Cascades Academy Independent School PK-12
Spanish Silliness and Singing
Spanish Silliness and Singing

Spanish class has been off to a wonderful start this year in the Kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms. Students are already well-adjusted to routines and greeting songs, and they are working hard to learn to identify the weather and season (and the day of the week in 1st grade). They have been enthusiastically requesting practice games such as "papa caliente" (hot potato), sillas musicales (musical chairs), and the most popular of all: "muneco de nieve" (snowman), a game that reinforces language about weather and seasons that give them an opportunity to play dress-up and to dress up la maestra.

Kindergarten in particular has been delighting in further reinforcing weather vocabulary by singing "La araña pequeñita" (The itsy-bitsy spider). This song has also given us the opportunity to tie into FLIGHT lessons, as we have discussed how the itsy-bitsy spider shows fortitude (we used the word fuerza in Spanish class).

First graders have been letting out their silly with the "baile de los días de la semana" (days of the week dance) and the macarena de los días de la semana. By tying vocabulary to rhythm and movement, kinesthetic learners are able to be fully engaged along with auditory and visual learners, and students are able to hear the words repeated and repeat them themselves enough times that memorization is possible. We will continue to boogie the year away in 1st-grade Spanish, so don't be surprised if your child comes home singing in Spanish while performing some wild dance moves.

-Maestra Hailee



Kindergarten Storyline
Kindergarten Storyline

Has your child mentioned that our Storyline has begun? In the event he or she has not mentioned it, we began our Storyline this past Monday with a tableful of things that come from trees - products like toothpaste, latex gloves, diapers, and paper to name a few. Children were presented with the task of making connections among the items to try and determine what our Storyline will be about. With some prompting, children were able to determine the products and things on the table were connected to trees. And so, The Tree, has begun. Since this is Kinders first Storyline, we talked about the overall structure of Storyline, and created our characters for the next 7 weeks. I think as the storyline progresses children will become more excited and take ownership of the process. Our culmination for this Storyline will take place after the Thanksgiving break on Thursday, November 29th right after Sing along.

Here are some photos from our week.

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