Authors

  • Explorations K
  • Explorations 1
  • Explorations 2

Explorations K - About the Authors

Lalie Harcourt

Lalie Harcourt holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum Development. She has taught children from kindergarten to grade eight with a particular emphasis on early primary. Lalie has co-authored over 50 texts for students and teachers. She continues to develop resource materials that nurture thinking and the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of young children.

Ricki Wortzman

Ricki Wortzman, M.Ed., is an educator who has taught Kindergarten through Grade 8. She has co-authored resource materials for teachers and student texts in mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. She has also written trade books for young children. Ricki currently coaches new and veteran teachers and continues to develop resource materials, most recently ones for online learning.

A note from the authors…

Welcome to Explorations: Learning Through Inquiry and Play

In developing Explorations, we set out to create a resource that offers supportive insights and suggestions into how learning based on inquiry and play can develop and be sustained in the kindergarten classroom. This is a challenging task as the kindergarten classroom is a dynamic place filled with the tremendous energy of young children. We chose to use a blend of photo vignettes and text to illustrate how children can and do engage with their environment, materials, each other, and ideas. Photo captions help describe what you see, and Watch For comments elaborate on how to use your observations to plan future learning.

Each Learning Area combines child-initiated play and teacher-guided activity, showcasing how child and teacher continue to connect and reconnect in meaningful and responsive ways. Throughout, we offer questions for your reflection to help guide you as you decide when to respond to a child or when to extend or challenge through a specific question.

We invite you to explore this resource, and we recognize that the way you do this will be unique. Perhaps you will focus on a Learning Area that you have yet to establish in your classroom. Perhaps you will be drawn to an area that you have up and running to check how you might enhance it. You might browse and dip into different sections at different times of the year. This is not a linear read. Your professional interests, the children you teach, your community, and the environment in which you work all determine the best way to approach this resource. We hope this is a welcome addition to your library of resources and programs.

In the years we have worked together, we have met dedicated educators and fascinating children. The privilege is ours. Thank you.

Lalie and Ricki

Explorations 1 - About the Authors

Lalie Harcourt

Lalie Harcourt holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum Development. She has taught children from kindergarten to grade eight with a particular emphasis on early primary. Lalie has co-authored over 50 texts for students and teachers. She continues to develop resource materials that nurture thinking and the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of young children.

Ricki Wortzman

Ricki Wortzman, M.Ed., is an educator who has taught Kindergarten through Grade 8. She has co-authored resource materials for teachers and student texts in mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. She has also written trade books for young children. Ricki currently coaches new and veteran teachers and continues to develop resource materials, most recently ones for online learning.


A Note from the Authors...

Welcome to Explorations 1: Learning Through Inquiry

In developing Explorations 1, we set out to create a resource that offers supportive insights and suggestions about how inquiry-based learning can be started, developed, and sustained in the classroom. This is a challenging task, as inquiry is a dynamic process with the child at the core. We chose to offer examples of ways to engage and invite children into inquiry, and to model their journey and process through a blend of photos and text. Photo captions help describe what you see, and Watch For comments elaborate on how to use your observations to plan future learning.

Each unit combines open inquiry and guided inquiry, showcasing how child and teacher continue to connect and reconnect in meaningful and responsive ways. Throughout, we offer questions for your reflection to help you decide when and how to respond to a child, or when and how to extend or challenge using a specific question.

We invite you to explore this resource, recognizing that the way you will use, adapt, or extend it will be unique. Perhaps you will focus on a cluster of learning opportunities that match the interests of your children and your curricular needs. Or, you might dip into different units or clusters at different times of the year. Quite possibly you will engage your children in a learning opportunity that lives on and grows over time, weaving a path that only you and the children can determine. This is neither a linear read nor a program. Your professional interests, the children you teach, your community, and the environment in which you work will all influence how you approach this resource. We hope that it is a welcome addition to your teaching library.

In the years we have worked together, we have met dedicated educators and fascinating children. The privilege is ours. Thank you.

