My boys were exposed to natural wonders like spectacular lightning storms, mountains, geysers, tar pits, paint pots, enormous caverns, red rock arches and balanced rocks, the Grand Canyon, and petrified trees. In just 17 days, they encountered a wide array of animals: insects as big as their feet, wolf packs, elk, bison, and thousands of bats. Watching the bats come flying out of the main entrance to the Carlsbad Caverns at dusk was truly spectacular.
Our family loves hiking and climbing and there was plenty of that going on. We hiked through Arches National Park and climbed inside Native American cliff dwellings, underground kivas, and big brick castles.
Notebooking Our Field Trip in a Travel Journal
I made a field trip and travel journal for my boys to take on our journey, but it really didn’t work out for our kids to write during our trip. I know I read a lot about car-schooling, but that would never fly in our family. Our boys cherish car trips. They provide so much space for observation, and (if we’re going to be honest here) eating and sleeping.
When we got home, I printed our photos and the boys journaled about each site they’d visited. They marked their maps, pasted in photos and paper souvenirs like tickets, and listed all of the places they’d been. We worked on notebooking about one place each day, so it took us a good three weeks or so to do all of our writing. We just skipped any writing classes in our curriculum during that time.
My boys have a wonderful record of their trip, they did their notebooking soon enough after our return to really remember the events, and they were able to think critically about everything they saw and did.
Our field trips and travel since have been shorter–mostly one-day trips, but those trips have been important learning journeys for our kids. They notebook about each journey and mark it on their map, including photos from the trip.
If you’ve been around Thinking Kids for any time at all, you know I’m a huge fan of the practice of notebooking. My children are excellent writers because of it.
Keeping a field trip and travel journal for each child has been a wonderful experience for our family and I wanted to share that with you as well, so that your kids can benefit from the practice.
My Field Trip and Travel Journal
The My Field Trip and Travel Journal is a wonderful record of trips for your children, with watercolor artwork and quotes from Christian history throughout.
Your kids will keep track of:
- Places They’ve Been
- Places They’d Like to Go
- Mapping Their Journeys
- A Record of Their Trips
- Trip Dates
Your kids will learn:
- To Keep Lists
- About Geography
- Where They Are in the World
- Notetaking Skills
- Basic Memoir Story Writing
- To Plan Trips on the Calendar
Where I’ve Been and Where I’m Going
Do you remember all of the trips you went on as a child? Neither do I. There are some I remember, but I don’t know the location. Your children will have a permanent record of the places they’ve explored! There are two lists for your children to use.
- Places They’ve Been
- Places They’d Like to Go
As your children fill out the list of places they’ve been, remember to prompt them about day trips and small field trips as well as vacations and road trips. The one-hour trip to a factory to see cheese made is an important field trip and should be recorded.
Mapping Our Journeys
Your child will have the opportunity to map where they’ve been and to plan where they’d like to go. Your child’s journal will have blank continent maps and country maps of the United States and Canada.
- Label the Countries of the World
- Mark Where They’ve Been
- Show Where They’d Like to Go
- Color in Different Countries
- Mark Their Home Location
How to Notebook (and What is Notebooking?)
A Record Of My Trips
The My Field Trip and Travel Journal provides four pages of structured notes for each trip. Your child’s journal will have space to record 31 journeys.
- Where They Went
- The Date of Their Trip
- What They Saw
- Who Went With Them
- Three Things They Learned
- A Story About Their Trip
- Drawings and Photos About Their Trip
Coordinating Resources We Love
Bible Road Trip: A 3-Year Bible Curriculum for Preschool through High SchoolWhen Lightning Struck!: The Story of Martin LutherWonderfully Made: God’s Story of Life from Conception to BirthNeenah Astrobrights Premium Color Card Stock, 65 lb, 8.5 x 11 Inches, 250 Sheets, Stardust WhiteCrayola Fun Effects Mini Twistables Crayons, 24-Count, 1 packCrayola Different Colored Pencils, 100 Count, Adult ColoringTruBind 10 Mil 8-1/2 x 11 Inches PVC Binding Covers – Pack of 100, Clear (CVR-10ASN)TruBind TB-S20 Spiral Coil Binding Machine (TB-S20)TruBind 8-1/2 x 11 Inches 12 Mil Sand Texture Polycovers – Pack of 100, Black (CSD12-ASBK)TruBind 20mm (3/4-Inch) Standard Black Coil Bindings, Pack of 50 (COIL20-BK)TruBind Heavy-Duty Coil Cutting and Crimping Tool
Field Trip and Travel Stickers
Your journal comes a page of field trip and travel badges your child can cut out and paste to the calendar to mark important trip dates. There is space to write the field trip destination on each sticker.
