Monday, January 8, 2018

Homeschool Field Trip: Theater

When planning your homeschool field trips, don't overlook opportunities to take your children to the theater! Arts experiences can get pricey, though, so I always start with school day performances when selecting these outings.

- School day performances often cost a fraction of evening admission. At around $6 per ticket in our area, it's one of the cheapest ways to see live theater. They also tend to be a length appropriate for their intended audience.

- Shows are often chosen for their educational merit. We've seen everything from adaptations of children's books to legends to historical figures and events brought to life on the stage. Oftentimes the host venue or the performing group will share a guide in advance that includes readings and activities to do before and after seeing the show to tie it into various areas of study.

- It's fun! One of my favorite things about being in school was taking field trips. Although Pip's homeschool experience is radically different from my public school one, I still make a big deal about "field trips" like these and she gets really excited about them (and I do, too).

If you're in western Kentucky, the Glema Mahr Center for the Arts in Madisonville and RiverPark Center in Owensboro both offer stellar school day line-ups year after year. If you're not in this area, I urge you to look for your nearest performing arts center and take advantage of any school day events they have.

I'd like to hear about some of your favorite homeschool field trips!

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