My toddler (almost 3 years old) attends a Montessori school three days a week. On our days at home, I enjoy the opportunity to take “field trips” around the city. And, let’s be honest, mommy needs to get out of the house. Yesterday we took a trip to our city’s Nature Museum. As a Montessori parent, I’m a strong advocate of hands-on learning. I think we all remember and learn better using different types of media and senses (aka sensorial learning and Montessori sensorial bins). At the Museum, which is designed for young kids’ play, we saw an opossum and chicken up close. A worker brought the animals out of their holding areas and talked to the kids about them. When I later asked Boaz what he liked at the Museum he remembered and was able to talk about the opossum and chicken at dinner which proved to me that the hands-on type of interaction was memorable and best promoted learning. The snakes, frogs, bugs, and other animals in their cages were not as memorable, although I’m sure he learned something from them. To underscore how kids learn using hands-on experiences, Boaz still talks about a science fair that we attended in New York during the summer. He often recalls seeing the homemade rockets and talks about how they flew in the air. Time to make our own!
Do you take homeschool or weekend field trips with your kids? How do those trips promote learning?
Pictures from our trip to the Nature Museum. Boaz LOVED watching the chicken and met a friendly opossum.