The end of another homeschooling year calls for a celebration, right? Well, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a field trip!
Actually, I learned a long ago that field trips are a great way both to begin AND end our homeschooling year. For our first day of school every year, a field trip makes a great so-long-summer, this-is-the-last-hurrah kind of day before the regular routine of school begins. For our last day of school, a field trip is a reward for hard work and a perfect way to celebrate all we’ve accomplished throughout the year.
Our destinations vary, but this year we decided to spend our last day of school strawberry picking at Gallrein Farms in Shelbyville. It’s a place we try to visit at least once every year, if not for the strawberries in the spring, then for the sweet corn in the summer.
But last year we didn’t get to go AT ALL, which had me distraught! Fortunately a friend came to my rescue and gave me some strawberries, so at least there could be a little homemade jam. But I missed the visit to Gallrein’s so much and the kids and I were anxious to go back this year, so for our last day of school we made the 50-minute drive to lovely Shelbyville.