The Upper Elementary class visited Ellis Island and participated in their “Shore to Shore” educational program. This trip compliments their practical life and history studies. It was a beautiful, sunny day – perfect for a Ferry ride from Liberty Park to Ellis Island. Once on the island, they explored the exact room where immigrants first arrived and began experiencing a new life in America. They had a presentation and tour of what the first immigrants experienced, such as medical, mental tests, and the immigration process. Some students found their relatives’ names on the wall, and many others said they cannot wait to go back with their families to this historical island.
The visit was capped off by a fun picnic lunch and recess games under the trees on Ellis Island. Finally, a ferry brought the class right by the Statue of Liberty, which was exciting for all!
The Montessori Method of education, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori, is a child-centered educational approach based on scientific observations of children from birth to adulthood.