"It is not experience which we experience, but nature." J. Dewey, 1916
The Tisdale Schoolyard Habitat has, as its primary goal, the educational renewal in connecting primary school age children with their natural environment. It is our philosophy that every child is born a scientist; having a natural, non-stop curiosity that prompts them to observe, explore, compare, and integrate their internal perceptions with the sensory input of the world around them.
It is our intent to foster that natural curiosity by guiding all PreK-3 students through a broad range of inquiry-based activities that will lay a strong experimental, conceptual, and attitudinal foundation for their future learning.
In order to impact our students’ discovery of the interrelationships of the natural world, environmental science concepts and activities have been developed that meet the National Science Standards as applied through a specific grade level focus.
1st Grade- Weather
2nd Grade- Animals and Plants
3rd Grade- Wetlands
With the goal of stimulating each student’s imagination and sense of wonder, the Tisdale Schoolyard Habitat intends to "make nature study a study of nature" (Dewey, 1916) through a student-teacher partnership and action-based inquiry.