- To Keep Track of Dates
- To Plan Ahead
- To Anticipate Their Field Trips
How to Print and Use the Journal
I suggest you print the My Field Trip and Travel Journal duplexed (double-sided) on a thicker paper like white cardstock. You can have it coil bound at your local supply store, or you can do it yourself. (I really wish I’d purchased my own coil binding machine. It would have saved me so much time and money!)
The My Field Trip and Travel Journal will give your kids a permanent record of their trips, and will help them really think through what they’ve seen and learned!
Notebooking Resources for Your Kids!
Bible Road Trip™ Year One Notebooking JournalsBible Road Trip™ Year Two Notebooking JournalsBible Road Trip™ Year Three Notebooking JournalsMy Timeline NotebookMy Book LogMy Field Trip and Travel JournalMy Sermon NotebookCobblestone Path™ Church History Research Journals
Teach Your Kids the Bible with Bible Road Trip™
Bible Road Trip™ is a three-year Bible survey curriculum. Take your family through the Bible five times from preschool to high school.
To help you get the most out of your studies, Bible Road Trip™ has an array of coordinating weekly activities:
- Researching the section of the Bible you’re studying
- Reading and discussing the Bible
- Memorizing Scripture
- Notebooking about your studies
- Praying for the nations
- Suggestions for further study
- Crafting about what you’ve learned
- For your older students: A project to share what they’ve learned
- Bible Road Trip™ also has some great tools you can use along with it, such as:
- Notebooking Journals for grades 1-9. Want a structured notebooking journal for high school? Don’t hesitate to use the Dialectic journal (grades 7-9).
- Bible Memory Card Sets for all five levels of study, preschool to high school. These are available in both ESV and KJV.
Grab your Bible Road Trip™ Year One Sample Pack. You’ll get:
- The Bible Road Trip™ Parent / Teacher Guide.
- The first three weeks of the curriculum for all five learning levels. Week Three is where we really dive into the Bible and begin to our systematic study. Week Three will give you a good feel for the rest of the curriculum.
- The first three weeks of the Bible Memory Card sets for all five levels, in ESV and KJV.
- The first three weeks of each of the three leveled Notebooking Journals.
Grab the Sample Pack for FREE:
Disciple your kids by taking your family through the Bible together in a meaningful way!
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible
You want your kids to learn and love the Bible.
You want to teach the Bible…
As parents, we deeply desire the best for our kids. We look for the right schools, we make them eat right and exercise, and we get them involved in extracurricular activities. We take our job as parents seriously.
But are we also putting our time and energy into
teaching them the Bible? Giving them the life-changing, soul-nourishing words of Scripture is not only doable, it’s an essential part of parenting kids for Jesus. And the good news is, studying God’s Word as a family doesn’t have to be difficult!
2 Timothy 2:15, ESV, says:
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved,
a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Our job, as parents who love Jesus, is to help our kids become approved workers, unashamed and rightly handling the word of truth.
The good news? Teaching the Bible isn’t hard. Your family can learn the Bible together.
…and you can!
A Crash Course in Teaching the Bible to Your Kids
Danika Cooley’s book, Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible, will give you the tools and confidence to study the Bible as a family. It will help you identify and overcome your objections and fears, give you a crash course in what the Bible is all about and how to teach it, and provide the guidance you need to set up a family Bible study habit.
You will finish this book feeling encouraged and empowered to initiate and strengthen your child’s relationship with the Lord through His Word.
Help Your Kids Learn and Love the Bible will equip you with everything you need to know to teach the Bible to your kids!
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