Science Overview

  • Beginners (ages 2-4)

    The outdoor environment introduces children to the world of nature. We seek to encourage a sense of wonder as children observe their environment, from the tiniest flowers to an emerging butterfly. The children are introduced to caring for their classroom plants and class pets as an initial exposure to the needs of living things. The Beginners class plants a garden each year where children come into direct personal contact with the growing world. The children care for the garden while learning topics such as parts of the plants and flowers, uses of beneficial insects, and the role healthy soil and plants play in their lives. The children explore culinary uses for herbs found in the garden tying together the importance of green spaces to their lives.

     

    Preschool and Preschool/Kindergarten (ages 3-6)

    Children’s natural curiosity is encouraged as they question, observe, analyze and communicate about the world. Exploration of the world and the continents is done through the use of such materials as geography maps, globes and land and water forms

     

    Lower Elementary (6 - 9)

    The elementary cultural curriculum is centered on the Five Great Lessons. These “Great Lessons” are designed to capture the spirit and imagination of the students, impressing upon them the vastness and wonder of our universe.  The Great Lessons also begin our initial studies into sciences; from chemistry and electricity to botany and zoology. The students learn to classify, research, paraphrase, write science reports, and enjoy the discoveries they make as scientists. Experiments help round out the skill sets of students as they 

     

    Upper Elementary (9 - 12)

    Fourth and fifth graders approach Science through an interactive science program that includes hands on labs and learning by discovery. Science class is presented in grade level groups as well and meets 3 days per week.

     

    Middle School

    This course uses Pearson’s Interactive Science Series, an inquiry based curriculum that encourages students to use a variety of hands-on and minds-on inquiry options to engage all learning modalities. Lessons are structured to build on “big idea” connections that are posed as the “Big Q” at the beginning of each chapter. Understanding is reinforced through a series of “Assessing Your Understanding” questions at the end of each section and “Apply It” tasks at the end of each chapter. Lessons also include virtual and hands-on labs, projects, scenario-based investigations, STEM activities online resources, quizzes and assessments. The science curriculum aligns to state and nationally approved educational standards.

    6th Grade: Space/Earth Science 1 St Semester – Earth 2nd Semester – Space

    7 th & 8th Grade: Physical Science/Chemistry (Year A) 1st Semester – Physical 2nd Semester - Chemistry

    7th & 8th Grade: Natural Science (Year B)

    1St Semester – Human Biology

    2nd Semester – Ecology

     

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