What better way to teach students with learning differences than to allow them to become part of the experience? Field trips have always been regarded as good teaching tools. Students with learning differences can rely on the senses of sight, sound, smell, etc. to experience and recall the moment.
As a school for students with learning differences, Fairhill takes students on plenty of field trips for students at all grade levels. But we don’t stop there. At varying stages of maturity, Fairhill also takes students on overnight trips. These trips provide opportunities for learning but also for building confidence, establishing independence, working cooperatively with a group, and developing empathy.
- 5th and 6th graders attend camp at an outdoor learning center. In addition to environmental science studies, they also develop confidence through various challenge activities including a ropes course and climbing wall.
- 7th graders travel to Austin, San Antonio, and Houston. In addition to exploring history and science, they experience camaraderie and independence as they tour Texas.
- 8th and 9th graders travel by airplane to our nation’s capital. They take in all the sites over a week’s time. These students have opportunities to explore US history and government.
- 11th and 12th graders take a seven to ten day trip outside of the country. Students further their independence and confidence by navigating international travel while also learning and experiencing another culture first hand.
This year, Fairhill School 11th and 12th graders took a memorable trip to Costa Rica. The Fairhill travelers delivered school supplies to children of a Costa Rican town. They played traditional games, danced, and went on exciting outdoor adventures, They fell in love with the country and its people. Click here or on the screen below to see the video of their incredible, life-changing experience. It will make you smile!
Video designed by Lauren Madeley, Teacher, Fairhill School