Throughout the school year, New York Therapy Animals comes to visit the students at Pathways. The students pet, play with, and see tricks performed by trained and registered therapy dogs. Prior to each visit, the students write questions to ask the employees of New York Therapy Animals.
**Now Virtual** Throughout the school year, students and staff of Pathways Children's School visit Daniels Music Foundation, where they learn about the many different types of music, cultural differences between types of music and history of music. The students also learn to play and experience a wide variety of musical instruments including but not limited to bells, maracas, guitars, drums, harps, and keyboards.
**On hold due to COVID-19** Throughout the school year, Pathways visits various locations of the New York Public Library, both within walking distance (the 96th street location) as well as in other areas of Manhattan. The students have time to look through books that are in line with the curriculum and choose books to take out on their personal library card. During their time at the NY Public Library, students and staff additionally participate in group readings.
**Indoor field trips are now virtual** Our students participate in frequent field trip throughout the five boroughs. The field trips provide an opportunity for our students to apply, experience, and synthesize what they have been learning throughout each school day. Before and after each field trip the students complete a writing assignment to first provide them with prior knowledge about each location and then to allow them to analyze and discuss their experiences. Some field trips during the 2019-2020 school year included:
~ Brooklyn Robot Foundry
~ FDNY Engine 53 / Ladder 43
**Currently outdoor only**
- Visit central park
- Visit coffee shops to practice ordering and paying for items
- Visit a variety of stores (grocery stores, pharmacy, general stores, etc.) to practice purchasing items and budgeting
- Go to the movies