Kindergarteners' View of the Spring Bulb Show

Saturday, March 5, 2011 to Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Plant House

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Artwork by Students at the Smith College Campus School

During the course of a semester long investigation of leaves and bulbs, the Campus School kindergartners also visited the Spring Bulb Show at the Lyman Conservatory. This exhibit showcases a sampling of the kindergartners’ artwork inspired by their close observation of the floral display of the Bulb Show.

Professor Susan Etheredge used the Botanic Garden’s Curricular Enhancement Program to redesign her Education and Child Study class, EDC 231: Foundations and Issues of Early Childhood Education. 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.

child drawing a leaf