Your child’s first field trip is exciting and a little nerve-wracking. While field trips are a safe and fun way for kids to get hands-on experience with what they’re learning in school, the idea of sending your child out into the world without you can be a bit unsettling. However, with a little preparation, you can ensure a safe trip, while giving yourself some peace of mind. Here’s a helpful checklist for easy field-trip prep:
Talk to the Teacher/Chaperone
Your child’s teacher will have all the details worked out, but it’s helpful for both you and your kids if you know the details as well. Talk to the teachers or parent chaperones (sometimes you may have a parent friend attending the trip) and find out where they’re going and when. If the trip includes multiple destinations, ask for an itinerary so you know exactly where your child is throughout the entire trip. It’s also a good idea to give the teacher or chaperone your cell phone number, just in case.
Don’t Forget the Permission Slip!
The all-powerful permission slip is their ticket onto the bus, and without it, your child could be left behind. So, set a reminder to fill it out and get it in on time. And it won’t hurt to double check with your child to make sure that he or she remembered to turn it in.
Talk to Your Child Beforehand
Going over the details of the field trip with your child is a great way to ensure safety and make sure he or she has a good idea of what to expect. Make sure he or she knows your cell phone number and is aware of all the details of the trip (i.e. where they are going and when, how many stops are involved, who is chaperoning, etc.).
Your child’s teacher should provide a list of recommended or required items for your child to bring along. This should include whether or not to pack a lunch, whether or not they need additional cash to get in, and/or whether or not to send along any additional items (e.g. a bathing suit and sunscreen if it’s a beach trip, sturdy shoes if the trip involves hiking, etc.). It’s also a good idea to check the weather close to the day of the trip, just in case you might need to send them off with an umbrella, rain jacket, or extra layer of clothing.
Here are a few additional items you might consider packing:
- Camera (To be safe, just make sure it’s either a cheap disposable camera, or an old digital camera that you won’t mind never seeing again.)
- Backup Eye-Glasses/Contacts
- Writing Utensils
- Extra Cash for Souvenirs/Emergencies
- A Written List of Emergency Contacts
- Something for Motion sickness (Many children get sick on long bus rides. We, of course, recommend sending your child with all-natural, Motioneaze for side effect relief or prevention of any motion sickness within minutes.)
Finally – Talk to Your Child Afterward
Reviewing the trip with your kids will help keep them engaged in the learning experience. After the trip, ask them what they saw and did on the trip, why they think they went, what they learned and what they liked/didn’t like about it. This will reinforce their knowledge and memories of the trip, and help them retain the information they gained.