The inquiry process: Students use the components of the inquiry process to investigate, and to communicate their findings about, significant events, developments, and issues. By applying the inquiry process, students develop skills that they need in order to think critically, solve problems, make informed judgements, and communicate ideas.
The Ontario Social Studies Grade 1-6, and History and Geography Grade7-8 Curriculum, 2018
Noticing and Wondering about the world around us starts before your child comes to us for Kindergarten and long after they leave the public school system. They ‘why’ years are not reserved for toddlers alone.
Noticing and Wondering are key components when we guide and facilitate students in the Inquiry Process. We support our youngest learners in Kindergarten by encouraging wonders about their daily noticings and we create a platform to build understanding, tying in with literacy and numeracy. We support the inquiry process in social studies and science by bringing curriculum into context using news, current events and issues that are impacting your child where they are in their learning journey and where they currently are in our society.
During this time of supporting your child at home ask what they notice and wonder about while …
- Going for a walk; in the woods or even in your neighbourhood,
- Filling the bathtub with water,
- While watching or listening to the news
- Looking at government decisions during this time; both federal and provincial use the media daily
- Listening to the Prime Minister speak to children on his Sunday address to the country
- Making meals
- Taking care of pets or plants
Examples can be endless
When we encourage our children to notice and wonder, conversations will happen. Here students will gather information, ask questions, analyse, interpret, evaluate and communicate. All the cogs that support the inquiry process. All from asking your child what they notice and wonder.
So enjoy time focusing on the small things we may take for granted daily. Engage in conversations about them. Your child is continually figuring out the world around them, regardless of age. Slowing down, taking care of your well being and asking two simple things, in potentially the simplest of moments, will continue building critical thinkers.