Wonder and curiosity about the natural world lead to observation, classification, and ultimately to science and technology. It is best for the child to be led into the world of science through these same steps.
The traditional elementary science curriculum includes topics which are also naturalist hobbies – bird, tree, and wildflower identification, butterflies, insects, bees, and star-gazing. Students learn much about science (morphology, physiology, classification, habitats, etc.) through the detailed study of stars, bugs, birds, and trees.
The lower school science curriculum also includes the study of the Latin roots of scientific names, as well as a beautiful anthology of English nature poetry. Students in grades K-6 learn to take delight in nature through reading Nature Readers.
In grade 8 students study the basic elements of chemistry, including measurement, conversion problems, the periodic chart, element names and properties, chemical bonding, ions and compounds, and balancing chemical equations. With this background students are prepared for high school biology, anatomy and physiology, chemistry, and physics.
- Grades K-2 Seasons, holidays, planets, calendar, plants, animals, nature walks, nature readers
- Grade 3 Constellations, solar system
- Grade 4 Animal Kingdom – Invertebrates with special emphasis on insects,
- Grade 5 Animal Kingdom – Vertebrates with special emphasis on birds and mammals, Exploring the World of Medicine by J.H. Tiner
- Grade 6 Plant Kingdom with special emphasis on trees and grasses, Exploring Planet Earth by J.H. Tiner; Exploring the World of Biology by J.H. Tiner
- Grade 8 pre-chemistry
- Grade 9 Biology
- Grade 10 Chemistry
- Grade 11 Physics
- Grade 12 AP Biology or AP Physics