Going on longer trips is a key component of Montessori academic and social experience. Students begin overnight field trips in the fourth grade. The goals of these trips are to:
- Enhance leadership and team-building skills, decision making, and communication and cooperation skills
- Provide a rich, curriculum-focused, first-hand experience of concepts covered in the classroom setting
Example of leadership and team building trips include: Betsy Jeff Penn, Camp Don Lee, Washington, D.C., Model United Nations (NYC), Kennedy Space Center, the historical city of St. Augustine, and Green River Preserve.
These longer trips all provide the much needed element of “bonding” as a community. The students live and work together for extended periods of time, which gives them the opportunity to forge strong working relationships with their peers while applying their community-learned skills in a real-life situation (practical life).