Lower School
Spaces and Places: "The Specials"


Instructor: Beth Lemire

Kindergarten science classes continue the study of the outdoor world and the study of insects. Fall is the perfect opportunity to discover monarch caterpillars in our garden.  The children help create indoor habitats for the caterpillars in order to observe the life cycle in full view of their wondering eyes. Watching a butterfly emerge from its chrysalis is a beautiful and memorable moment.  
Kindergarten students help harvest the garden vegetables and are usually the best at finding the potatoes under the ground!  For each season there are things to discover and delight young children in the outdoor world.  Many science classes are “out and about” classes as they learn to appreciate the living systems around them.
In the winter months, children begin to discover force and motion by using various tubes and balls.  They are challenged with questions such as “How can you make the ball go faster down the tube?”  Or  “How can you make the ball travel further?” Working in collaborative groups becomes a natural consequence of these types of  questions as they realize they can connect their tubes. This exploration, along with other studies of snow, ice and the impacts of climate change, comprise the curriculum for the winter months.
Whenever possible classroom teachers and science teachers connect to create extended lessons. In the classrooms children are guided through the process of writing a “How to” paper.  Organizing their thoughts is essential for the task.  Utilizing science topics creates an easy experience based way for children to accomplish this.  For example “How to make maple syrup” or “How to feed our hamster”.
Located in Englewood, New Jersey, Dwight-Englewood is a greater New York City area private school with a rigorous college prep curriculum for boys and girls in preschool through grade 12.