Field trips can be a fun learning experience for your students , but only if they are following the rules. Whether you are taking your students to a kids’ birthday party place or a museum, here are some important ways to establish field trip rules and expectations:
Establish Expectations Beforehand
To run a well-behaved class during a field trip, it is essential that your students understand your expectations and class rules well before the trip begins. If your students do not follow rules in class, then they will not likely follow them at a kids’ party place or museum. Make sure that your students understand and have consistently followed the rules before suggesting a field trip. If you have additional rules and expectations—such as respecting the chaperones as if they were teachers—then establish them before the field trip.
Lay Out Consequences in Advance
Part of learning the rules also means learning the consequences if a rule is broken. It is important that your students understand what could happen if they break rules or show disrespect before and during a field trip. It is just as important that you and your chaperones follow through on those consequences. Before the field trip begins , make sure there is a suitable consequence for students who misbehave during the trip. This may include students sitting with the chaperones while their peers can jump in bounce houses and play different party games for kids.
Reinforce Rules Throughout
Children need constant rule reinforcement, especially when they are in a stimulating environment like a children’s museum or play place. If children are becoming unruly, loud, or otherwise disrespectful, then reinforce the rules and expectations already laid out. Give your students a chance or two to change their behavior before giving a consequence. Encourage the students who are behaving and following the rules.
For a lively and fun field trip this school year, bring your students to Bounce U for a field trip on inflatables in Farmingdale. We can provide food, drinks, and all sorts of kids’ party entertainment. Call us at (516) 986-4518 to make a reservation.