MS Practical Life
Middle School students apply skills of care of self, care of environment, and grace and courtesy outside of the classroom, in the school and greater communities.
Practical Life activities help children develop their independence. In the Middle School skills pertaining to care of self, care of environment, and grace and courtesy are still important. However, these students use these skills outside of the classroom, in the school and greater communities.
Some of the most prominent examples of Practical Life in the Middle School involve:
- Class business: in which students learn numerous entrepreneurial skills, including conducting surveys, profit analysis, working with a board, and running all aspects of a business with the guidance of adults.
- Class committees: in which each student works as a co-chair responsible for the operations of a committee which serves the class and school communities.
- Fall trip: in which students participate in a three-day, off-campus excursion with Kroka Outdoor Expeditions in Marlow, NH. Activities included: farm chores; cooking; camping; wilderness skills; canoeing; and rock climbing.
- End of year trip: in which students travel for a week to Puerto Rico. Activities included: collaborating with a Puerto Rican Montessori School near San Juan; hiking in the rain forest; cooking; exploring a bioluminescent bay at night; camping, and site-seeing.
- Preparation for next schools: in which students learn and practice the skills necessary for success in their next school and beyond. Such skills include: interviewing, note-taking; studying from text books; and test preparation.