The Botanic Garden's Curricular Enhancement Program in cooperation with
Professor Susan Etheredge's Education and Child Study class,
Foundations and Issues of Early Childhood Education (EDC 231), Present:

An Exhibition of Kindergarten Artwork

In this exhibit is a sample of the kindergartners' work inspired by their close observation of the Spring Bulb Show.
CLICK HERE to view a slideshow of the artwork.
In the course that led to the exhibit, Smith students explored how young children think and learn. They also examined the teaching/learning relationship in the early childhood classroom. Using the Lyman Conservatory as a laboratory for a semester-long investigation of leaves and bulbs, students pursued an understanding of inquiry-based teaching and learning contexts for young children. They engaged with the Campus School kindergartners in this inquiry-based leaf study.
Together they looked closely at leaves with hand lenses and microscopes, described them using scientific language, sketched them, traced them, painted them, made rubbings of them, photographed them, and generated metaphoric language to describe what they saw. They also read poetry and books about leaves and kept journals and field notebooks.
CLICK HERE to see a slideshow of the students' semester-long investigation of leaves and bulbs.
LINK to The Gate article.
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