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Transform Any Day Into An Educational Adventure!Author Teri Brown is known for her innovative and fun ideas that transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Through DAYTRIPPING, Teri takes us on the ride of our life, exploring the many ways families can bond and educate through exploration and adventure.Step-by-step you'll learn the do's and don'ts for field trips and how to plan them on your own or with a group. Handy field trip templates make the process quick and painless for even the novice adventurer!So what types of trips await your family? Here are some of the themes you'll find inside...-Blasting Through the Past: Field Trips with a Historical Theme-Blue Skies, Grey Skies: Field Trips with a Meteorological Theme-Good Enough to Eat: Field Trips with a Culinary Theme-The Elephant and the Donkey: Field Trips with a Government Theme-Lovely, Lovely Literature: Field Trips with a Literary Theme-A Walk on the Wild Side: Field Trips with a Naturalist Theme-Growing a Green Thumb: Field Trips with a Botanical Theme-Talking, Typing and TV: Field Trips with a Communications Theme-Scribbles, Mud and Playacting: Field Trips with an Artistic Theme-Math Minders: Field Trips with a Mathematical ThemeSo what are you waiting for? The Key to family creativity, fun, adventure, education and togetherness is in your hands. Open this book to begin your adventure today.
Download Day Tripping: Your Guide to Educational Family Adventures epub
ISBN: 189140041X
ISBN13: 978-1891400414
Category: Travel
Subcategory: Reference
Author: Teri Brown
Language: English
Publisher: Sourcebooks (November 1, 2004)
Pages: 160 pages
ePUB size: 1126 kb
FB2 size: 1257 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 147
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Remember Norman Rockwell's 1947 "Saturday Evening Post" cover entitled "Coming and Going?" That was the one where the top half shows a family heading off to vacation in their station wagon, the children all enthusiastic about the trip. The bottom half shows the car heading in the opposite direction with everybody looking completely frazzled (except for Grandma in the back seat with her expression unchanged). The goal of Teri J. Brown's "Day Tripping" is to reverse that process by providing a guide to educational family adventures that can bring innovative and fun ideas to the daunting task of dragging your family somewhere.

"Day Tripping" is divided into two parts. "Part 1, Tripping Out" provides the philosophical values and practical principles of the family field trip. After illuminating the value of family field trips (family bonding, inspiration, love of the natural world, etc.), Brown details a specific list of DOs and DON'Ts for these field trips (e.g., check gas and weather, bring snacks). These things might be self-evident, but make one of these mistakes just once and see how quickly your planned trip explodes in your face. She also covers how to plan your adventure and even how to create field trip groups so that more people can get in on the fun.

"Part 2, A Field Trip for Everyone!" covers a dozen types of field trips, defined by themes. Now, I like to go places and see things, especially if they have anything to do with history. On my honeymoon the route was planned not only to see everything on Prince Edward Island having to do with Lucy Maud Montgomery and Anne of Green Gables, but to take minor detours to see the graves of American presidents, patriots, and victims of the sinking of the "Titanic." So the first section of Brown's guide, "Blasting Through the Past: Field Trips with a Historical Theme" is preaching to the choir as far as I am concerned. "A Walk on the Wild Side: Field Trips with a Naturalist Theme" is also self-evident. Last month I took a trip to the Pacific Northwest and took trips to check out the waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge and the devastation of Mount Saint Helens. Again, going to see things is an easy sell because we have all these National Parks and pretty pictures on postcards to convince us there are reasons millions of people go each year to see certain sights.

That is why the sections where Brown expands the traditional field trip to include things you would not think of at first is the strength of the book. You fill find "Field Trip Plans" for caves (geologic theme), weather stations (meteorological theme), dairy (culinary theme), county courthouse (governmental theme), fish hatchery (naturalist theme), glass blowing studio (industrial theme), gardening center (botanical theme), television station (communication theme), art museum (artistic theme), and real estate agency (mathematical theme). If it is not obvious to you at this point it should be clear that this book is of value to teachers as well. A lot of these places are going to be easily within driving distance of schools as well as families.

