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Focus on Science

Focus on Science: Enriching our children's lives, one experiment at a time ...

Did you know what the States of Matter were at age 6?

Did you know what a solute, solvent, solution and precipitate were at age 10?

Could you explain basic physics at age 7?

Our kids do and our kids can.

We are proud to announce that Karen Rubin will oversee our science program beginning in the fall of 2021. Ms. Rubin has over 30 years of experience teaching elementary school, preschool, and early childhood learning. Her experience includes:

  • Managing a science center in Connecticut
  • Serving as the executive director for a hands-on children's museum in Massachusetts
  • Teaching kindergarten and first grade in Massachusetts
  • Serving as the lead science teacher for grades 5 & 6 in Massachusetts
  • Lead science teacher for grades 6-8 at a private middle school in Los Angeles.

Ms. Rubin is very excited to collaborate with our teaching staff and maintain our school's focus on science and the Next Generation Science Centers. She also looks forward to integrating our outdoor garden, animals, and outdoor science lab. She could not be happier to meet everyone and become a part of the Carpenter family.

Here is an inside view of just some of what your child might be learning in Science Lab::

  • Kindergarten : Trees, Wood and Paper, Animals (including fish, snails, worms, isopods, ladybugs and more)
  • First Grade : State of Matter, Air and Weather, Plants and Insects
  • Second Grade : Pebbles, Sand and Silt, Insects and Plants, Balance and Motion
  • Third Grade : Solar System, Matter and Energy, Living Systems
  • Fourth Grade : Magnetism and Electricity, Rocks and Minerals, Environments
  • Fifth Grade : Body Systems, Weather and Planetary Science, Mixtures and Solutions

Carl Sagan said, "We live in a highly technical society, a society in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology." Mrs. Belateche believes, "By getting kids excited and involved with science early on in their education, I think we can turn that around. Science is a natural fit for children. All children want to find out why. Why is the sky blue? What makes the root grow down and the stem grow up? How does a light bulb create light? These and many more questions are answered in the science lab everyday -- by the children themselves! They learn how to ask the questions and how to find the answers through the scientific method and observations."

At Carpenter, our mission is to educate the whole-child, and through superb enrichment classes such as our Science Lab, we give our children the best education possible.

For more information on our programs, how to get involved or to answer any questions, please email us at