For those who are able, going on a class trip with your child can (and should) be a wonderful experience. You get to spend the day in a different setting with your little (or not so little) one, and you also get great insights about how he or she fits in with her peers and compares developmentally. And let's be honest - it's also a perfect chance to scope out future desirable playdates!
Last night on CHEX Daily I chatted with hosts Teresa Kaszuba and Mike Judson about the do's and don'ts of being a great field trip supervisor.
I'm at the 29:29 mark, and the video is also available here: https://youtu.be/rzxyIq4KeGc?t=29m29s
Of course, not all field trips go perfectly. One of my readers shared with me that she had a negative experience on an excursion because of a particularly difficult child assigned to her group. First of all, you should consider it a compliment if you're entrusted with a needier student, as the teacher must think you can handle it! However, there's a big difference between having to be extra vigilant with more activity from a child than you're used to, and actually feeling that anyone's safety (or even enjoyment of the day) is being jeopardized. In that case, you should definitely let the teacher know so a solution can be found.
Have fun, and never forget how much teachers value and appreciate any time parents can offer!