6th Ancient Natural Philosophy
We begin the month of November by practicing forming our good habits of observation. We will briefly cover an introduction to inductive and deductive reasoning (the basic kinds of reasoning for scientific thought). This month marks the end of our short introduction to the foundations of natural science—and with it, a beginning of an introduction to honing the tools of observation. We will work on our first official lab as well!
7th Life Science
In Seventh Grade Life Science, students took the midterm exam on October 5th. We then turned our attention to the topic of botany. Having both read and completed an essay about Goethe’s “The Metamorphosis of Plants,” we are now engaged in growing our own herbs for our first-in-class lab. The hope is that students will be able to see the entire process of plant growth from beginning to end, keeping in mind Goethe’s arguments about contraction and expansion and the significant role of leaves. Looking ahead, we plan to conduct several more nature journals and discuss the role that plants play in the wider environment (using Craig Holdredge’s “Rooted in the World” as our guiding text). Students will also be asked to memorize the parts of a plant in November.
8th Modern Science
We have already begun our first foray into the specific study of Biology. As we dive deeper than we did in our Sixth Grade introduction, we must keep vigilant not to dissect life into its parts. As Biology is the formal study of life, we ought to remember that we are continually wondering about the very nature of what makes a thing living. We ought to also acknowledge and respect the sanctity of life as given to us.
As we investigate the wonderful world of Biology, we begin first with the anatomy of our senses. We move then to the heart and blood, the material mover of life. Next, we will study the immaterial mover of life, the soul. Next month we will explore a bit of Zoology and Botany as we zoom in further and further into the smaller constituents of life. We must continue to remember that these parts are only understood in the context of the whole living being.