Science begins with wonder and curiosity about the natural world. It leads to the skills of observation, to 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, insects, birds, and trees.
The Primary and Grammar School science curriculum includes the study of (Latin-based) scientific terminology, as well as an exposure to the beautiful tradition of English nature poetry. It is important that students in K-6 learn to take delight in the beauty and wonder of nature before they begin the study of modern science, which tends to emphasize the exploitation of nature for human needs.
More advanced scientific topics are emphasized in 8th grade to prepare students for biology, chemistry, and physics in the Upper School.
- K-2: Calendar, seasons, holidays, planets, plants, animals, nature walks, Memoria Press’ Read-Aloud program for history, holidays, geography, and science
- Grade 3: Astronomy
- Grade 4: Insects
- Grade 5: Birds and Exploring the History of Medicine
- Grade 6: Trees and Exploring the World of Biology
- Grade 8: Physical Science (Novare)
- Grade 9: Biology I (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston)
- Grade 10: Advanced Chemistry (Novare)
- Grade 11: Physics I (Glencoe) or AP Chemistry
- Grade 12: AP Physics or Anatomy & Physiology