Science and exploration
Young children are natural scientists. They explore and experiment all day long. They use all of the senses, looking, smelling, tasting, listening, and touching. The MCSN science specialist, Terence Milligan, helps create a framework for science study on an appropriate developmental level for the children, helping children make connections as their explorations are guided and challenged. Tanks with fish, snails, and other aquatic animals provide never-ending fascination. Worms and insects give children insight into the lifespans of such species. Exploring trees and how they change throughout the year are part of the program. Rocks, water, fossils, ramps all claim the spotlight of science study at the school. Cooking and the study of foods, what kinds there are, where they come from, and how they are processed and changed for consumption form a very significant part of the curriculum.
The youngest children are provided with many opportunities to observe properties and explore various materials and are asked questions to help them begin to understand what is happening. As children get older, more scientific terminology is introduced, challenges to make connections are made, and more complex questions are explored. The scientific method is used to structure the various explorations in an organized manner, typically beginning an exploration with a question and the development of a hypothesis and then moving on to the actual exploration, and finally coming up with a conclusion.
Science is something that permeates children's experiences and life at MCNS.
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