Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12
What Do You Notice?
What Do You Notice?

Have you ever taken a nature walk or hike with a ranger or guide who was able to point out dozens of things you'd never had noticed on your own? Have you ever been impressed by the trained eye of an experienced stargazer who saw constellations where you only saw a polka dotted sky of white sparkles? We all can learn to be observant. Young children have the makings of great observers. In kindergarten we like encourage children's natural curiosity in order to foster better observation skills. I find it so entertaining when I rearrange some part of the classroom, change the pattern on the calendar, switch out the objects in the counting jar, and take a bulletin board down to see how many children notice and can describe what is different.

I think that careful observers become better thinkers. The more children notice in the world around them, the better the questions they ask, and the better the connections they make among things they've observed. Good observation skills often lead to greater success in reading, writing, and problem solving.

Detective Practice:

Play a detective game at home with your child or children to hone everyone's skills of observation and memory. Players scan a room for a short time, trying to notice everything they can. Then they go to another room, where they get three minutes to list (written or verbal) as many things from the first room as they can remember. When time is up, players compare their lists to see whose is the longest or whose list included the greatest number of details or interesting observations. This game can also be played outdoors! All you need is paper, pencil, a timer, a sharp eye, and a good memory!!

-Mrs. Hatfield, Kindergarten Teacher


Kindergarten Burros Churros
Kindergarten Burros Churros

Well, we have been busy at work in the kindergarten Spanish classroom and so much has happened since the last Spanish blog post. While we have recently started working on a story called, El Cactus, we spent the last three works on our mini unit titled, Burros Churros. Burros Churros was a top event of the year for many, it was so fun, and highlighted everyone's growing Spanish skills. The kindergarten students worked hard on their greetings, asking and answering questions, using numbers, and speaking to unfamiliar people to prepare. During Burros Churros each student was required to navigate the theatre and their staff (the wonderful 4th and 5th graders) in order to buy tickets, churros, find their seats and watch a short Spanish film. Overall, the kindergarteners blew me away with their skills and willingness to apply their Spanish is a real world setting!

-Senorita Tehan, LS Spanish Teacher

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