We teach children by first-hand observations and interaction with the physical and natural world. We work from their natural curiosity and interest in animals, plants, and how the world around them works.
Since they are natural scientists, their questions are many; we strive to provide them with the tools to become scientific investigators and problem solvers.
This is done through consistent encouragement and providing students with a wide range of experiences to stimulate their curiosity. We want students to maintain their sense of wonder about their world, even as they begin more formal scientific study.
Animal Families: classification and identification of traits
Reptiles: an in-depth study including hands on experience with live reptiles
Crystals: students grow crystals and learn about their unique structure
Assorted Physical Science Lessons
Invertebrates: life cycles, studies of live worms, crickets and butterflies
Weather: young meteorologists learn to use tools to predict weather
Magnets: forces and magnetic fields
Mammals: identifying traits and the great diversity of mammals
Botany: plant life cycles and gardening in the greenhouse and outdoors
The Pennsylvania Deciduous Forest, an ecological view
Fossils; an introduction to prehistoric life and how it is studied
Amphibians: frogs, toads, salamanders and their near relatives
Environmental science: What is a Carbon Footprint?
Electricity: building circuits and using alternative energy sources
Ornithology: Life cycles, feathers, eggs, nests, birds of prey and dissection of owl pellets
Simple machines: Building with LEGO: structures, forces and levers
Living in Water
The Chemistry of Water
The Water Cycle
The Distribution of Water on Earth
Watersheds and Estuaries
Pacific Salmon and their Migration
Water Quality Testing and Monitoring
Identifying Aquatic Organisms and using them as Environmental Indicators
Simple Machines Building with LEGO: Wheels and Axles
Center of Gravity: a study of balance and the factors that determine the stability or instability of objects
Landforms: Students study how land gets shaped by wind and water erosion using the formation of the Grand Canyon in the Colorado Plateau as the central focus
Air and Air Pressure: a study of the gases in our atmosphere and how living at the bottom of an “ocean of air” affects everyday experiences
Simple Machines Building with LEGO: Gears