At High Meadow School, social studies and science are the core content areas, forming the center from which much of the reading and writing that children do extends, and the intellectual seedbed for cultivating participants in democracy. Building a knowledge base requires the teaching and gathering of facts, understanding of cause and effect, and an interdisciplinary viewpoint that allows us to understand that scientific discovery and historical events are inexorably linked. Thus, science and the social studies are research/inquiry and project-based in their structure. Research becomes an increasingly independent and challenging activity as students come to explore topics requiring more and more prior knowledge, a facility with finding sources of information, and the ability to understand or find the meanings of technical or complex language.
Through the use of discussion, group and individual writing, fiction (novels, folk tales, poetry) and non-fiction literature, maps and globes, internet searches and web quests, objects and artifacts, photos and film, and field trips students will explore the cycles and systems of families, communities, states, and civilizations, both near and far, both historic and current.
The aspirations of our science program at High Meadow are to encourage our students’ curiosity and cultivate the keen observation and critical thinking necessary to building scientific knowledge. Through ample opportunities to inquire, research, experiment, and problem solve, our students will acquire the skills, abilities, and leadership needed to find the answers to pressing scientific questions and environmental challenges.