From their earliest years, children are capable of directing their own learning. They already possess the ability to explore and question, to forge connections, to figure things out independently. Our expert teachers, specifically trained for the developmental needs of the age-group they teach, guide and nurture children’s natural fascination and curiosity. With the skilled direction of teachers, and the chance to act as both learner and instructor in mixed-age classrooms, children pursue each study wholeheartedly — continuously mastering the academic, social, and emotional lessons within each subject.

So while they may be classifying local flora into scientific categories, they’re also learning the magnificent processes of seed gestation, the importance of pollen production in local ecosystems, admiring the beauty of different flowers around campus, harvesting herbs, fruits and veggies from our very own gardens, and learning to respect nature in all its forms. No matter if it’s botany, biology, algebra, or entomology — they’re learning so much more than the parts of a plant. At MSR, they’re internalizing and participating in nature’s magnificent processes.

Select your child’s age from the timeline to learn how MSR engages his developmental level.


A plant is a member of the kingdom Plantae, a living organism that utilizes photosynthesis.
Photosynthesis is a process in which energy from sunlight is converted to chemical energy (food). Plants are at the base of the food web and are autotrophs (organisms that make their own food). Plants vary greatly in size, shape, and the type of environment in which they live.

Terminal Bud
A bud located at the apex (tip) of the stem. Terminal buds have special tissue, called apical meristem, consisting of cells that can divide indefinitely.

The flower, sometimes know as a bloom or blossom, is the reproductive structure of flowering plants or angiosperms.

An outgrowth of a plant that grows from a node in the stem. Most leaves are flat and contain chloroplasts that help leaves on a cellular level carry out their main function of converting energy from sunlight into chemical energy (food) through photosynthesis.

The stem (also called the axis) is the main support of the plant above ground.

Lateral Roots
A root is a plant structure that obtains food and water from the soil, stores energy, and provides support for the plant. Most roots grow underground and extend out from the tap root.

Tap Root
The main root of most plants that extends straight down under the plant from which all other roots grow.

This is just a look at the anatomy of a flowering plant. We encourage you to learn more about plants and gardens by doing some research of your own. Be curious, be adventurous, be a learner! Now that you have discovered a little about the magnificent structure of a plant, let’s see what fun experiments we can do by visiting THE PLANT LAB!