People within homeschool support groups are always announcing new and exciting places to go on a field trip. When you find ones that you would like to go on then go ahead and go for it but keep the person who planned it in mind. There are some things that you can do to help ensure that they will want to plan more field trips for you and your children to enjoy in the future. Here are some simple considerations that you should keep in mind:
- Be sure that you reply to the person, letting them know that you would like to go on the field trip, as soon as possible. This will not only help them make any necessary plans but it will also help you to ensure that all of the slots have not already been filled. Plus, if everyone puts off responding for too long then the coordinator of the field trip may cancel the trip due to a lack of response and thus an assumed lack of interest.
- If there are any fees associated with the field trip you should make sure that you pay them at the time of your registration unless you are instructed to do otherwise by the coordinator of the field trip. However, you should know that when you pay the fee you might not be able to get a refund if you cancel, especially if you cancel with short notice. A good field trip coordinator will do whatever they can to help you recover your costs, but you should know that it is not always possible to receive a refund.
- You should ask if there is anything that you can do to help. After all, it is in your best interest to help out the field trip coordinator whenever you can. This will encourage them to want to initiate more field trips, especially if they are satisfied with the results of their efforts.
- Try to find some ways in which you can prepare your family for the trip. Some ideas include reading books, visiting similar places, talking about related topics and speaking about what you might see or experience. If you find some really good resources you should share them with the field trip’s coordinator so that they can pass them along to the other people who are going on the field trip.
- Make some homeschool t-shirts, buttons, etc. Not only will wearing these things on your field trip give homeschooling good publicity but it will also give your group some unity. Of course, you will want to make sure that your children are on their very best behavior while wearing these things and representing homeschoolers.
- You will need to allow plenty of time for traveling. Be sure that you arrive ten to fifteen minutes early. This will help your coordinator out because they will have time to do a head count and take care of any other last minute details.
- Throughout the field trip you will need to keep an eye on your children, reminding them about appropriate behavior whenever necessary. If your child gets upset or needs a break, then you should not feel bad about leaving the group. After all, it is kinder to leave than to stay and allow your child to keep interrupting everyone else.