Lalie and Ricki


Reviewers/Content Specialists

A special thank-you to the following educators for their reviews, as well as for their contributions to content in specific areas:

  • Tanya Balsmeier (technology)
  • Carly Bardikoff (classroom observation)
  • Wilfred Burton, Marilyn Bryant, Terry Lakey, Debbie Leighton-Stephens, Lisa Scherr (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit)
  • Don Jones (inquiry)

Reviewers

  • Virginia C. Allen
  • Stella C. Bates
  • Kirsten Brolin
  • Corine Gannon
  • Janice Keats
  • Janice Keys
  • Lynn M. Landry
  • Colleen MacDonald
  • Angela Meredith
  • Erin Robichaud
  • Caroline Thomas
  • Gina N. Wong
  • Priscilla Yap

The photographs that appear in Explorations 1were all taken in and around Canadian schools. Pearson Canada would like to thank the schools that hosted our photo shoots and the teachers and children who participated in them.

  • Alexander Muir/Gladstone Ave. Public School
  • Bloorview School Authority
  • Cedar Drive Public School
  • Clinton Street Public School
  • Fairglen Public School
  • Heather Heights Public School
  • North Bridlewood Junior Public School
  • St. Margaret’s Public School

Explorations 2 - About the Authors

Lalie Harcourt

Lalie Harcourt holds a Masters of Education in Curriculum Development. She has taught children from kindergarten to grade eight with a particular emphasis on early primary. Lalie has co-authored over 50 texts for students and teachers. She continues to develop resource materials that nurture thinking and the natural curiosity and enthusiasm of young children.

Ricki Wortzman

Ricki Wortzman, M.Ed., is an educator who has taught Kindergarten through Grade 8. She has co-authored resource materials for teachers and student texts in mathematics, science, social studies, and language arts. She has also written trade books for young children. Ricki currently coaches new and veteran teachers and continues to develop resource materials, most recently ones for online learning.


A Note from the Authors...

Welcome to Explorations 2: Learning Through Inquiry

In developing Explorations 2, we set out to create a resource that offers supportive insights and suggestions about how inquiry-based learning can be started, developed, and sustained in the classroom. This is a challenging task, as inquiry is a dynamic process with the child at the core. We chose to offer examples of ways to engage and invite children into inquiry, and to model their journey and process through a blend of photos and text. Photo captions help describe what you see, and Watch For comments elaborate on how to use your observations to plan future learning.

Each unit combines open inquiry and guided inquiry, showcasing how child and teacher continue to connect and reconnect in meaningful and responsive ways. Throughout, we offer questions for your reflection to help you decide when and how to respond to a child, or when and how to extend or challenge using a specific question.

We invite you to explore this resource, recognizing that the way you will use, adapt, or extend it will be unique. Perhaps you will focus on a cluster of learning opportunities that match the interests of your children and your curricular needs. Or, you might dip into different units or clusters at different times of the year. Quite possibly you will engage your children in a learning opportunity that lives on and grows over time, weaving a path that only you and the children can determine. This is neither a linear read nor a program. Your professional interests, the children you teach, your community, and the environment in which you work will all influence how you approach this resource. We hope that it is a welcome addition to your teaching library.

In the years we have worked together, we have met dedicated educators and fascinating children. The privilege is ours. Thank you.

Lalie and Ricki


Reviewers/Content Specialists

A special thank-you to the following educators for their reviews, as well as for their contributions to content in specific areas:

  • Tanya Balsmeier (technology)
  • Carly Bardikoff (classroom observation)
  • Wilfred Burton, Marilyn Bryant, Terry Lakey, Debbie Leighton-Stephens, Lisa Scherr (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit)
  • Don Jones (inquiry)

Reviewers

  • Virginia C. Allen
  • Stella C. Bates
  • Kirsten Brolin
  • Corine Gannon
  • Janice Keats
  • Janice Keys
  • Lynn M. Landry
  • Colleen MacDonald
  • Angela Meredith
  • Erin Robichaud
  • Caroline Thomas
  • Gina N. Wong
  • Priscilla Yap

The photographs that appear in Explorations 1were all taken in and around Canadian schools. Pearson Canada would like to thank the schools that hosted our photo shoots and the teachers and children who participated in them.

  • Alexander Muir/Gladstone Ave. Public School
  • Bloorview School Authority
  • Cedar Drive Public School
  • Clinton Street Public School
  • Fairglen Public School
  • Heather Heights Public School
  • North Bridlewood Junior Public School
  • St. Margaret’s Public School