Can I Skip School for a Last-Minute Field Trip?

Can_I_Skip_School?Good news! A fellow homeschool parent just rang up with an awesome field trip opportunity. You are so excited you can’t wait to take advantage of this incredible opportunity. The problem? Well, you didn’t really plan this into your year. Do you skip the regularly scheduled program, reduce it, or double up another day? Decisions, decisions…

I like field trips, don’t you? They are fun, exciting, and get us out of the house. The one downside to last-minute field trips is that they tend to throw my routine off-balance. What do I do with the material I had already planned for that day? Put it off or just skip it altogether? Well, it depends.

Honestly, if I can avoid it, I try to not have my kids ‘double up’ on work just to enjoy a field trip. This isn’t fun for them and doesn’t seem necessary. However, on occasion, there are subjects which I really want to cover and activities the kids would enjoy; these I try to simply move to another day.

Field trips, in-and-of themselves, are generally educational. We aren’t really skipping school, merely replacing a day of book learning (home learning) with being out in the field. It’s all in how we choose to view the situation. Field trips can be incredible learning experiences and there is much to be gained by them. Let’s enjoy and get the most out of our day!

(For those looking to organize field trips, but are struggling to put one together. HERE are some tips on getting the most out of your field trips!)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
~ James 1:5

Your Turn!: What do you do when an unscheduled field trip opportunity pops up; skip, double up, or reduce?

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2 thoughts on “Can I Skip School for a Last-Minute Field Trip?

  1. Here’s an article I wrote several years ago when my younger child was just starting high school. We were on the road a lot back then. Not so much for field trips as extra curriculars like music and theater. I recommended making wise use of travel time. This is an often overlooked portion of the day.

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