Preparing for school

Continue with all of the activities above. By now your child should be able to:

• say many rhymes

• sing a range of songs/chants

• give rhyming words

• copy a simple clapping pattern (or make one up for you to copy)

• talk about what happened in a story and answer questions about it

• use their voices to make sound effects

• tell you what sounds they can hear around them

• use instruments to create a rhythm

• close their eyes and distinguish - by voice alone - who is speaking


Other school preparation:

• read and write their first name

• know some letters and their sounds

• write some letters (lower case only please, except when they write the first letter of their name)

• hold a pencil correctly

• draw a picture and talk about it

• know their colours

• count up and down from one to ten (or higher)

• basic computer skills (how to use a mouse and type their name)


And don’t forget to:

• keep reading to your child everyday, even if they can read already

• encourage your child’s music development, either by singing or playing with instruments at home or by attending lessons

• encourage your child to write: sign their name on a card, help with the shopping list, write a wish list with you, type their name on an email

• encourage your child to read: library books, comics, newspaper kids pages, signs, instructions, packets. it is still very helpful for children to sit and pour over books even if they cannot read the words.

• keep TV/computer work/electronic gaming to a minimum

• ensure some silent times every day in your child’s environment where there is no TV or radio playing

• keep up with rhythm and rhyme activities if your child is not confident with them as they are vital for literacy success.


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