I love to scatter field trips in whenever I can, after all, one of the reasons I wanted to homeschool was to be able to actually “see” and “do” more learning than being limited to just a textbook. Apologia Educational Ministries has produced another winner, and this product will help document all of those field trips – the little ones and the big ones! The Exploring Creation Field Trip Journal has provided a great way to record our trips, and to see the little learning opportunities that surround us every day.
Just as the back cover reminds us, field trips can happen anywhere. And just in case, coming up with a field trip idea is not your cup of tea, Apologia will help.
About the Product
The book is divided into the following sections:
- Preparing for a Field Trip
- Field Trip Ideas
- Places I’ve Explored Maps
- “Specific Trip” Pages
- Field Trip Pages
- “My Special Spot” Pages
- “As I See It” Pages
Preparing for a Field Trip
This section gives a checklist for both the teacher and the student to do before the field trip – a week before, the night before, on the way and actually on the field trip.
Field Trip Ideas
I’m just gonna say – this two page spread alone to me is worth the price of this journal! I can come up with great ideas but they suddenly fizzle and then, nothing. This section is broken down by categories – Plants, Animals, Earth, Space/Aviation, Human Body, History/Government, Municipal, Business, Cultures and Others. Of course, this list is not complete but is an excellent springboard for more ideas.
And an extra bonus? There’s even a secret URL and password that gives you access to ever more information – even more ideas (for in person and virtual field trips), maps, field guides, parks, museums, and soooooo much more!! This is so valuable.
Places I’ve Explored
There’s three pages dedicated to places I’ve explored – your own state, the United States and the World.
Specific Trip Pages
I love the way the pages are set up – they look like a page out of scrapbook. There’s a little section for all the details and then there’s journaling areas for everything else.
You can see our completed pages in the collage above that I completed when we went to visit our local Rural King store. We’re studying about chickens since my husband has decided to venture out on a little homesteading experiment. I had a book list, a field trip, some websites to visit, and then we even started building our own chicken coop.
My Special Spot Pages
This is also broken down into more specific categories. (In front of each of these sections, there is a page to give ideas on how to make the most of the pages.) My boys wanted to document a cool spider web that has been built inside our front porch and a bee’s nest we found on the property.
I would highly recommend this journal!! I still haven’t even come close to taking advantage to all that it offers but we’ve loved using it. My son wants to document all of the little field trips that happen even just outside our own home. Field trips do not have to mean a day’s drive, admission ticket or a reservation. This is a great resource to help you from the idea formation, the planning stage and the documentation.