Early Childhood Foundations
Visiting the Gregor Mendel in Brno, I was struck by how the power of this botanist’s curiosity and close observations of plants over time resulted in understanding hereditary traits that were misunderstood until that time. Mendel’s observations and theories are the foundation upon which modern genetics is built.
Across ISP learners practice close observation and documentation of our natural environment because these practices build scientific skills and understandings while nurturing a curiosity that drives them to want to learn more, understand more, question, and go deeper with their investigations.
Grade 9 students launched the 20-21 year with their ecology unit by studying our local Mala Sarka ecosystem. Taking advantage of this rich natural environment just outside our campus, learners deepened their understanding of biosystems, honed their close observation skills and became more curious about the flora and fauna of our local context. We wonder who amongst them might be the next Mendel?
Teresa Belisle, Director of Learning R & D