Culture allows the child to explore the natural world around them and includes:
- Geography (continents, landforms, earth layers, solar system),
- Zoology (classification, physiology of animals),
- Botany (ecology, classification, physiology of plants),
- History (timelines, using a calendar),
The cultural area is clearly identifiable by globes, puzzle maps, flags and perhaps images or materials from other cultures or from nature.
It is important for young children to learn about history, their environment, nature and science to help them understood their place in the world and spark their curiosity in the world itself. As in all areas of the Montessori classroom, Culture and Science materials and concepts are presented in the most natural, life-like or realistic way possible. For example, we will place real caterpillar and sometimes an egg, with food in a butterfly cage to observe the lifecycle of the butterfly in addition to reading about it and discussing what is happening. We will use puzzles to learn the classification of animals and plants. The children will work on both individual and group projects involving historical and/or scientific facts.
Science and Nature Extensions
This part of the Culture & Science curriculum is where the children can feel like scientists and have plenty of opportunities to try new experiments, explore an assortment of nature items, use a magnifying glass, work with magnets, and experiment with the sink and float activity. Throughout the year we provide our students with new and exciting things to study and enjoy.