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Science & Engineering – Preprimary (ages 3-6)

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The science curriculum in our Montessori preprimary program builds upon and heightens the children’s innate curiosity about the natural world. Preprimary students explore the worlds of plants and animals, learning to observe, categorize and question, and to care for the living things in their classroom. In authentic work, they learn to care for the environment, separating compost from trash and categorizing and separating items for recycling. In the Montessori curriculum, they study the parts of the solar system or the plants and animals that together make up a particular biome or live in the ocean. Dinosaurs, volcanoes and earthquakes are always of interest, and the physical world is explored as states of matter, light and shadow, sound, magnets, water and more.

The science shelves in the preprimary classroom are filled with materials designed to awaken the child’s interest in the natural world. Whether examining a box of rocks and minerals, experimenting with a magnet, testing objects to see whether they sink or float or sorting objects according to the materials of which they are made, children are sharpening their observational powers and their ability to categorize. They try the activities repeatedly until they reach some understanding of their own. Preprimary students generate questions that become the basis for new works.

Kindergarten students pursue scientific inquiries, making and recording their observations, collecting and displaying simple data and participating in discussions. Using the children’s own questions and interests, teachers creates new activities for the kindergartners to pursue.
The science curriculum in our Montessori preschool program builds upon and heightens the children’s innate curiosity about the natural world.

Preprimary students explore the worlds of plants and animals, learning to observe, categorize and question, and to care for the living things in their classroom.
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