St. Martin's EpiscopalEarly Science Lab
The Early Childhood Science Lab at St. Martin’s Episcopal School is celebrating their 2nd year as a certified Nature Explore Classroom.
Each season, families and students gather to maintain the outdoor area. Children engage in planting, watering and tending to all aspects of the outdoor classroom
An internal web site has been set up to reach out to approximately 300 families to aid in communication and to share information on learning. A camp is held every July that incorporates outdoor based activities such as a dinosaur dig and planting session.
Science skills are a natural fit with outdoor classrooms. These skills include classifying objects into groups with common characteristics, predicting, experimenting, and drawing conclusions. Hands-on learning also occurs about natural cycles, seasons, environments, and how things live and grow. Children develop a sense of wonder and appreciation for the world around them, especially as they help care for living things.