Science and Geography
Each teacher will present many science activities to the children throughout the year. Most of the science activities for the younger children revolve around plants and animals. Additionally, two favorite activities involve magnetism and objects that sink or float.
The children study such topics as “Living or Non-Living,” “Plant or Animal,” “Vertebrate or Invertebrate,” “Fish, Amphibian, Reptile, Bird, or Mammal,” “Parts of the Plant” and even “Photosynthesis.” Simple machines are presented, simple experiments are carried out, and human anatomy is a popular study.
The study of Geography begins with a set of land and water forms into which children pour water. The pairs of forms include lake-island, cape-bay, strait-isthmus, for example. Another lesson contains two globes: one with only land and water; the other with each continent colored a different color. The globes are followed up with a flat Map of the Hemispheres on which the color of the continents corresponds to the color of the continents on the globe. The children use this map as a puzzle, removing and replacing the continents. The children learn the names of the continents and the oceans.
Additional geography activities include further puzzle maps of the United States, North America, and South America; children, festivals, and holidays around the world; and animals of the world.