Do you remember when you went on your first field trip? You probably wither couldn't sleep or couldn't sleep early enough because you're too excited to go. It's no different for your little one. Going on a field trip is an adventure.
School officials pick places that could further the children's lessons, whether it piques their interest or lets them see or experience first-hand things that are related to their topics. Of course, there has to be fun places, too, where kids can enjoy. Field trips could also be the time to practice and learn social skills and proper manners. Clearly, the advantages of going on a field trip outweighs whatever apprehensions you might have.
If the school allows you to chaperon your child in his field trip, we understand that you'd jump at the opportunity. However, when you do go on that field trip, remember these tips:
1. Be sensitive to your child's needs As a chaperone, be prepared for everything. Don't forget, for example, your child's asthma medicine, just in case. When Sally Ramos, stay-at-home mom of three, went on her first field trip with her eldest, she also tried to re-learn things. "Trust that school official have taken the precautions necessary to keep them safe, so you, too, can relax a bit and enjoy the experience as well," she says. However, be alert and be aware of what's happening around you. Bring up anything that you think is unusual.
2. Lend a helping hand, if needed You might be there to look after your child, but it doesn't mean that you'd turn a blind eye on other kids. However, know your place, as they would have a parent or guardian with them, too. Lana Juan, a paraeducator based in the U.S. and a mom to a preschooler, suggests to try to be helpful, if the need arises, and be flexible. Look at it this way, helping each other mean helping your children have the best field trip experience--and you're helping the teachers, too. A field trip is a team effort.
3. Answer the kids’ questions Young kids could have a lot of questions and it's important to indulge them. Juan, a paraeducator based in the U.S. and a mom to a preschooler, says it'd would be nice to answer the kids’ questions if you can. Help the teachers process the kids' inquiries. When kids ask questions, they want to learn, so provide them with answers to the best of your capabilities. You may also want to ask your child questions when exploring on their own, as well, to try to engage them to get maximum learnings.
4. Model proper behavior Juan reminds parents to be of their best behavior, too. Be minful of "the use of voice volume, spatial orientation among others, good manners, and the like," she says. One instance when you should remember your manners is when you're taking pictures of your child, for example. Be considerate of pther parents, advises Shar Picache, career mom of two. If there’s a line, queue up. Keep small trash in your pocket and throw them nowhere else but in the proper bins. Little things, yes, but these small thing could help you child’s social skills by leaps and bounds.
5. Take a step back "You are there to attend to you child, yes, but at the same time, if it's possible for your to be "invisible" in some activities, take a step back, so they can explore on their own with the class," shares Picache. Try not to hover. You could be disrupting the children’s activities and hinder their learning experience. "If it's a group activity or an interactive one, I step back. But if they're asked to explore, I stay with him so I can ask questions, she shares. Stop yourself from saying, "Stay right beside me" or "No, you can't do this or that" all the time.
Remember, parents, you will not be allowed to always accompany your child in field trips, so take this opportunity to teach them how to be independent--but also, don't forget to have fun!
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