One practice that is grounded in our progressive principles is the field trip, an approach to learning that was pioneered at LREI. Through the trip, we seek to take learning out into the world and to then bring the world into the classroom to deepen and enrich the learning experience. As Agnes De Lima explains in The Little Red School House:
[Our] curriculum is built around the children’s explorations of the world and the intellectual and emotional stimulation that comes from contact with the living book of everyday life. . . . We have attempted to tear down the walls of the classroom and bring the child into direct contact with the community. . . . Their trips not only cause them to have an understanding of people but give them the stimulus to do something about it.