Science From Ages 2.9-12
Montessori education inspires a deep love for the world of nature through our outdoor education program,gardening,refining motor development and so much more. Our natural sciences program includes climate change, botany, zoology, physical science, geology, marine biology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and Earth sciences. We see this as the foundation of a lifelong interest in the sciences.
We want our students to be fascinated by the universe and to honestly enjoy the process of discovering its secrets and interrelationships. We want them to observe, analyze, measure, classify, experiment,and predict and to do so with a sense of wonder.
Science is an integral element of our curriculum. Among other things, it represents a way of life: a clear thinking approach to gathering information and problem solving.
Scope and Sequence Age 2.9-12
- Differentiation between living and non-living things (Ages 3-4)
- Differentiation between animals and plants (Ages 3-5)
- Observation of animals in nature
- The first puzzles representing the biological parts of flowers,root systems,and trees,along with the anatomical features of common animals. These are first used as puzzles, then as a means to learn the vocabulary, then are related to photos and/or the “real thing”, then traced on paper, and finally with labels as a reading experience.
- Animal behavior: Detailed observations, (Ages 9 and up).
- Anatomy: Systems of the animal and human body. ( Ages 9 and up).
- Health and nutrition. (Ages 9 and up).
- Ecology: advanced study of the interrelationships of life forms. (Ages 9 and up).
- Development of skills using scientific apparatus: microscopes, telescopes, hand lens, collecting field specimens, dissecting, preparing displays.
- Study of the great inventions: Machines and technology and their effect on society throughout history.
- Study of the great scientists.
- Introduction to the physical sciences (Ages 10-12).
- Geology and mineralogy, meteorology, astronomy and cosmology.
- Elementary physics: light, electricity, magnetic fields, gravity, mass.
- Preparing and analyzing all sorts of graphs and data displays; basic statistics.