Is it your child’s first field trip? If so, we understand how difficult it would be for you to leave your child alone especially if the trip demands an overnight stay. Learning from a child’s experience is as necessary as learning from his books. These kinds of excursions will help emotional and intellectual development in her.
So, if parents are hesitant to send their small ones on the trip, they can clarify all their doubts regarding the excursion with the teacher. The following are some questions that you can ask her teacher or the in charge of the trip:
- What is the medium and route of travel?
- Who is responsible for the safety of the kids?
- What are the do’s and don’ts for the trip?
Experts at Lets Practise share five useful tips for parents to help the child prepare for a field trip:
To prevent your child from getting nervous at the last minute, parents should plan everything in advance. If it is a two or three-day trip, neatly iron and packs her clothes and other essentials for the trip. Also, let her know where you have placed them. Most of the schools ask their children to come in a particular colour for the trip. So check her school dairy if any such information. Keep her dress, shoes and socks, bags, et cetera ready the previous night itself.
Talk to them
Parents should talk to their children about the field trip, especially if it is her first time. Ask her what she is expecting from the field trip. Explain to her everything that she may come across in the journey. Make her understand the way she should behave in the trip. Mentally prepared children are less likely to suffer homesickness. Keep some over the counter (a cough, cold, headache) medicine handy and inform the teacher about the same.
Know how much cash is appropriate for the trip
We know that you take care of every need of your child. You would have a surely packed couple of snacks, clothes and other essentials, but there are times when your child wishes to buy something from the field trip. Giving too much money is not safe for the child at the same time a very little amount can also leave your child in an embarrassing situation. So, you can ask her teacher to suggest the amount that you can give her.
Place contact details at right places
Though this point seems too much, you cannot ignore this while preparing for the trip. Every school makes sure that their children are safe but to be safer parents can keep the contact information in the child’s pockets, bag, water bottle, etc. this will help the child to get back to her group even if she gets away from them.
This is the last but most important tip for parents to prepare their child for her field trip. When it comes to your child, her safety would always be your first priority. To ensure that your child is safe even when she is away from you, you need to take the following actions:
- If your child needs personal attention at certain times, please inform her teacher or the trip in charge in advance. Example: vomiting sensation during the bus journey.
- If your child is allergic to anything, it is very important to let her teacher know that.
- If your child is taking medicines for anything, you can give the medication for the appropriate number of days.
Try these tips in next first field trip and if she had already been on a trip then let us know about her experience. Was she able to relate it to her curriculum? If you have any valuable tips for other parents please share them with us here.