We may home educate, but we definitely aren’t homebound in our minds! I try to take our educational experiences out of boring textbooks to living books and virtual field trips. Our educational adventures are only limited by our creativity!
Last year, my kids & I read the book Red Sails to Capri. We loved it and were intrigued to find out more about the Island of Capri, which is located right off the Bay of Naples. Pure gorgeousness! So, we took a “virtual field trip” to Capri and took a tour inside the Blue Grotto, as well as the towering city of Anacapri. We did some research through wikipedia, looking at images and then taking tours on You Tube. It gave us an amazing experience! The videos made the area come alive for us…and gave us a deep longing for a trip to Italy!
So, we have taken to watching clips about all sorts of things from harvesting cranberries in a bog, to going on a tour of the Pilgrim Plantation. Just last week, we were studying estuaries. We could have just learned the definition of ESTUARY and moved on, but we took it a little further and watched an amazing video about the estuary in Chesapeake Bay. (Which was a bonus, because we were also studying Maryland! My stars aligned, if only for a minute! 🙂 My kids not only remembered what an estuary was, but received a deeper understanding of the beauty and necessity of our natural estuaries. They became passionate about the over-harvesting of the oysters that were once plentiful in Chesapeake Bay. How’s that for a dry geography lesson?
My Top Five Virtual Field Trip Sites:
1. You Tube – If you want to learn anything, go to You Tube. From fixing your furnace, to taking a trip to the great wall of China, it’s on there! Obviously, lots of other “non-educational” stuff is on there as well…so, be careful what little eyes might see.
2. Netflix – lots of great videos – my daughter and I just watched the most interesting video of the Zebra migration in Africa. There are great science videos (Magic Schoolbus, Bill Nye the Science Guy), history videos (Lewis & Clark, history channel), to actual field trips to the Lego factory and other companies.
3. Blackwell’s Best Virtual Field Trips – this is a great listing!
5. A Teacher’s Ultimate Destination for Virtual Field Trips – This is a great database of virtual field trip destinations, many of them I would have never thought to search for. Great help!
The sky is the limit! Enjoy!
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