Field trips are a great way to bring learning to life….or they can just be a fun break from the usual schedule. Whether your field trip is for education, fun, or both, it’s important to record those memories.
Homeschooling is such an integral part of life, I want to help my kids remember as much of the fun activities as I can. That’s where the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal from Apologia Educational Ministries comes in handy.
We’re nearing the end of our school year. Some days feel long and challenging. That’s why I decided to “cut class” and have a day of fun. On my daughter’s 3rd birthday, I took the kids to Monkey Joes, a local bounce house where the kids can run and jump until their hearts are content.
We had such a great day today. Ami thoroughly enjoyed being the center of attention, as well as her trip to Monkey Joes, her Doc McStuffin cake, the phone calls and gifts from loved ones and a viewing of Barbie's The Princess and the Pop Star. Happy birthday sweetness! Right now, three years ago, labor was starting to get intense. Our bundle of joy would arrive pink and screaming, with strawberry peach fuzz hair, at 11:51 pm ❤❤❤
We had a fabulous day, and the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal gave me the perfect forum to record the adventure.
This journal is so much more than simply recording a list of destinations. It allows the student to tell the story of their adventure from their own perspective. So, after a full day of running and bouncing around like wild monkeys, I sat down with Bram to record his impressions of the day. And you know what? His perspective was much different than mine. We recorded his adventure with details I would probably have left out on my own. And that was special.
The field trip journaling pages make up a large chunk of the Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal, but that’s not all it has to offer. As I said, it’s so much more!
It offers you a thorough list of field trip ideas, safety measures to practice, and ideas for preparing for a field trip. It encourages children to explore creation through their eyes with the “My Special Spot” section. And puts value on their interpretation of life around them with the “As I See It” pages.
One of my favorite aspects surprise aspects of the journal is the My Special Spot section, where children are encouraged to pick a spot at least 20’x20′, record what it looks like, and how it changes throughout the year. But, in addition to the usual drawings, children are given the opportunity to do an aerial view.
It would never have occurred to me to have Bram do this! What a great exercise for spatial recognition. I can’t wait to see how his pictures change over the course of a year.
Additional features I love?
- Super sturdy pages – they’re almost as strong as card stock!
- Spiral bound – makes it easy to fold and write anywhere.
- Laminated cover – great protection for messy destinations and drawing while outdoors. Super easy to clean.
We are thoroughly enjoying this field trip journal. I plan to utilize it over the summer for vacations and fun field trips. Then, I will get two for next school year, one for Bram and one for Amelie. Yes, Amelie is only three, but she can still dictate her experiences to me. I can see these journals becoming treasured memory keepsakes.
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