Who Is SoCal Field Trips?
WHO IS SOCAL FIELD TRIPS?
This is a question I get asked often when I am either leading or planning a field trip or helping to promote a venue’s event across social media. I thought I would take a moment to answer that question today.
SoCal Field Trips is a blog dedicated to active families who enjoy adventuring out of the home and into the world of hands-on learning. “Field Trips” is our second name! Whether exploring the beautiful landscape of Newport Beach’s Back Bay to learning about the history of the Berlin Wall at The Ronald Reagan Library in Simi Valley, we are dedicated to introducing our children to the vast array of fun and exciting learning opportunities throughout Southern California.
WHAT IS SOCAL FIELD TRIPS’ PURPOSE?
SoCal Field Trips’ vision is help advance the knowledge that field trips are an important part of every child’s learning experience! Big or small.
Most people learn through:
5% – 15% of Verbal or Written
10% – 20% Visual
40% – 50% Visual and Verbal
60% – 70% Discussion
90% of what you experience
Dr. Nancy Tobler’s 194 meta-analysis of 143 school based curriculum
90% of us learn through experience! Real life experiences connect the mind to the soul. When children look back upon their most memorable moments in school they often recall a field trip experience. For example, my favorite memory was when I went on a field trip to San Francisco with my 4th grade teacher. Mr. Fifthian had the unique ability to combine classroom learning with real life experiences. Walking across the Golden Gate Bridge at the age of 10 is a memory I will never forget!
If you live in Southern California, you live in what I like to call “The Field Trip Capital of The World!” There are so many wonderful learning opportunities for families and schools here it is endless. To get you started, I recommend you visit http://www.pinterest.com/socalfieldtrips/
WHO IS BEHIND SOCAL FIELD TRIPS:
My name is Jilleen and I am the founder of SoCal Field Trips. I personally come from a long line of field trip planners. As a child, my mom and aunt were very passionate about exposing their children to different people and places. Some of my favorite memories were visiting the Isleton Crawdad Festival in Isleton (http://www.isletoncoc.org/crawdad.html, watching The Bass Derby Parade in Rio Vista (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rio-Vista-Bass-Derby-Festival/111029228908870) and following Humphrey The Whale news sightings (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humphrey_the_Humpback_Whale). I give thanks to my family for instilling in me the joy of life long learning.
Prior to field trip planning, I was a Professional Singer and Speaker.
In my “pre-kid” life, I released three Christian music albums and traveled the globe doing what I love the best. Experiencing different cultures and places. However, in my “post-kid” life, I decided to stay home and raise a family.
Fast forward a few years later, I am now the Field Trip Coordinator for an amazing homeschool organization called Celebration Education (www.celebrationeducation.com). It happened by chance, when a woman named Windi, noticed that I was planning field trips for my own children on Facebook and inviting others to join along. She then proceeded to ask me to join Celebration Education and help plan field trips for their organization.
A big shout out and thank you to Windi and Heather from Celebration Education for all your support and encouragement as I have launched SoCal Field Trips. And furthermore to the homeschooling community at large and fellow bloggers who believe in my of vision of “field trips for everyone”.
MEET THE SOCAL FIELD TRIPS CREW:
Meet Jilleen! Founder and Blogger at www.socalfieldtrips.com
Meet Mr. SoCal Field Trips! He is my biggest supporter and advocate of what I do.
Meet Field Trip Boy! My son really enjoys hands on learning and visiting The Discovery Science Center and The New Children’s Museum of San Diego.
In closing, we hope you come to know SoCal Field Trips as a reliable source for amazing field trips and fun family outings throughout all of the southland.
Happy Field Tripping,
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