Friday, September 24, 2010

Field Trip Friday (New Feature!)

Starting today, I will be adding a new feature to my blog on Friday.  It is called Field Trip Friday.  Every week I will feature a fun and exciting field trip destination.  Field trips have become an important part of our homeschool and I want to share some of the fun and exciting places we have discovered.  This will be a great resource for homeschool families, teachers and also for weekend or summer family outings.  I will also include any books or activities we used before or after the field trip and a link to the website of the location (if available).

Most of the locations will be in or around the Kansas City area but I will try to feature other cities and states as well.  If you have any suggestions for places to feature on Field Trip Friday send me an e-mail (cutting coupons in kc at gmail dot com) with the name of the location and a link to the website. 

Our first Field Trip is the Harry S. Truman Home in Independence, MO.

Cost:  $4.00 Adult, Children 15 & under FREE

This field trip was very educational and a lot of fun.  Not only did Connor get to see the home of a US President but he also got to see how people lived in the past.  He especially liked touring the kitchen and the rotary phone.  This field trip is ideal for children ages 5 & up but younger children would probably enjoy and learn from it as well. 

Since the home is run and operated by the National Parks Service their is a Jr. Ranger program.  The booklet is available to download here or you can pick one up at the Visitor's Center.  There are 2 different books available, one for ages 5-8 and one for ages 9-12.  Connor really enjoyed completing the activities in the book.  Once complete, your child can turn it in at the Visitor's Center and a Park Ranger will have them take an oath and give them a badge and certificate.

There is a special page for teachers here.  It includes field trip planning and curriculum materials.

(That is Connor, me & Aunt Jan in front of the Truman home)

Books we read before the Field Trip:

Other Resources:

Go here to see all of the Field Trip Fridays.


  1. I look forward to seeing all of the places that you go. We went on a field trip Saturday to Wonderscope and had a great time. I think we will check out the Harry S Truman home as well.

  2. Wonderscope is a lot of fun and is a great indoor winter field trip. I will have to feature it sometime this winter.


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