It is easy to wave off holidays as times to give children a break from learning. However, this can be a grave mistake. While children should be given a break from formal learning and schooling, there are many fun ways of ensuring that they do learn even during long holidays.
A field trip is an excellent idea of a fun way to teach your children and /or wards in a hands-on way during holidays. By definition, a field trip is a trip made by students to learn about something
A field trip can be to places like nature spots e.g. water springs, water falls, rocks and nature trails, zoos, schools, museums, etc. It is fun, exciting, and yet educational. Here are some benefits of a field trip:
- children have fun traveling and experiencing new places and things
- children learn in a hands-on manner different from what obtains in a school environment
- children get more exposure to the variety of peoples and customs that exist in the world
- children get to know their country better
Holidays – especially to affluent Nigerians – often mean one or more trips to choice cities in Europe, North America, Middle East or the Asia – New York, Paris, London, Atlanta, Singapore, or Dubai. However, Nigeria is a large country, with lots of beautiful locations that all provide learning experiences. Those experiences include: historical, cultural, religious and scientific. Here are a few such places:
- Olumo Rock, Abeokuta
- Ikogosi Water Falls, Ikogosi-Ekiti
- Arinta Water Fall, Iponle Ekiti
- Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife
- University Of Ibadan Zoological Garden (and the campus too)
- Obudu Cattle Ranch, Calabar
- Kainji Dam and Lake Kainji, Niger State
- Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria
These are just a handful of places to visit. Each of them have a rich history that involves stories based on culture and/or science. Your children will see and hear things for themselves that will reinforce the theoretical classes they have had in school. A lot of things will be clearer to them. And they will have great fun while at it. You should give it a try these holidays.
Don’t forget to pick up one or more of First Veritas books with homegrown content that helps your children learn from the point of view of our local environment.