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Field Trips

Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words, but by experiences in the environment.     - Maria Montessori

Students of all ages experience opportunities outside of the classroom as a means of not only broadening the mind and spirit, but as an opportunity to practice grace and courtesy in the larger world. Teachers guide students in trip planning and encourage them to take initiatives to extend what is learned in the classroom to a real-world setting. Travel experiences, whether local or abroad, are carefully planned and designed for the developmental needs of the learner at each age group.

Toddler 

While our toddlers do not travel away from our campus, they do step out of the classroom to experience the larger environment that is our school, whether it’s a trip on the bead-rope to the gym or a visit to the Administration building to say hello. 

Children’s House Kindergarten and older

Once a student reaches Children’s House Kindergarten, occasional field trips occur as a part of the curriculum. Local field trips help deepen student learning by making concepts more relevant and are often planned at the end of a unit of study to help them engage with the content in a hands-on way. With the rich variety of resources in the Triangle area, field trip destinations include museums, planetariums, parks, and area businesses. Parents may be invited to volunteer as chaperones. 

Overnight Trips | Middle and Upper School

Long after students graduate from MSR, they will remember the overnight trips experienced while Middle and Upper School students at MSR. Students take at least two trips each year, including an “Odyssey” trip at the beginning of the year and a national or international trip at the end of the year. What students experience on these trips is an essential part of the curriculum. More importantly, the experiences they share, living together as a community away from home, solidifies friendships that last through their educational career and beyond. 

Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3) 

Grade 3 Overnight:
In May of the third year of Lower Elementary, students experience their first overnight trip in a small, manageable, age-appropriate way. This one-night trip begins with a full day field trip to Blue Jay Point Park. Later, students travel by bus to our Brier Creek campus where they spend the night together with Faculty chaperones in our Middle School building. Students help plan this fun opportunity for time together with their classmates enjoying games, a movie, dinner and a camping-like sleeping experience. This 3rd year overnight is a first step towards preparing students for the future overnight trips they will experience in Upper Elementary   

Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6) 

Betsy-Jeff Penn Center 
At the beginning of each school year, Upper Elementary (UE) students participate in a three-day community retreat at the Betsy Jeff Penn Center 4-H Center in Reidsville, N.C., for the purpose of building community and trust. Sixth year students step out of their comfort zone and are empowered when they complete the Center's high ropes course and climb of the “Pamper Pole."

Upper Elementary Spring Environmental Trips 
As part of the curriculum, UE Montessori students engage in ecological studies addressing the full scale of life, from tiny bacteria to processes that span the entire planet. They are taught that every living thing has a meaningful function in a larger system and students are encouraged to make their own unique contribution to the world. To deepen their understanding of the interconnectedness of the world around them, UE students participate in a three-day, environmental trip trip each spring. The focus of the trips rotates each year as students travel to for either mountain, river, or ocean study experience in North Carolina. Trips UE environmental trips have included the Don-Lee Center, Sound to Sea, and Earthshine(? check this).

Sixth grade - New York City Odyssey Trip
Sixth year students plan all aspects of this five-day trip to New York City. They choose a fundamental need to explore in relationship to a site in New York City, research the site, contact appropriate personnel at the site to plan an interview or tour, and lead their peers to the site using public transportation or walking. The entire experience empowers students and allows them to gain perspective on themselves and their place in the world.

Sixth grade - New York City Odyssey Trip
Sixth year students plan all aspects of this five-day trip to New York City. They choose a fundamental need to explore in relationship to a site in New York City, research the site, contact appropriate personnel at the site to plan an interview or tour, and lead their peers to the site using public transportation or walking. The entire experience empowers students and allows them to gain perspective on themselves and their place in the world.

Between Campuses

Additionally, students in Upper Elementary routinely visit our Brier Creek Campus to familiarize themselves with our Middle & Upper School campus and to experience enriching land-based activities on our 39 acre site.