The Curiologist program is designed for early learners of science. It focuses on serious learning for the seriously curious, which, in our view, is all kids when given the outlet to enjoy their natural sense of exploration. The program is adapted for grades pre-school through grade 2. It can be offered as an in-school enrichment program or an after-school elective. The typical engagement is a weekly class of one hour in length. The class is best held where outdoor access can be made available. A room with sink and rugged flooring is preferred (i.e., not carpeted). We provide all materials for this program.
The Curiologist theme is available in 6 or 8 week sessions (or longer by combing themes from the list below):
Forces of Nature
core principles of physics
In Forces of Nature, students explore the the "science of how things work" in the world around them. Things roll, float, fly and drop....WHY? HOW? Topics of energy, gravity, motion are explored through experiments involving familiar objects, DIY projects and experiments. Students keep a small lab notebook to share with their families at the end of this program. Common vocabulary is taught in a pre-literacy or early reading format, depending on the age group. Forces of Nature takes place mostly indoors so is an ideal winter program or a program suitable for places that do not have access to outdoor areas.
Actions and Reactions
Put two things together and create a third -- that's the essence of Actions and Reactions. And what kid doesn't love to mix it up a bit? In this class, many different substances are used to make reactions in the three-dimensional way kids need to see them happen. Bubbles are born. Colors change. Matter shrinks or grows. It's the natural kind of activity your kid already loves except that we are adding some meaning to these "fun" activities by encouraging kids to make observations and predictions -- the basis for a scientific way of thinking.
ecology and environmental awareness
Learning about the environment is an essential part of so many programs today. In Curiologists, we use whatever backdrop we have to create an appreciation for what's living around us and the eco-system to which we belong. Kids are naturalists from the start always eager to explore the living world around them. We capitalize on this instinct by using the tools and inquiry-based way of thinking of an environmentalist. We look into water, soil and air to learn how all of these combine to make a living world that both supports and challenges us to think in bigger terms.
Our Hudson River Home
a study of the Hudson River estuary
This program generally takes place in our Dobbs Ferry location, where we are fortunate enough to have the beautiful backdrop of the Hudson River (one Curiologist referred to it as the "Curious-on-Hudson River," to which we can only sigh -- so proud to have given this child a love for this magnificent river). We wade into and seine in the river to learn what's living there. We explore the water fowl that live around it. We look at plants to figure out which ones are native and which invasive -- and learn how the estuary as a whole is a living eco-system that pre-dates us by millions of years.
The Curiologists program is focused on science for early learners. In this enrichment program, pre-school aged students focus on investigating their world through scientific inquiry. Each unit focuses on a different field of science and all lessons incorporate a project that relates to the theme. For fall 2016, the Curiologists will explore biology, the science of living things. Through research and experiments with living matter and models, students come to understand what defines life on this planet and how living systems are connected. Learn about the diversity of the animal and plants world and get hands-on with some experiments that demonstrate the unique function of living organisms. Lessons are conducted using traditional methods so that students learn how to observe, record and report their work. Early literacy skill-building is included. Students do not need to read or write in order to take this class.
Head to Toe!
The Curiologists program is focused on science for early learners. In this enrichment program, pre-school aged students focus on investigating their world through scientific inquiry. Each unit focuses on a different field of science and all lessons incorporate a project that relates to the theme. For winter 2016, the Curiologists will explore human physiology, the science of our human selves by exploring the muscular, skeletal, nervous, digestive, respiratory, and immune systems that makes their bodies work. Kids will discover how their voice box works, how many bones they have, how thousands of "tasters" on their tongues help them distinguish flavors, how the DNA in their cells is different from everyone else's, and more. Lessons are conducted using traditional methods so that students learn how to observe, record and report their work. Early literacy skill-building is included. Students do not need to read or write in order to take this class.
All of these themes are explored in hands-on, minds-engaged learning where topics are explored by first learning about the subject matter through group discussion and multi-media presentation. Students keep visual learning notebooks to record their predictions and observations. They are encouraged to build simple vocabulary for the subject enforcing literacy skills.
The Curiologist program is designed to encourage a real love and appreciation for science and how scientists help us to solve problems and enhance life. We do not wear goofy glasses and dress up like clowns. In most cases, our instructors are scientists themselves, who share their love of science with young people with enthusiasm and a sincere desire to nurture a child’s curiosity.