Pre-primary students build a foundation of thinking like a scientist, feeding their curiosity about the natural world with a practice of observation, prediction, and experimentation.  Following students’ natural interests, our course of study can range from ants on the playground to collecting, counting, and categorizing leaves from every kind of tree on Moses Brown’s 33-acre campus.

Whether finding birds’ nests around campus, watching tadpoles grow, or learning how seeds sprout, we constantly practice collecting and interpreting data.  This often takes us out of the classroom–with hands-on exploration of the woods, gardens, and structures of Moses Brown, we dive into questions like:

-What is rain, and why do we need it?

-How do different materials react to rain? What happens next?

-Why do the seasons change? How do plants and animals react?

-What lives in the Arctic?

-How can we tell the difference between various kinds of plants?

In addition, once a week Moses Brown’s lower school science teacher visits class to explore more deeply the topics under consideration.



Elizabeth Grumbach

Lower School Science


Elizabeth Grumbach

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

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