Junior Kindergarten Students Explore The Natural World One Page at a Time

This year, Dean of Faculty Kim Chaloner has enjoyed sharing her love of science with the junior kindergarten every week during Science Story Time. The selected books explore how scientists work, the unusual senses of other species, and the splendor of nature.
This year, the class has enjoyed a variety of titles, including:
Shark Lady by Jess Keaton
City Hawk by Megan McCarthy
Walter's Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood
If I Had a Raptor by Mo Willems
Steve the Dung Beetle on a Roll by Susan Stoltz
Of her weekly time with the JK, Ms. Chaloner noted, "Connecting our newest students to stories about scientists, animals, and the natural world feels like a vaccine against cynicism. Their inventive questions and infectious curiosity always make my week."
According to the National Science Teachers Association, research demonstrates that “Young children develop science understanding best when given multiple opportunities to engage in science exploration and experiences through inquiry." By sharing picture books and stories, we hope to introduce students to new ideas and perspectives that help them expand their understanding of the world around them and encourage them to ask questions about its many wonders. 
"As we head into the spring," Ms. Chaloner says, "I look forward to sharing my favorite Earth Day books with the class."
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