Maria Montessori has always been a proponent of play, especially when children engage in this behavior in the natural outdoor environment.  “Play is the work of the child,” she said.  Middle school students are no exception to this statement!  A highlight of Thursday’s Middle School field trip into New York City included unstructured outdoor playtime on play structures that brought out their younger children within.  

Middle School students eagerly finished lunch early and quickly ran off to jump, swing, climb and hang upside down, bringing smiles to teachers and adults nearby.  Their enthusiasm was infectious and teachers soon joined in the fun. Impromptu games of tag and hide and seek developed, complete with sophisticated strategies.  Caring friends even helped each other climb large dinosaur structures to evade capture.  Everyone unleashed the 4 year old within!

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