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Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 12/01/2024

Here are some photos from our previous squirrel inquiry! 🐿️✏️

Featured:
A writing invitation
Squirrel Nests in the making
Creating squirrel nests outside in the forest

Our students were so engaged and would come back to school to tell us about all the nests they found near their homes. ✏️🐿️

What are your students interested in right now? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS ❤️

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 11/01/2024

An Invitation to Explore Squirrel Nests 🐿️✏️

Here is a quick invitation to provide students with a hands-on exploration opportunity.

What is included?
- A model squirrel nest with natural loose parts
- Tools to draw, write and create
- Woodland Creature Footprints and Woodland Creatures from (purchased from )

This is an excellent way to encourage wonder, observational skills and for your students to record their thinking.

Let me know in the comments if your class has been studying squirrels! What else would you like to see to help support your inquiry?

(I added a mouse and mouse print to see what other questions might arise!)

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 11/01/2024

An Invitation to Explore Squirrel Nests 🐿️✏️

Here is a quick invitation to provide students with a hands-on exploration opportunity.

What is included?
- A model squirrel nest with natural loose parts
- Tools to draw, write and create
- Woodland Creature Footprints and Woodland Creatures from (purchased from )

This is an excellent way to encourage wonder, observational skills and for your students to record their thinking.

Let me know in the comments if your class has been studying squirrels! What else would you like to see to help support your inquiry?

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 10/01/2024

Are your students into learning about squirrels? 🐿️

Here is a fun way to demonstrate how squirrels sleep over the winter time.

Use these simple materials to create your own model squirrel nest to keep in your classroom! I made this one outside but if it is under zero degrees the balloon will likely pop due to the cold so be careful about that.

What do you need?
🐿️Brown/black paper
🐿️A balloon
🐿️Glue and water or Modge Podge
🐿️Sticks, leave and brush

Cover your balloon with paper, brown paper towel and leaves. Leave it to dry for 24-48 hrs (depending on how many layers you do). Once it is dry, pop the balloon to remove and fill with all sorts of treasures!

How many of you are observing squirrels right now? 👍☺️

09/01/2024

Squirrels in Winter FREEBIE!

I am so excited to share that I have uploaded a great freebie to my TPT store to help support your student's learning all about squirrels this winter.

It has photos, vocabulary words, documentation sheets and a data management recording sheet as well!

Let me know in the comments if you would like the link! 🐿️🔗

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 08/01/2024

Bringing Outdoor Learning, Inside 👀🔎❄️

Often people ask me how our learning outdoors can support different curriculum expectations (like our literacy goals).

Easy! Here is an example of how we have brought learning from outside to the indoors.

One of our friends found a tuft of fur in the snow during an adventure and so we brought it back to class to examine.

Some of the literacy connections that came about:
🔎Oral Language Development - What animal could this have come from? Would that animal make sense due to colour and location? For example, a polar bear might not fit.
🔎Describing the Sensory - How does it feel? What is the texture? Don't forget to wash your hands before and after!
🔎Drawing and writing about our predictions.

You never know what you might find!

Pro-Tip: Printing out photos of your discoveries to tape in journals for writing prompts! ✂️

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 06/01/2024

Water Play in Winter ❄️🧊

Psst...Water play isn't just for warmer months! My beautiful teaching partner set this up to create hanging ice decorations ()
Bring out your (ours is from ) and have your students explore using natural loose parts and different temperatures of water.

Ways to extend:

❄️How long does it take for the water to freeze?

❄️How long does it take for the ice to melt?

❄️What types of loose parts can you find beneath the snow to add?

❄️Discussions about temperature and why we want to keep our waterproof gloves on!

Make sure to follow for other simple learning activities! 🧊❄️

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Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 04/01/2024

Outdoor Tic Tac Toe ❌⭕

I used a sq**rt bottle full of blue water to create a gameboard in the snow. It took a couple of games where I modelled the activity but after a couple of minutes we had some heavy competition going on. We used the letters for their colour instead of their letter formations.

It was such a hit that I went to gather more materials to make a second board!

Some great learning that came out of this:
❌Problem Solving (Strategy)
⭕Fair Play (There is always going to be someone who wins and someone who loses. Dealing with those feelings.)
❌Teamwork (Some friends teamed up to have 2 brains on one side for strategy!)

What other board games could you adapt for outside?👇

(These letters are from Dollarama approximately 2 years ago)

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 04/01/2024

Water Play in Winter ❄️🧊

Psst...Water play isn't just for warmer months!

Bring out your (ours is from ) and have your students explore using natural loose parts and different temperatures of water.

