Where did your children go on their last school field trip? A zoo? A museum? Maybe an end-of-the-year bowling excursion?
How about an eye clinic?
No? Well, when you homeschool your children, you have a lot more flexibility with their schedules and field trips than the average public institution.
Michelle Duggar, mom of the famous 19 Kids and Counting family, writes about her family’s favorite educational outings in her latest blog for TLC. “For our family, everything we do and everywhere we go is part of the classroom of life,” she says.
And because she homeschools all her children through high school (the older ones take online college-credit courses), she and husband Jim Bob can put the books aside whenever they like and take their large clan to places far and near to learn about their world.
Their favorite place to go? Washington, D.C., where they love exploring the monuments and the many fascinating Smithsonian buildings. “I recommend it highly because there’s so much of our history there to study and so many great museums – you could go through those for days and days and days and there would still be so much more left to see!” Michelle says.
But they also check out local points of interest at home in Arkansas – including one place you might not think of as an ideal field trip destination.
“One of our trips was to an eye clinic where we took a tour and then watched a video of an eye surgery, and it was pretty interesting,” says Michelle. “It was so cool to have experts explain how our eyes work and learn about all the diseases of the eye.”
Considering that most kids’ education about eyes consists of the E chart and repeated warnings of “Don’t run with that stick!” I suppose this makes a nice change of pace. But do young children (a number of Duggar kids are under 10) really need to watch a video of cataract surgery? Does being able to talk knowledgeably about keratitis, retinopathy and glaucoma put them at an advantage over their traditionally-schooled peers?
I think I’ll stick to the Hall of Science and farm tours, thanks.
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