Children are natural scientists- always curious, often observant. Science, like math, is constantly happening in the world around us. Science is a process that children can easily engage in through active engagement- naturally following the steps of the scientific method without even knowing it! Science is also something that children want their questions answered about- where does the moon go, or why do the leaves on the trees come back in the spring.
Science is introduced to children at Le Chaperon Rouge in concrete lessons- like learning the life cycle of a butterfly or the ingredients needed to grow a plant - in conjunction with lessons of discovery- watching a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, or planting seeds, taking care of them, and watching them become plants. Scientific processes of questioning, prediction, observation, and drawing conclusions are encouraged as hands-on science lessons unfold. Areas are specifically designated in the classrooms with science tools- microscopes, magnifying glasses, bug catchers, tweezers, magnets, measuring cups, science encyclopedias, and many “real” science objects, such as plants, seashells, river rocks, seasonal gourds, leaves in the fall, snow & ice in the winter, etc. Sensory bins of sand, rice, water, and other alternating materials are always available for the children to explore.Click here to view our video on how we teach our students about science and nature.