Our Upper Elementary students wrote about the “Going Outs” at RMS:
“Going Outs” are a way for children in groups of two or three to organize their own field trip to learn more about something that was introduced in class. This exercise helps us improve our independence. We plan the whole trip from calling the place we would like to go, to scheduling the day, to calling a volunteer parent to drive us (which can’t be one of our own parents.)
Our Going Out was to the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center (LCEC) in Charlottesville, and our generous driver was Mrs. Ford. When we arrived, a nice lady, our guide, greeted us. We toure d a small keelboat replica of Lewis and Clark’s, completed a scavenger hunt in the museum, took a nature walk along the Rivera River to look for natural signs of animals, and mapped the area which we had traveled. We finished with learning how to make a dug-out canoe.
We had specific questions we wanted to learn more about, and it is now time for us to share our experience with our classmates and teach them what we learned. Our Going Out was the first in our class for 2016, and it was a great success.
James (4th year), Joseph (4th year), and Sam (5th year) at Richmond Montessori private school.