Ways to extend:
❄️How long does it take for the water to freeze?
❄️How long does it take for the ice to melt?
❄️What types of loose parts can you find beneath the snow to add?
❄️Discussions about temperature and why we want to keep our waterproof gloves on!

Make sure to follow for other simple learning activities! 🧊❄️

03/01/2024

With winter upon us kindergarten teachers band together against our common enemy...

WINTER CLOTHING!!

I love commenting on how our students navigate this change in our Term 1 Communication of Learning Reports so have made this easy checklist to do so. It is excellent for demonstrating self-regulation skills.

Check out my TPT store for this freebie to help you stay organized too! ❄️🌨️🧤

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 02/01/2024

2023 you were a blessing! ❤️

I wasn't going to do one of these but I couldn't help myself!

1. Watching our baby grow and carrying a healthy pregnancy ❤️
2. Meeting up with IG friends to see Mr. D!
3. A last hurrah for St. Patrick's Day with Mr. Early Years Inquirer
4. Creating a nursery.
5. Still creating, inviting and teaching in the classroom. 👩‍🏫
6. Developing a place of wonder and respect in the classroom.
7. Going on Maternity Leave and figuring out how to breastfeed. (Surprise surprise it's HARD!)
8. My bestie had a baby too and now they are besties. ()
9. Building my TPT business.
10. Seeing life through the eyes of my precious baby! 🍼

19/12/2023

HO HO HO ⛄🎄

Having a baby means you get to dress them up for all occasions right?!

One of many photoshoots with my little man this season 🎅🤶

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 17/12/2023

Roll and Stuff 🧦

This is such an easy and fun centre to put out around the holidays.

All you need are stockings, ornaments (or snap cubes!) and dice!

Students take turns rolling the dice and filling their stocking. The first one to the top wins! Happy Rolling!

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 13/12/2023

DIY Mud Kitchens in the Forest 🌰🌼🌱

If you caught my webinar last night with you would have heard me talk about encouraging family partnerships by having a MUD KITCHEN DAY!

Mud Kitchens are such a fun way to explore sensory experiences, use natural loose parts and use their imagination to create but gathering materials for an entire class can be time consuming!

Next time you go to Forest School (or even in your Kindergarten Pen) have your students bring the following items from home to DIY their own pop-up mud kitchen:
✨Water bottles, old pop bottles, juice containers etc.

✨Large yogourt cups, containers or any other recyclable material that can act as a bowl.

Each child can have their own water source and container. They can use sticks to stir and away they go!

 💦💧One important lesson is that when the water is gone, it's gone. 

Watch your students play, create and explore for hours! ✨

What are your favourite things to add to your mud kitchens? Let me know in the comments! ❤️



Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 07/12/2023

Psst - EDUCATORS ✏️✍️:

Are you teaching cursive writing or printing this year?

You can do it outside in the snow or sand and your students will LOVE it!

Come check out my FREE webinar with on Tuesday December 12th for more great outdoor education tips!

Will I be seeing you there? Link is in my bio to register!

04/12/2023

FRIENDSHIPS and COMMUNITY ❤️

Creating friendships as an adult is different than when we were kids. 

We look for spaces and places that bring us joy and connect us to those that value the same things as we do.

Meeting friends online had such a scary connotation when growing up (rightfully so) but now as an adult, I am so thankful for the chances I took to meet people I had been chatting with. They are people just like me with the same passion and drive to connect to people just like them.

The Teacher Instagram Community has raised me up and provided me with so many new friends and linked me with other educators in my own school board.

This is my message to you if you are searching for community within this space:

If you are thinking about reaching out to someone you admire, have similar interests with or even just like their content. DO IT! 

You never know where it might lead! ❤️

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🛍️ .lessonsinpositivity

27/11/2023

Grow Your Confidence: Outdoor Learning From the Early Years and Beyond

Join Emily and Hailey on Tuesday December 12th at 8 pm EST, as they share their passion for the outdoors and help you to grow your confidence as an outdoor educator at any stage.

​​​​​​​This session is packed with ideas to tailor your program to support curriculum connections and your student's learning skills. We are sure that you will leave this webinar feeling inspired to take your students outside!

We can't wait to have you with us!

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 10/11/2023

Jabari Tries 💡
A Lesson on Perseverance with Some Bookish Play
(Make sure you check out who is a bookish play Queen and introduced me to the term ❤️)

"Jabari Tries" is about a young boy who wants to create a flying machine to go across his backyard. He runs into some troubles and the reader gets to experience the journey along with him!

We put out an invitation on our tuff tray (from ) with real building materials.

