Websites worth a browse whilst you are staying at home with your Preschoolers...
Two fantastic websites that the BBC have set up with ideas, activites and lots of generally interesting reading are worth taking a look through, particularly during lock down but at other times too.
Things to practise before your child starts school
Its time to start practising for school in the coming weeks.
Your child will be moving into a classroom with up to 30 other children and only 2 adults. It is important that he/she can go to the toilet (and clean themselves with loo paper sufficiently), use a tissue to wipe his/her nose and be able to dress/undress with little or no help. As we move into the Autumn term, after a Summer of good weather (hopefully) it is important that your child can put on and do up their own coat and shoes.
It is also helpful if your child can recognise (read) their own name. We will label your child's peg and books using a capital, followed by lower case letters. We do not label in capitals. When we have 30 identical jumpers, hats and sometimes similar shoes and coats, it gives your child a sense of identity within the group, as well as confidence, to be able to find their own clothing and bags. (It also means that more of your child's items will return home at the end of the day! )
These are skills that will really help your child to be a confident member of the class.
**We are not expecting your child to be able to write stories, or do written addition or subtraction when they start school, but it does help if they are able to hold a pen/pencil correctly when they colour or draw pictures and have started to count aloud when they sing or play.
Please see the documents below for ideas and activities to do with your child, to prepare them for school in September.
We hope to carry out home visits with you nearer to the time of your child starting school. The exact dates for these are yet to be decided.
How do I help my child learn to read? A meeting for Parents about phonics and reading in the Reception class will be held early on in the Autumn Term.