With so many changes in technology you are no longer limited to needing to travel for field trips! If the weather is too bad to travel or if it’s to expensive to take your entire family on a vacation, don’t fret. Check out these amazing ideas that your whole family can participate in and create those fun memories together in homeschool virtual field trips from the comfort of your own living room.
With a computer and a little creativity, you can transport yourself to almost any place imaginable. So if you’re ready to learn and have fun, then consider planning a virtual field tip for your next homeschooling adventure. Here’s a sampling of some of our favorite virtual field trip ideas:
This site has a collection of over 1,000 works from more than 15 highly esteemed art museums from around the world. Your homeschooler can virtually walk through the museums and gaze at paintings from world renowned artists.
Travel the stars and galaxy with Google Sky. You can explore constellations, watch the birth of distant galaxies, and even change the view of Google sky to see what the sky would look like if we had the ability to view the universe in x-rays or infrared. So don’t just look at the sky from your backyard! Take some time to study the stars and then see it for yourself.
Ever wonder what it would be like to see the 7 wonders of the world? Now you can virtually visit them right inside your homeschool classroom. This site offers spectacular imagery in panoramic views and includes The Great Wall in China, The Colosseum in Rome, The Taj Mahal in India, and Machu Picchu in Peru.
This virtual tour will put your homeschooler inside The Oxford University Museum of Natural History. This museum is home to an extensive collection of geology, mineralogy, zoology, and entomology from around the world. It also includes local dinosaur finds, a 40 ft Tyrannosaurus rex, an observation beehive and so much more!
With the Night at the Museum movies becoming famous, so has the curiosity of the Smithsonian. How would your family like to walk the halls and see the sites of this infamous museum? This site offers a complete virtual tour where your homeschooler simply follows the blue arrow around the museum and it feels like you are actually there!
Want to discover more about animals and farming? Invite your homeschooler on this virtual tour and discover what life is like out on a farm. If you’ve never seen corn grow or never seen a cow milked, then this virtual tour might be of interest to both you and your child.
Inside the White House
Studying government or have curious kids that want to know more about the President and the White House? Step right into the White House with this interactive tour. You can check out the briefing room and even view the décor and art. Don’t stop there, also check out the separate West Wing tour and their video series.
This website provides children with an overview of the history, mythology and current scientific knowledge of the planets, moons and other objects in our solar system. And each page is interactive! So take some time to explore each page and you will get text, images from NASA and even movies.
Live from Antarctica 2
For a trip to another environment, how about Live from Antarctica 2? Most families never have the opportunity to visit the continent, but through this program students can follow a team of explorers through every step of a trip across the frozen continent. The site includes activities, researcher questions and answers, links to related sites, and more.
This interactive site allows your child to take part in the following exciting trips: On the Trail: Meet the Animals of North America, North America: Behind the Scenery, and North America: Explore Glacier National Park to name a few. This gives each person in your family the chance to find something of interest and experience it for themselves!
With the advances in modern technology now available online, virtual field trips are an excellent way to liven up your homeschool day and venture out into the world without the expenses and the scheduling restrictions.
Although it is different from visiting a place in person, a virtual field trip is still a great way to break out of your routine. The next time you’re looking for a unique learning experience for your homeschooler, consider booking your trip to one of the many online destinations.
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