hour, with the last 15 minutes being a Q&A time.)  I have found that most of these individuals are happy to come and speak to the students.
  1. Find a venue in which to hold the presentation.  A library or a local church works well.  
  1. Create a guest list and email each individual with information pertaining to the date, time, and place of the presentation.  Include a brief description about the topic and ask people to RSVP.
I have thus far scheduled three presentations and am in the process of scheduling one more.  The occupations include a:

  • Chef
  • Mayor
  • Optometrist
  • Meteorologist
If you're interested in these types of presentations:

  • Contact a local supermarket to see if they offer off-site cooking classes.  (A lot of them tend to offer on-site classes.)
  • Find out what your city mayor's e-mail address is and send him (or her) an email asking him if he would be available to speak to your children.  (Again, provide him with some suggested discussion topics.)
  • In Ohio, eye doctors through The Ohio Optometric Association's Realeyes program give presentations throughout the state to kindergarten through eighth grade students.  Through this program, I was able to arrange for my family's eye doctor to come and give one of their pre-designed presentations to our students.
  • Call your local T.V. station and ask to speak to the public relations director.  Inquire if they would consider having one of their meteorologist come to speak to your students.
These are just a few ideas to get you started.  See what other ideas you can come up with and feel free to share them here.




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