The learning environments in Explorations are the physical areas children visit, both indoors and outdoors. They are spaces within the school, neighbourhood, and community. In these spaces, children make choices, take risks, interact with others, solve problems, and make discoveries. These safe areas inspire learning, promote independence and self-regulation, and encourage participation and collaboration.
Explorations offers examples of the following learning areas:
|The Outdoors||Blocks and Building||Dramatic Play|
Each learning area is introduced with suggestions for Setting up the Learning Area with accessible and varied materials, and Recording the Learning in a variety of ways.
Inquiry: From Play to Project showcases how children’s play and exploration may initiate a focused area of interest or raise questions—ones that are sustained over time. This illustrated example demonstrates how you can support children in making decisions about ideas they want to explore and materials they may need to collect.
Each learning area in Explorations is centered around a suggested collection of materials. Some areas offer one collection, while others offer two or three.
Each Collection includes the following sections:
Open Exploration presents examples of children at play they have initiated, either alone or with others. These examples illustrate and acknowledge different types of play: object play, pretend play, social play, and physical play.
Extending Open Exploration is the primary section in Explorations that illustrates how questions and discussions based on children’s play at a learning area can point to appropriate intentional activities. These prompts are clustered to show how to connect the play to specific areas of the curriculum.
Sharing the Learning focuses attention on giving children the space and time to present orally and/or through demonstration.
Activity Menu presents a bank of intentional activities to introduce to children after reflecting on your observations.
Throughout the collections, photo vignettes and captions illustrate how children engage with their environment, materials, each other, and ideas. Watch For comments elaborate on how to use your observations to plan future learning.
Explorations values a partnership between home and school. To augment your communication with families, the Home Connection feature suggests ways to support, connect, or continue learning through the home environment.
Explorations offers a website to extend the use of the resource. There you will find a dedicated section for each of the learning areas. Each section includes
There are 5 units included:
Our Changing World
Patterns and Cycles
Sharing Stories and Information
Plants Are Living Things
Explorations 1 offers a website to extend the use of the resource. There you will find a dedicated section for each of the units of inquiry that includes
This logo appears in the pages of Explorations 1 to direct you to the website. You will see it when a specific Line Master is suggested for an activity or experience, when there is an opportunity for online exploration to support or extend an activity, or when an additional technology activity is available to extend the classroom experience. You can get to the website by scanning the QR code on the back cover with your smart phone.