We present our science instruction with a combination of hands-on experiments and discovery and follow up with independent and group oral and written activities. In addition, our students attend two 2-week sessions in our science lab with our science specialist. In these courses the students focus on experiential in-depth explorations of specific science topics.
Children learn about the world around them as they make real-life connections through field trips, books, experiments, discussions and other meaningful activities. Science units are thematically based allowing students to make connections across the curriculum. Concepts are built on knowledge students have already acquired. Students are engaged by exploring, explaining, and applying what they have learned to what they already know about their world.
Kindergarten science is integrated throughout the curriculum. Some major areas of study include the ocean, bugs and insects, the farm, weather and seasons (including harvest, winter, apples, etc.). Other areas that are introduced include the five senses, life cycles, non-living vs. living things, dinosaurs, and colors. Inquiry-based and hands-on methodologies are employed. Students are taught to question and explore to find the answers to their questions about the world around them.