All the kids from Casa Verde are out today:
– Elementary are at the Malaga Interactive Music Museum
– Infant Community and Children’s House are at an Educational Farm in Pizarra
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.
Montessori says, “When the child goes out, it is the world itself that offers itself to him. Let us take the child out to show him real things instead of making objects which represent ideas and closing them in cupboards”. (From Childhood to Adolescence, 18).
“Once the children in the community are aware that going out is an option, you can begin to formalize their skills in planning an outing, supporting as needed. When the children have plenty of experience with planning, they will become competent at planning their outings independently, and by the end of their time in the elementary, should be going out with great regularity”. (Jamie Rue, AMI Auxiliary Trainer).
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