This week's topic: Fabulous Field Trips.
Now I admit, being a homeschooler, you really can take some fabulous field trips! The grocery store, the office supply center, the discount store. . . . . . .
Oh, wait. Not THOSE field trips you say?
Alright, time for a confession. Most field trips organized for homeschoolers leave me, well, like this:
I have field trip issues. All too often, the field trips I've been on have featured some, er, problems.
So with that in mind I give you:
Heather's Handy Hints for Happy Homeschool Happenings
(aka field trips, but I've got the whole alliteration thing going and didn't want to mess it up. Work with me, people.)
1. Be Like Horton the Elephant
"I meant what I said and I said what I meant; an Elephant's faithful, one-hundred percent!"
If you commit to a field trip, attend. If you promise to pay for a field trip, pay. Simple as that. Of course, there are extenuating circumstances - like hospital stays, delivering babies, and death. "My week has been too busy" is NOT, repeat, NOT an extenuating circumstance. It's life.
Scripture tells us to let our yes be yes and our no be no (Matt. 5:37). Let's model that for our kids - and for the watching world - by honoring our commitments.
2. Do NOT be like the White Rabbit
"I'm late, I'm late. . .for a very important date!"
Or as my dear husband says. . ."To be early is to be on time!" Figure out how long it will take you to drive, arrive, park, and walk to the meeting location. Then add 15 minutes. For traffic, diaper blow-outs, and unexpected, "Oh my! How DID that gas gauge get to empty?" moments.
"Do you know what 'museum' means? It-- It does not mean, 'Ooh, Daddy, it's a big
tyrannosaurus thing! Can I touch its leg?' No! Control your young!"
It's 11 o'clock on the field trip. . .do you know where your children are? Are they running through the exhibits? Torturing the tortoises? Driving the docents delirious?
Like it or not, people who offer field trips will look at our homeschool groups with a critical eye. An out-of-control, undisciplined, disruptive group will likely ruin any potential future trips for other homeschoolers. If your child misbehaves (and face it! they all do at some time or another!), pull them quietly aside and remind them what is expected.
More importantly - for many of us, we represent not only homeschoolers, but the body of Christ. Let's be good ambassadors.
"Pick a little-talk a little
Pick a little-talk a little
Cheep cheep cheep!
Talk a lot, pick a little more!"
Because there's nothing more embarrassing than a docent asking the group to be quiet - and it's the moms who are talking. Ask me how I know.
5. Let your kids be Horshack, not you
"Ooh! Ooh! Mr. Kotter! Mr. Kotter!"
(yes, I know - I'm a child of the 70s. deal with it)
Y'all. I know it's crazy cool that we're learning all this stuff as moms that we'd forgotten. I know you have a million interesting questions, and you actually KNOW the answers because you read the book. But seriously? You already DID 3rd grade science. Let your kids answer and ask the questions.
It's their field trip.
Want to make a good impression? Say "Thank you" at the end of the trip. . . not only to the place who hosted your group, but to the homeschool mom who likely coordinated it! Bonus tip: writing a thank you note qualifies as handwriting AND English, so what do you have to lose?
Besides, if you express enough appreciation, follow some basic rules of courtesy, and invite her out to Starbucks - she may even coordinate another Fabulous Field Trip for you!
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So, what say you? Do you have your OWN hint for making field trips wonderful? Do tell!
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