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2014-2015 DC-G KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP
IMPORTANT DATES for both Dallas Center Elementary and South Prairie Elementary
Please note: NO SCHOOL for this year’s preschool, optional kindergarten, and kindergarten students for Thursday and Friday, April 10 and 11.
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We know that the foundation of mathematics is number sense. Therefore, our goal at DC-G is to ensure that your child has a strong conceptual understanding of numbers.
How do we develop number sense?
The foundation of number sense is subitizing. Subitizing means instantly seeing how many. It is from a Latin word meaning suddenly. Subitizing is somewhat of an innate ability that needs to be nurtured and practiced in order to improve. In the classroom, we show students a card with random dots on the card. This card is only held up for about one second and then it is taken down. Students are then asked to tell how many dots they saw and to explain what they saw.
What can I do at home to help?
You can find links to subitizing activities below. You can also find links to subitizing activities below. However, any dice games, dominoes or playing cards can help solidify this ability. You can subitize anywhere
How do we develop understanding?
One way in which we develop true conceptual knowledge of skills and content is by teaching using the CRA model. The CRA model is explained below.
Concrete: students demonstrate understanding through the use of concrete materials or objects (manipulatives).
Representational: students demonstrate understanding by drawing or using pictures.
Abstract: students demonstrate understanding by using the written symbol that represents math constructs (numbers, operation signs, variables).
What can I do at home to help?
One simple thing you can do at home, when your child is working on math, is to ask them one or more of the following questions:
· Can you please explain your thinking to me?
· How did you reach that conclusion?
· Does your answer make sense? Why does it make sense?
· Can you make a model or draw a picture to show your thinking?
Important Dates to Remember:
November 27-29 - No school
December 11 - Early dismissal 1:00
December 23 - January 1 No School Winter Break
January 8 - Early dismissal 1:00
January 20 - No school Staff Development Day
January 29 - Early dismissal 1:00
February 21 - No School Staff Development Day
March 5 - Early dismissal 1:00
March 11 - 2:30 Early dismissal P/T Conferences
March 13 - 2:30 Early dismissal P/T Conferences
March 14 - No school- Compensatory Day
March 17-21 No School - Spring Break
April 2 - Early dismissal - 1:00
April 16 - Early dismissal 1:00
April 28 - No School - Staff Development Day
May 7 - Early dismissal 1:00
May 26 - Memorial Day
May 28 - End 2nd Sem. Tentatively last day of school
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