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IMPORTANT DATES for both Dallas Center Elementary and South Prairie Elementary

  • Tuesday, February 4, 6:30 PM-KINDERGARTEN PARENT NIGHT– for all upcoming 2014-2015 Optional and Kindergarten Parents only- DC and SP
  • Snow Date:  Tuesday, Feb 11, 6:30 PM at DC Elementary & SP Elementary
  • Thursday, April 10, AM or PM—KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP- students come for half a day.- DC and SP
  • Tuesday, April 15th 6:30 PM- Optional Kindergarten Information Meeting at South Prairie.

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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The Curriculum Corner For February



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

If you have any questions regarding K-5 curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact Heather Nerem at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Subitizing Cards

Subitizing Cards (Easiest Level)

Subitizing Cards (More Difficult)

Subitizing Cards (Moderate)

Subitizing Cards (Highest Level of Complexity)



Curriculum Corner

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.

CRA model

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?

If you have any questions regarding K-5 curriculum, please do not hesitate to contact me at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Important Dates to Remember:

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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