We believe that our students don’t always need to be in close proximity to notebooks, book bags, whiteboards, and text books to learn. True learning isn’t just about memorizing facts or solving math problems. It is interactive and lifelong – a continuous process of analyzing, questioning, and discussing; looking for new meanings and unique applications of knowledge in every possible situation.
There’s a big world of questions, places, and people out there; we need to try and expose our children to as many meaningful experiences as possible. This way we can broaden their knowledge, improve early childhood education, and cultivate the type of awareness and appreciation that cannot be taught from a textbook.
At Rowntree Montessori Schools, our educational monthly trips help our students to learn through interactive and real-life situations. Whether we visit the Apple Farm or the Maple Syrup Farm, the Pioneer Village or Medieval Times, the Royal Winter Fair or the Toronto Zoo – the students experience visual and tactile learning. Our field trips are an extension of student learning, and serve to enhance knowledge that cannot be achieved in the classroom. In class, they learn about the medieval tournaments, but seeing the knights in action is an experience that cannot be replaced! When children are on trips, they learn to be independent, responsible, respectful, and curious.