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Day Tripping: Your Guide to Educational Family Adventures


Day Tripping: Your Guide to Educational Family Adventures

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Publisher: Champion Press

Author: Teri J. Brown

List Price: $13.95

Ages: Adult

Reviewed By: Jean Hall

Day Tripping plants a seed of enthusiasm in the most stubborn couch potato from the first page of the introduction where the author talks about her memories of field trips during her growing-up years. The first chapter, "The Family Field Trip," lists the benefits of going out into the world and seeing at first hand the things we might be only reading about in books. Benefits include family bonding, inspiration to deeper thought and knowledge, stimulating the imagination, expanding knowledge and deepening the love of learning. In addition, the entire family can gain a better perspective of history (real people who did or are doing real things) and better understanding of the natural world.

Immensely practical "Do's and Don'ts" and suggestions for planning family field trips fill the next two chapters. Having a field trip checklist is a great idea! I cannot tell you how often I have left home without a snack packed and regretted it later! (The author confesses to forgetting to check her car's gas gauge before departure.) The planning information is aimed at helping you and your children get the most out of an excursion, including having an objective (those who aim at nothing usually hit it!), activities to do in preparation, and follow-up questions to ask and ways to use the knowledge gained.

While family field trips have their advantages (my children are not so distracted by the presence of other children, for example), sometimes joining with other families for a group field trip is desirable or even necessary. Some places give discounts to groups, others require a minimum number even to schedule a visit. Mrs Brown offers an entire chapter on organizing a field trip group.

The introductory material concludes with a chapter on taking field trips in the cold of winter. This is the best time for indoor activities at museums and libraries, to name just two possibilities.

The second part of the book is filled with different kinds of field trips organized by theme: historical, geological, meteorological, culinary, government, literary, naturalist, industrial, botanical, communications, artistic, and mathematical. For each of these themes, Mrs. Brown gives an overview, drawing from her own family's experiences. Next she lays out sample plans for two field trips that fit the category. For example, the historical theme includes plans for visiting a military fort and a Native American museum. The plans are written to correspond to the chapter on field trip planning, including objectives, preparation, tips for enjoying the field trip, follow-up, using the knowledge gained, and a resource list detailing books and websites. For some of the field trips, the follow-up includes suggested projects and activities.

This book came at a good time for us. We've been looking for ways to spend Saturday family time in a manner that is profitable as well as fun, and Day Tripping has just the right blend of enthusiasm and practical suggestions to be an invaluable tool in the planning process. Why not check it out and broaden your horizons?
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Available From: Champion Press, Ltd.
Address: 4308 Blueberry Road, Fredonia, WI 53021
Phone: 262.692.3897
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Jean Hall
Jean Hall, a Christian home educator with three daughters, enjoys writing stories and music. Her family's interests include reading together, art, gardening, volkswalking and pets: two cats and a Giant Schnauzer.
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