Virtual field trips - full of language and fun - can still be "taken" from the comfort of your own home. Connect to you laptop or tablet, nestle down w/ your child in their comfy beanbag - and let the adventure begin!
Here are a few helpful suggestions:
1. Let your child help lead the "travel plans." Maybe they don't know where they'd like to go - but, they know what they want to see.
Example: If they want to look at giraffes - take a safari to Africa.
2. Model and encourage descriptions of what you see.
Example: Describe the giraffe - its design, parts, shape, color, size.
3. Use specific "wh" questions when talking about what you see.
Example: What is the giraffe eating? Where does the giraffe live? Who lives in the same place?
4. Include follow-up activities to reinforce language skills.
Example: Paint/color/craft a giraffe and its friends, read books together about African animals, pretend play in your tent "safari" that you are the animals - of course, with the ability to TALK to each other.
Limitless possibilities exist to expose children to fun, vocabulary and language-rich experiences during virtual field trips.
And your child may just fall in love with your favorite spot!