Snip! Snip! Scissor Skills

Written by Donna Botfield on . Posted in Creative Arts, Fine Motor Activities

       

Teaching your child to use scissors is an exciting next step in your child’s development

Children learn to use scissors in small steps. They need to move through small step progression to gain confidence to move to the next skill of cutting. Scissor skills require fine motor strength, finger manipulation and awareness. Initial fine motor skills need to be developed before scissor skills commence.

Learning Days of the Week

Written by Donna Botfield on . Posted in Morning Routines

Within preschool and early learning classes children are first introduced to the Days of the Week. Understanding what day of the week they are currently enjoying, assists children to have a sense of identity. Children and adults are better organised when they are able to know which day of the week it is and if they then know which activities take place on each day.  

Phonological Awareness 3: Phonemes

Written by Donna Botfield on . Posted in Literacy, Phonological Awareness

Phonemic awareness is important because there is a high correlation between a student’s level of phonemic awareness and success in beginning reading. (Ehri & Nunes, 2002)

This is our third blog in the series of blogs about phonological awareness.  The first 2 topics covered rhyme/rhythm and syllabification. Continuing to walk up the rungs of our ‘ladder of success’ this post details segmenting words in onset-rime and single sounds
Read our first article about phonological awareness: rhyme time  HERE
Read our second article about phonological awareness: sounds of syllables  HERE
 

Climbing the phonological ladder of success

Phonological Awareness 2: Sounds of Syllables

Written by Donna Botfield on . Posted in Literacy, Phonological Awareness

The ability to recognize that words are made up of discrete sounds and that these sounds can be changed is essential to success in learning to read (Lundberg, Frost, & Petersen, 1988; Hoffman, Cunningham, Cunningham, & Yopp, 1998)

This article is second in our series of articles on Phonological Awareness.  We discuss the important reading skill of syllabification (breaking words into syllables) and details some strategies we implement to teach this skill and  you may like to try at home Read our first post about phonological awareness: rhyme time – HERE

Climbing the phonological ladder of success

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