Maria Montessori’s ideal for the Elementary experience was a purposefully limited environment where key lessons provide jumping-off points for additional exploration outside the classroom. Going out, as it is known in Montessori terms, is designed to foster independence and resourcefulness, and give children important real-life experiences. As students pursue greater depth in their work, they find the need to enter the “real world” to gather additional information. Perhaps they visit a museum, interview a specialist, or investigate a rock outcropping firsthand. Trips are typically planned by a small group of students engaged in a specific type of work or research.
We also offer in-school field trips that compliment the classroom themes and lessons. They are regularly scheduled throughout the year to help supplement and internalize the lessons learned in the class. Examples of past in-school field trips include a trip to the Fire Station, Zoo, Rail museum, Mother dairy etc. as this exposes children to the real world. Children begin to understand and appreciate the relevance of what they are learning when they see real-life application of the lessons they are learning in school.
It provides a welcome break in routine and opportunities for sparking new interests and passions.