Brown is not intending to be comprehensive in terms of suggestions, because once you start trying to do that the list never ends. So when she talks about trips with a literary theme she provides some choice examples representing different regions of the country: the Home of Harper Lee ("To Kill a Mockingbird") in Monroeville, Alabama; the Homes of Laura Ingalls Wilder ("Little House on the Prairie") in De Smet, South Dakota; and the Beverly Clearly ("Beezus and Ramona") Sculpture Garden in Portland, Oregon. You get the idea from these examples and can certainly find examples of authors in your neck of the woods. There are plenty of sites that will tell you what authors came from your state, perhaps even your city, and the same thing would apply to the rest of these themes. Brown herself provides lots of other ideas for field trips in each section.

With each Field Trip Brown outlines the objectives, what can be done to prepare for the trip, what to do to help enjoy the trip while you are taking it, how to follow-up on the experience, and ways of using the knowledge. There are examples of arts and crafts types projects that you can do for some of these as well as books and websites specific to some of the trips and the general themes. Certainly there are enough ideas in here for you to find something that will appeal to both you and your kids (or your class). If you have a limited amount of time to come up with the next family outing or are looking for new ideas, then "Day Tripping" is going to be a big help.
Do you ever remember really boring driving trips with your parents when you were little? Did you ever ask, "How much longer?" What would you have given for the trip to have been fun for you? Well, if you are like me, the trip should have been a lot shorter and included something I wanted to do.

I have always been fascinated by how human organizations work. I think that interest traces back in part to the many tours my Dad took me on in our hometown when I was very young. He would arrange for some friendly person he knew to show me the "inside" scoop at the ice cream factory, the tortilla factory, the lawn mower repair shop, the car repair shop, a dairy, the fire station, a butcher shop, a farm, a supermarket's warehouse, the local railroad station, and the police station. I could tell he loved those tours as much as I did, even though he learned nothing new. The driving part of the trip was never more than 20 minutes (and usually less than five), and all of the activities were ones that I enjoyed.

That early interest led me into becoming a management consultant and expert on how to make organizations more effective and improve the quality of life for everyone. Hardly a month passes when I do not have yet another chance to make a similar adult-version tour.

When my children were little, I adored taking them on the same kind of tours that my Dad did . . . as adjusted for their interests. It turned out that one of their favorite tours was of our office!!!! Imagine that.

When I was young, I had a friend named Teri Brown who could make a lot out of a little like no one else I've ever met. When I saw that Day Tripping was about taking children on educational day trips, I was hooked. It turns out that this is a different Teri Brown (the age and husband's names are different), but the same talents seem to be present in both women.

Most of us grasp very little from visiting something we haven't seen before. Even when I take knowledgeable adults who are properly briefed on a tour of a factory, I find that they have missed the significance of 95% of what they have seen . . . unless you take four hours to discuss what they have just seen for every hour they spent seeing it.

Ms. Brown clearly understands that point and charts out her ideas to allow your family to find activities it will find stimulating and to fully explore that stimulation in ways that will make the experience more meaningful to them. I think that's an exceptional quality in a book aimed at helping parents become better at helping their children learn.

She develops examples along a number of themes: historical, geological, meteorological, culinary, government, literary, naturalist, industrial production, botanical, communications, artistic and mathematical.

Having done this sort of trip all of my life, I found my horizons being expanded by that list. I'm sure my grandchildren will benefit as a result. Culinary, communications and mathematical were all new dimensions for me . . . but ones that I know I would enjoy.

She also gives you lots of templates to organize your thinking and preparation. In that way, you won't forget to develop an aspect of the trip's potential. For example, she outlines a possible objective for the trip, ways to prepare, how to enjoy the trip, follow-up activities to deepen the learning and possible applications of the new knowledge. You can obviously build on her examples to make the results more customized to your family.

This book will be valuable to all families with children . . . but it will be a Godsend to home schooling parents. The book also provides lots of advice on how to arrange for group tours as ways to meet other home schooling families. I was reminded of this recently when a good friend came to Boston to take his family on a home schooling field trip on American history. If he could have done his trip with other families, the trip would have been much more successful for all.

All books have some weaknesses in them. The main one I noted here is that the author lives in Oregon and her detailed examples are a little more Oregon-centric than would be desirable. She overcomes that bias by talking about what's probably available near you. So I think the book works. But if you happen to live in Oregon, this is an even better book for you!

So where will you go first?
I loved the practical advice and unique suggestions in "Day Tripping." The friendly tone and step-by-step instructions made me feel that educational family trips were something I could handle, while the many different suggestions made me excited to get out there! I think this resource is going to be a real boon to my kids' education.