Reading & Math Specialists

Reading News from Ms. Sullivan for January, 2020

Students have worked hard to become experts on two of the five vowels, ‘a’ and ‘i’. Vowels are sounds that are open when spoken and, in many three letter words, are the middle sound. We refer to these three letter words as CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words. Now that we know these vowels and different consonants, your child can read many words, such as cat, map, sip, and pit. In combination with the high frequency words students have learned, your child can even read some simple sentences! High frequency words are words that usually can’t be sounded out and occur frequently in the English language. There are many fun games you can play with your child to practice their reading. Some ideas are playing memory, bingo, or creating your own game board with words or simple sentences. Please see below for a list of words and example sentences!

CVC Words

cat      cap    pit

sat       sap     sit                   

mat    map   sip

pat     tap     tip

Simple Sentences 

The cat is little.

I have a map.

I like to nap.

Kirstin Sullivan, Reading Specialist


Ms. Aborn's Math News for January, 2020

What is subitizing and why is it important to your child’s math learning? Subitizing is the ability to know how many there are of something, without counting. For example, if you hold up 4 fingers, does your child know it is four without having to count each finger? When playing a game with dice, and a five is rolled, does your child know that it is five without having to count each dot? If so, your child is subitizing.

Subitizing is key to building number sense, as it introduces other early numeracy concepts such as cardinality, more or less, and parts and wholes. It also helps children understand the concepts underlying addition and subtraction, and eventually multiplication and division, because it helps children to see sets of items.

We will be working on this throughout the school year, but here are two ways you can help to develop your child’s ability to subitize:

  • Play games that involve dice - Even adults cannot subitize sets of items larger than five unless they are arranged in a familiar pattern like dice. The more your child plays with dice and works on knowing without counting, the better they will become at subitizing.
  • Fast finger flash - Hold up a number of fingers and then hide it behind your back. Ask children if they can tell how many fingers you were holding up. After they get good at doing it with only fingers on one hand, move to showing fingers using both hands.

Megan Aborn, Mathematics Specialist