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well-rounded home education wouldn’t be complete

without lots of field trips; right? I am not just talking

about the “grocery store field trip”. We all know the

benefits of field trips: firsthand experience, knowledge from

experts, and fellowship with friends. Harvey & Laurie Bluedorn

suggest: “Give your child experiences from which to build his

understanding of the world - experiences he will draw upon and

perhaps revisit when he is older. “

If you’re like me, you start the year off with noble aspirations.

However, as autumn slips by, consumed with new curricula and

a busy co-op schedule, well intended plans get pushed aside.

Perhaps reflecting on the spiritual aspect will encourage us to

take a fresh look at field trips, going beyond the academic to a

higher purpose.

Have you ever stopped to consider the spiritual benefits of

a field trip? That’s right, spiritual benefits! Your family can find

spiritual blessings in the midst of learning outside the home.

Let’s dive into five blessings that come from field trips.

1. Experience God’s Glory

My mama heart soared during a recent family trip to a

spectacular, rugged Missouri State Park. While hiking, our son

proclaimed out loud,“This is the most beautiful place I have ever

seen. It makes me want to worship God!”

Isn’t that our goal for home education? To draw our children

to God and create an environment for worship? How blessed

our children are when we take them to experience all of God’s

wisdom and glory, whether in nature, at the science museum, or

through history exhibits where we learn about God’s provision

for humanity.

“I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart;

I will tell of all your wonders.”

Psalm 9:1

2. Be a Light

What a statement our families make when we interact with

our communities! Nothing stands out more in today’s society

then a group of well-mannered, appropriately dressed children

with a desire to learn. On a field trip, we are first a testimony of

Christ, but also of home education.

It can be tempting to keep to ourselves and stay under the

radar. But God has called us to be a light in this dark world. Field

trips serve as opportunities to shine.

“You are the light of the world.

A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”

Matthew 5:14

3. Practice Apologetics

Sitting criss-cross applesauce on the floor of the library, my

sweet six-year-old looked appalled as the traveling zoo program

Field Trips:

A Spiritual Necessity