Preschool Social Studies/Science

Department:  Lower School

PreK-3​ Social Studies/Science
The primary goal in PreK-3 is developing a sense of wonder about the world in which we live. Life science topics include observing seasonal change weather, plants, animals, and insects. Building with blocks and experimenting with tools and simple machines allow children to discover physical science concepts.  As students investigate properties of plants, earth, and critters in the outdoor classroom, they enjoy hands-on exploration and observation with many opportunities to design their own experiments with water flow, properties of sand, rocks, soil, nuts, and shells, and inclines and ramps. Social studies topics include building friendships, community helpers, and exploring cultures throughout the world. Manipulating real and make-believe tools along with real and imitation processes, and posing questions invite investigations about how things work. Child-initiated investigations are the most important method of exploration throughout the year.

PreK-4 Social Studies/Science
The PreK-4 child's environment is the main focus of study, expanding upon what is already known about themselves, family, school, and the community at large as they learn about community helpers and traditions of children throughout the world. Children's minds are engaged through close observation of things they can see, touch, hear, smell, and taste.  Science includes a study of seasons, plants, insects, spiders, animals, oceans, and space. Children make predictions and hypotheses about what is observed, then generate ideas for problem solving or evaluate results of their study. Children learn to think about their thinking, construct new knowledge, and apply their emerging skills. They participate in discussions and investigations, conduct surveys, and ask questions to gather information. As students investigate properties of plants, earth, and critters in the outdoor classroom, they enjoy hands-on exploration and observation with many opportunities to design their own experiments with water flow, properties of sand, rocks, soil, nuts, and shells, and inclines and ramps.