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Old 07-28-2011, 07:37 PM
 
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I am just curious what everyone does for Field Trips. As of now, I only have one planned - the Pumpkin Patch - but want to add a Spring one for sure.


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we go to the fire station, pumpkin patch, library and a local dairy!
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We went to a local pet store. The gave us a tour and let us touch the different animals. Very fun.

Other ideas I would like to do this year are: local grocery store, library, open gym, apple orchard, children's museum, park.

You can really turn just about any place into a field trip.
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We've done pumpkin patch, zoo, Children's museum, park and post office.
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my math program is based on careers so we go to many places and count things and learn how they use math in their work
high school science lab to count test tubes
doctor's office - what do we have 2 of -
airport - small plane area
tools - lumber yard
gym with high school coach we shoot and count to 5
restaurant - setting tables for 6 - we set them up for lunch
salon and count rollers
shoe store - measure feet set one up in classroom after visit
depot - train cars
grocery store - dimes, pennies, nickels
veternarian
chicken farm -dozen
we also go the the farm to count horses, sheep, cows, ducks, pigs and make a mural including each animal with a number The Farmer has a 15 on his bib overals
mural goes to 20
we take a number a week and learn the addition and subtraction facts that go with it
as well as the word - we continue with patterns suitable and any appropriate math skills. Kids have a good concept of the facts entering first grade


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Throughout last year , we went to a local farm, apple orchard, pumpkin patch, the fire station, the zoo, the childre's musuem, the pet store , the butterfly house and the park. We average one field trip per month and they tie into our science /social studies topics.
This year the zoo is coming to our class.
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Pumpkin patch, fire station, police station, ambulance came to us, library, nursing home to sing, farm, kids science museum, train ride, local theater for a play, and local park for fun picnic.

That is all I can think of right now. We have done so many. I try to plan trips that relate to what we are learning.
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My K4 class goes to the fire station, a pumpkin farm, a concert at a nearby high school, a play, the museum, the zoo, and a nature center.
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One that hasn't been mentioned is the Bus Barn--our city bus folks showed us a video, then we got to go on a bus around the city and to the airport and back to the Bus Barn where we got to go through the "bus" wash. Really cool!
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Our annual spring trip has bee to the zoo. Our local grocery store lets kids groups come in too. We get a tour of the store, and even get to see in the back, and then everyone got a cookie and juice at the deli. We made it shopping trip, every child had one ingredient to look for, so we could do some cooking activities back at the center. My own kids childcare center went to an awesome park, with LOTS of climbing structures and a large field to run, and also had a picnic lunch- that was a nice - free- field trip.
But it looks like field trips will be a thing of the past. We have relied on parent volunteers to do the driving- we have no van, nor a budget for the van. However, now all volunteers need a background check ($15), get their fingerprints at the county courthouse ($15) and then the fingerprint cards are sent to get an FBI background check ($15). That is $45 dollars out of a parent's pocket, not to forget the time- probabably away from work- to go to the courthouse, plus time away from work to come on the field trip. Granted, I agree that all the background checks are a good idea, but it is becoming cost prohibitive. We are small preschool, and don't have the budget to cover these costs. Our first field trip of the year has the potential of having 10 parents help, and if all the parents are new to our center, it would cost us $450 dollars to get ready to go on that first field trip if we covered the cost (background checks are good for 2 years, and I think fingerprinting is conducted every 4). Sorry to "hijack" the thread, but we are going to miss our field trips! Wondering how everyone else is dealing with these costs?


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We have always enjoyed our Field Trips to our local Vocational School. We have visited the Cosmetology Class.....the children were each given a practice model to shampoo and rinse and then each child had his/her hair washed blow dryed and styled. And those with signed permission slips could get a haircut for 3.00.

Police Science class was also a fun one....
Medical was also a good one.....
Auto Body was great too...the kids loved using the paint sprayer
And we always try to go around Mothers Day to the Horticulture class where the kids get to transplant a flower into a pot for their Mothers

We also do a Scavenger Hunt in the Spring....we divide the kids up into teams , each team with 1-2 adults and give each team a list of items to look for, such as........

Stop Sign
A Truck with words written on it
an animal track
something someone has thrown down...goes with our recycle topic
a street sign
mailbox

each team has a recorder to check off items
a photographer to photograph the item
detectives with mag. glasses
detectives with binoculars

We do our hunt at one of our state parks, and pack a picnic lunch with us!
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