The students used:
📐 a level
📐 bungee cords
📐 blocks
📐 screwdrivers
📐 safety vests
(This time we didn't add any connectors like nails but would if an educator was present the whole time.)

Students love to use real tools and make so many great connections to experiences they have had at home building and creating!

Bust out your tools and watch them problem solve and create together!

Do you use real tools in your classroom? ❤️

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 09/11/2023

Some Remembrance Day Ideas 💡

Here is a collection of things we have done in the past.

1. Our poppies for our wreath were created with red craft loose parts and then cut out to create the wreath.
2. Our co-created bulletin board.
3. A sensory bin with black beans, red beads, poppies made from red scouring pads and mini solo cups.

Every year we also discuss the concept of PEACE and what that looks like. Their angelic answers always astound me!❤️

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 06/11/2023

Kindergarten Family Visits❤️

After the Initial Observation Reports go home in Ontario, we invite families in to observe their child during the day.

This can look different in different school boards but for us we:

❤️SEND a sign up form for families to pick a 20-30 min slot with another family to join us in the morning.
❤️SET the expectation that this is NOT an interview but an opportunity to join and observe their child in the class.
❤️SHOW them some things they might want to keep an eye out for during their time (belonging and contributing and their child's self-regulation).
❤️REFLECT - have an opportunity for them to reflect on some goals they might have for their child.

I created a resource on my TPT page to help support all of this. Let me know in the comments if you want the 🔗!

How do you run your visits? ❤️

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 31/10/2023

Scroll to Reveal 🎃👻

He was going to be a "cat napper" but yahhh....store bought from .mississaugastreetsville was the way to go this year.

My costume is the same costume I've been wearing since May 29th 😂

Happy Halloween! 🎃

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 30/10/2023

DO YOURSELF A FAVOUR....

Make the day after Halloween - PJ day! 🎃👻

Trust me. You won't regret it!

Tired kids can stroll in after a late night with their favourite stuffy and comfy clothes. We watched a learning video at the end of the day and it helped to digest the night before and all those sleepies!

So...who is having PJ Day on November 1st?

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 28/10/2023

📌SAVE this for after Halloween📌

Take your pumpkins outside on the tuff tray!

Exploring Pumpkins Outside 🎃

Last year we put out our tuff tray outside with lots of tools for exploring pumpkins. They had the best time dissecting their pumpkin from Halloween.

We used old pumpkins that had been carved and a couple of leftover from Halloween and smashed them to make them easier to share.

The students loved ripping the sides apart, scooping, counting seeds and taking pieces to other places in the yard.

The next spring, students found seeds scattered in the yard when the snow melted...They were like little treasures!

Make sure you follow for some really cool pumpkin ideas. Kat has had 3 life cycles from one pumpkin!

What else have you done with pumpkins outside? 🎃

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 26/10/2023

This year at home is flying by and I am determined to make the most of it.

One thing I haven't done is take many photos of us together so this morning as we were heading out the door I asked my husband to take a few.

I want to remember his tiny hands and his tiny feet. ❤️

Any guesses on what he will be for Halloween? Something to do with CATs and SLEEP! 💤 Write your guesses in the comments!

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Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 21/10/2023

This pumpkin emotions SEL activity is so fun and a great way to talk about feelings and emotions. 🎃👻

Use one of the plastic pumpkins (found at Dollarama) and a whiteboard marker for your students to draw the emotion and then easily wipe it away to try another!

We did this last year with plastic eggs and the kids were obsessed!

How does Halloween make YOU feel? 🎃

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 19/10/2023

🔵 Colour Play 🔵

We have been exploring different objects of colour now that Julian is a little older and his visual tracking/vision gets stronger.

BUT! You could use this in the classroom too...

📌Art - Give your students a tray of similarly coloured objects and then paint of that colours. Students then have to create different shades of the same colour.

📌Science - Properties of Light - Use a flashlight to see which projects, or blocks the light. How about types of materials? Which ones are transparent, translucent or opaque?

📌Language - Descriptive Writing - Choose an object to write about using JUICY language!

Which one would you try with your students? Tell me in the comments!

(Most of these materials are from a variety of products ❤️)

17/10/2023

3 years ago in the middle of a pandemic I said yes to this incredible man.

My best friend.

Our family has grown and now there's 4 of us. A pack.

Here's to many more my love! ❤️❤️

Photos from Hailey Early Years Inquirer's post 15/10/2023

BOO! Here's a Halloween Freebie for you! 🎃

One of my favourite activities is playing memory in small groups. It is easy to teach and do plus there are so many benefits:

📌Turn Taking
📌Fair Play
📌And of course MEMORY work!

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Let me know in the comments if you'd like the link! 🔗

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