Visit Colonial Williamsburg Where School Group Tours Benefit Educators

03/31/2010  | 
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Have you considered just how easy a Colonial Williamsburg study visit can be? We know that if you’re an educator, a field trip outside of the classroom — let alone your hometown — is definitely worthwhile, but it can be a tiring process. The itinerary planning, coming up with correlating lesson plans, and the cost involved can be quite intimidating. Is it worth it? Well, that depends on where you go and what you hope to accomplish. Colonial Williamsburg can assist you in meeting the objectives set forth in a standard field trip, and our study visit program will likely exceed most of your expectations.

Almost any field trip can stimulate learning by putting students in a new environment and giving them a chance to interact with other people and experience other teaching methods. A Colonial Williamsburg study visit combines a field trip with a unique educational opportunity. We make every effort to assist educators with lesson plans, budget planning, meeting SOL requirements, and providing a safe environment in which students can learn. Our school group tours make learning outside of the classroom easy!

We have different pricing plans for various budgets. Choose overnight stays, dining options, and professionally guided tours of the Historic Area, including the Governor’s Palace and Capitol. Or, opt for a self-guided tour and customize your teaching to areas pertinent to your current curriculum. Instruction may include subjects such as history, 18th-century life and values, economics, politics, religion, and the law. Both tour types create an atmosphere where professionals can teach SOLs. Our knowledgeable guides incorporate lesson plans into the tour of the Historic Area that meet national and Virginia state standards of learning, the aim of every trained educator.

By interacting with our character interpreters and seeing how they go about their day, your students will get a rare glimpse into the 18th century, a time when America was a fledgling nation and the decisions of our founding fathers and the actions of ordinary people set the stage for our country today. Watch as your class becomes mesmerized by the intricate detail and labor involved in printing a newspaper or pamphlet or stands in awe before a freed black woman fighting to support herself in a society ruled by wealthy whites.

Expand the experience by participating in an evening program, such as Dance, our Dearest Diversion and learn to put your best foot forward or Cry Witch and decide the fate of an accused witch. And, by exploring the galleries of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum, you can introduce students to the variety of useful items — from furniture and tea sets to weather vanes and quilts — that also have a special beauty

If you’re still asking yourself if this would be beneficial, well, your class can’t afford to skip one of the few places that has been named a “must see” in numerous travel publications.


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