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:

-How do cars move differently when you change their ramp?
-What happens when you put different objects in fresh or salt water?
-What can we learn by looking at the number of legs on different animals?

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 University’s Teacher’s College – M.Ed.

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