Field trips are fun! But when you get home, and you settle back into your normal homeschool routine, how do you keep using that experience to further your student’s learning? Today on Home School Heartbeat with your host Mike Smith, a teacher and museum educator, who works for the Smithsonian, offers some expert advice.
I’m joined again today by Stevie Engelke, from the Smithsonian Center for [Learning and Digital Access]. Stevie, for families who don’t live near a major museum, their field trip may be just a one-time adventure. Do you have some good tips on how to keep the learning going, even after they get home?
Lots of museums now post resources on their websites, as do we. We have in our student section—we have activity sheets that you can download that really relate to any museum exhibit. There are also videos that you can watch of curators and museum specialists talking about the work that they do. But what I’m particularly excited about is that we have a series of online conferences that are interactive conferences with Smithsonian experts that are free of charge to anyone, and we have a large homeschooling audience for these. So if you go to shoutlearning.org, you’ll find that we have upcoming environmental discussions revolving around the use and protection of our water sources. We have podcasts, and we have student activities that are prompts for students to do things at home and then post them on a sharing website.
Well, thanks so much, Stevie! That’s very helpful. You’ve given us some great suggestions for making the most of a museum field trip. And until next time, I’m Mike Smith.