Inspiring life-long learning in all students.
In conjunction with, and to enhance their exploration of botany, the fifth and sixth graders took a field trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden this past week. The study of botany begins with the power of observation--the basis for all science. We begin any scientific endeavor by observing how something lives, thrives or works, and so the fifth and sixth graders observed plants in all their different shapes, colors and textures.
Botany in the Waldorf curriculum focuses on not just the function of a plant, but also the Goethean method of observation, which teaches about flexibility, about seeing the nature of things and deriving meaning from looking at things from a different perspective. We want the students to ask themselves "What do I see beyond the physical appearance? How does that relate to the cycle of life?"
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