Inquiry Focus in Kindergarten
Children engaged in play begin to wonder and experiment as they interact with materials, the learning environment, and their peers. During play, they test initial ideas, ask more questions, and retest their new thinking. Their theories are validated or challenged all through this process. The educators observe and wonder along with the children, and ask further questions to help the children clarify and test their theories. For example:
Inquiry Focus: Who lives in a community?
Personal Social - Dramatic play areacan be set up as a Grocery Store, Restaurant etc.
Language - Writing grocery lists, orcreate menus for restaurant. Reading and retelling stories about community helpers.
Mathematics - Representing surveydata using graphs (i.e.,Which restaurant is your favourite?)
Using 3 dimensional solids to construct community buildings.
Number search using house addresses, telephone numbers and incorporating those into our three dimensional communities
Science & Technology –Drawing andwriting plans for building specific buildings using blocks. Exploring local maps and creating their own personal maps.
The Arts – Constructing houses usingdifferent open-ended materials (e.g. clay, popsicle sticks etc.).
Health and Physical Education –
Taking community walks.