The school field trip was a pillar of the American education experience for decades. Years back, the disruption and expense were tolerated since these experiences were viewed as vital to the dual mission of public schools: to not only provide economically advantageous skills, but also to produce engaged citizens who possessed knowledge of art, keener critical thinking skills, greater historical empathy, and a thirst for difference. Unfortunately, as the landscape and focus of public education has shifted, museums and cultural centers have suffered a steep drop in school tours. Luckily, the homeschooling lifestyle still generously incorporates the multi-sensory experience that a field trip affords.
Over the past twenty years of my husband’s mobile military career, I have grown lazy and uncreative in my quest for field trips. When we lived on the east bank of the Potomac River in Washington, DC, we were only a ten-minute drive from the timeless words of principal author of the Declaration of Independence that carved out the interior of the neoclassical Jefferson Memorial. So when our family moved to Little Rock, I suffered from What-Is-There-To-Do syndrome. It is during times like this that I am so grateful for other homeschool moms who have come alongside me to encourage and share. A close friend is also trying to build up her family, children, and homeschool through shared experiences. Together we are brainstorming a list of worthwhile activities in our area. For field trip ideas in central Arkansas, click here. If you know of a great field trip opportunity in Central Arkansas, please contact us so we might add it to our growing list!
Submitted by CARH member, Tricia Morin