Wheaton Montessori News
A thriving and parent-supported “Going-Out” program is critical for a well-rounded Elementary experience. At Wheaton Montessori School, we’re very fortunate to have parents willing to accompany students to a wide variety of area museums, parks, libraries, and nature preserves.
Going-Out experiences are incredibly different from the “field trips” that many of us experienced as elementary students. Here, the excursion is entirely student-planned and researched. Instead of an entire class going to see the same exhibit regardless of interest, a small group of students plans a visit that culminates weeks (or months) of classroom work and research. Only after classroom or local library resources have been fully utilized will a student’s proposal for a Going-Out trip be addressed. The request must include the student’s “Why?” WHY is this trip important? How does it fit in with the work in the classroom?
Past Going-Outs have included visits to the Brookfield Zoo to see a particular animal exhibit, the Hellenic Museum in Chicago to see the exhibit on Crete after a “Gods and Goddesses” project, a trip to Cantigny to see the World War II Museum. We frequently have students visiting the Field Museum, the Museum of Science and Industry, the Morton Arboretum, and more.
Yesterday a group of five elementary students visited the Shedd Aquarium in furtherance of their research into sea life. Please enjoy these pictures, taken by their volunteer-parent-driver!