Just as the caterpillar emerges from its cocoon, so is the Elementary child ready to emerge from the protective environment of the classroom into the world. The Elementary child wants to know about the natural environment and the human, cultural environment in ways that do not concern the younger child. They are voracious in their desire to find out about the world beyond the family and the classroom.
Outings are made to museums, theaters, and libraries, as well as to the post office, pet store, hardware and grocery stores, to parks and other natural environments. Sometimes the whole class will go as a group. At other times, small groups of students will go on an outing. These outings usually emerge from the work of the children in the classroom. We avoid the kind of “field trip” often taken in schools, where students are transported to the museum for a general tour, not because it relates to any work they are doing, but because it is good for them.
By the time a student reaches the Upper Elementary, classes are making overnight trips to destinations within Texas and beyond. These trips are well prepared for in the classroom and extend the child’s experience as he learns about the natural and cultural environment of our state and nation.