In Nursery science, we use hands-on experiences to give our youngest learners the chance to experience wonders of the natural and physical world. Children at this age are full of joyous curiosity about everything from dinosaurs to raindrops. We take advantage of this sponge-like thirst for learning by exploring developmentally appropriate topics such as hands & feet, bridges and motion, and insects. They have opportunities to practice important skills such as observing, sorting, predicting, and recognizing cause and effect.

One week we might look at animal models and match feet shapes to the footprints made by each animal. Another week the students might be asked, “What do ants like to eat?” They choose different foods and set up a playground experiment to find answers.

We lay the foundation for their future as scientists who are curious about what they see, who ask questions and seek to find answers based on what they notice about the world around them.



Elizabeth Grumbach

Lower School Science


Elizabeth Grumbach

Bowdoin College – B.A.
Columbia University’s Teacher’s College – M.Ed.

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