There are so so many options for field trips that it kind of hurts my head. How often should we go? Do they HAVE to match what your studying? If so, I have three different curriculums, so which one should it match? You know, all those new home school mom questions. So, this year I decided to bag all the questions and just go on field trips. My goal was one a month. I spent quite a while researching websites and finding interesting places to go that hopefully wouldn’t break the bank. Once I compiled my overall list, I chose the ones that fit this year the best and committed. Last year, I had all the best of intentions and life just got too busy and they never seemed to happen. This year I have given the kids a list of where we are going and when and I have them all in my planner as well. This way we can all look forward to them.
I have noticed that most places have some kind of home school discount or free day…even Disneyland. Imagine that. I emailed some homeschool friends on some of them to get group discount rates and take advantage of tours and things. Not to mention, it’s just all more fun with friends along!
My overall budget for the whole year is $382. That is the cost for myself and the kids and on occasion my husband is joining us. Considering that includes an overnight trip and 10 additional field trips for 4-5 people…I am pretty pleased!
Sep. OLD SCHOOLHOUSE ($2)
Oct. MAGIC CIRCLE THEATRE/ CHARLOTTE’S WEB LIVE ON STAGE ($20)
HIGH HILL RANCH~ APPLE HILL ($20)
Nov. SKY HIGH JUMP ($15)
Jan. EXPLORIT SCIENCE MUSEUM (Free)
Feb FREE MUSEUM DAY (TBD~Sacramento has a city wide free museum day, so we will choose when it gets closer)
March CA RAILROAD MUSEUM (Free)
April CA ACADEMY OF SCIENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO ($75)
May 6TH GRADE OVERNIGHT TRIP ON THE U.S.S. HORNET FOR MY OLDEST SON AND HUSBAND ($200)
GIRLS SLUMBER PARTY FOR THE REST OF US! ($20)
May CROCKER ART MUSEUM (free)
June BOWLING/LUNCH FOR LAST DAY OF SCHOOL ($30)
I am sure it will vary slightly as the year goes along, but it is so nice to have a plan that is reasonable. If I had my way, everyday would be a “field trip” somewhere!