SoWashCo Young Scholars
Nurturing Potential, Sustaining Support
It's been so much fun going into classrooms this fall for all the different Young Scholar lessons. A great next step for students now is to start expanding and building on their thinking skills both at school and at home.
In our September newsletter we learned about Divergent thinking, and November's newsletter shared about Convergent Thinking. This month we'll be taking a look at a third type of skill we practice in Young Scholars called Visual Thinking.
Visual Thinking is a unique and interesting way our brains use to understand the world around us. You can find more information below along with different ways to practice Visual Thinking with your Young Scholar at home!
This Month in Young Scholars
- What is Visual Thinking?
- Fun Ways to Practice Visual Thinking at Home
What is Visual Thinking?
Visual Thinking is all about looking for patterns using shapes, numbers, letters, and even ideas as clues to help us see things in new ways. In fact, the analogies we tried out in last month's newsletter are a great example of finding patterns and using our brains to solve a problem visually.
There are almost unlimited examples of patterns around us every day. The good news is our brains love patterns and are already really good at finding them in the world around us.
However, if we can learn to pay closer attention and notice when patterns come our way, we can strengthen the connections in our brains and improve how they work.
Take a look below for some fun ways to practice Visual Thinking at home!
Fun Ways to Practice Visual Thinking at Home
Visual Thinking Activities
Each of the activities can be a fun way to start some interesting conversations about patterns. Consider trying out some of the questions below with your Young Scholar to help them think deeper about what they're seeing:
1. What patterns are you noticing?
2. What do you see that makes you say that?
3. What more can you find?
Finding Patterns with Colors
Finding Unexpected Patterns
Finding Patterns in Games
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My name is Colleen Redmond, and I am honored to work as Coordinator for SoWashCo Young Scholars.
I'm a mom, a wife, small business owner, avid biker (the pedal kind), book enthusiast, and beekeeper.
I've been lucky enough to teach in South Washington County Schools for over twenty-five years and have had the incredible opportunity to be a part of the lives of so many students and families over the years.
Now, as part of Young Scholars, I have the honor of working with the amazing staff, students, and families throughout SoWashCo to implement and grow the Young Scholars program.
I am so very excited to work with and support you and your Young Scholar. I can't wait to see where the journey takes us!