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We believe science at the elementary age should be centered around their world - on things they can physically see, feel, and experience.

Our focus is on helping children become immersed in their natural environment.

We believe a love of science and nature inherently go hand-in-hand.

Children are natural scientists. They can understand, absorb, and appreciate scientific concepts that are presented in a way that sparks and fuels their innate curiosity.

We believe living stories offer a natural learning path to introducing new ideas and concepts to children.

All new concepts in Science Through Nature are introduced as living stories, with the intention of engaging and holding the child’s learning experience.

We believe learning should be more than just worksheets and traditional textbooks - it should be a lifestyle.

A parent and child exploring science and nature together with hands-on, interactive, and meaningful activities, will be much more formative for developing a lifelong love of both.

We believe it is the responsibility of the parent to provide the experiences and habits that form a child’s love of nature.

As Rachel Carson said, “If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil.”

We believe it is important for children to physically experience their world like Marie Montessori advised, connect with the natural world and internalize big ideas like Charlotte Mason emphasized, and learn important scientific concepts like Classical methods aim to do.

 

We believe children should fall in love with nature before they are charged with saving it.

The early programs of Science Through Nature do not place focus on environmentalism. First and foremost, children must desire to save something before they take the necessary steps to do so. That desire comes from experiencing the wonder of the natural world - from realizing that it is worth cherishing and protecting. Let them first love nature and, as they grow and develop the ability to understand the myriad of issues facing the environment, they will inherently strive to protect it.