If you work with children, then you understand the challenges that present themselves in keeping children motivated and focused on learning. Any good daycare teacher, Sunday school teacher, home school parent or classroom teacher is excited about the information they convey to the students under their care. One way to make a lasting impression in children’s mind is to create experiences that they will remember. They may not remember facts, and outlines as they grow older but they do remember experiences. As a teacher if you can find a way to connect the concept that your teaching about to a real life example it will help to solidify the concept in the child’s mind. One way to do this is participating in field trips with your students.
Schools have been using field trips for years to enhance the educational experience and other organizations have understood the benefits of practical application and hands on learning. To execute a successful field trip experience you must have a plan and not take the experience for granted. To help you carry out/experience a successful field trip consider using the four P’s.
The first “P” is to prepare. Find out as many details as you can about the place you and the students will be attending. What background information can you obtain and pass on to the children, parents, and other chaperones to make the trip meaningful to them.
Begin to prepare your child for what they will learn form the experience, determine what they know in advance, and what questions they hope to have answered.
The second “P” is to Provide Information. Seek out any brochures with information about the selected location. Speak to a representative and gain insight and tips from them. Also if you know of someone who has personally visited the site before a testimonial from them can prove to be helpful.
The third “P” is to pursue related information. Use all resources available to you such as the school library, public library, or internet to learn any information and facts that coincide with the field trip you are too experience. Make the activity more than just a long exhausting day, but a cumulative experience.
The last and final “P” is to actually plan the trip. Have start and stop times designated with room for unexpected occurrences. Have a plan for lunch if you will miss regular lunch time. Have basic first aid items handy. You will want to solicit ample chaperones to keep their eyes on the children.
It will require some work and organization, but the benefits reaped can be lasting on the students and others who participate in the experience.
Sources: Home Education Magazine