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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…Details
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
The EDSpecially4U School Readiness program provides: Cognitive Readiness for School The ED Specially 4U school readiness program exposes students to the pre-academic skills which will assist your child to have a confident HEAD START to school. Confidence is developed by way of an introduction to the sounds/letters and numbers concepts which will be taught at school. Our program engages the…Details
ED Specially 4U aims to inspire young children to have a passion to learn from the early years EDSpecially4u enjoys introducing students to a FUN learning environment using motivating programs and hands-on learning resources which encourage passion for learning and success in learning At EDSpecially4U we believe that all students can learn. We enjoy and are proud to present learning programs…Details
We hope that your first ‘Ready 4 School’
School Readiness Class was GREAT FUN!
The first class has introduced your child to the sound /a/
During the next week we want you to reinforce the sound /a/ with your child. Find words in their normal daily routines that start with the sound /a/. If you are looking for more activities to reinforce this sound you can visit our Pinterest page with Letter A – Learn at Home activities
An additional craft activity that we are featuring is ‘Amelia the Ant’ Join us to make this fun activity reinforcing the sound /a/ with your childDetails
Play dough play is perfect for developing fine motor skills for little learners. Fine Motor skills involve using the hands and fingers. Developing strength in fine motor is highly important during the early years of education. Without fine motor strength children are not able to manipulate toys, participate in self help activities such as eating and dressing…Details
Throughout all of our FUN classes we use music to assist the students with their learning.
Music and song is motivating and definitely makes LEARNING FUN.
All children (and adults too) learn better when exposed to music in their learning environment. It was of course, then one of the highly important elements to add to the program when designing the ED Specially 4U school readiness program.
All of our programs use as many hands-on and motivating learning experiences as possible. We believe in making learning fun. We have created a custom designed set of learning resources to motivate, teach for comprehension and to reinforce number/literacy concepts.
The great advantage to visual singing resources is that they offer a motivating opportunity for children to understand the lyrics of the songs, as well as offering a visual cue to sequence the songs in correct order.
Each of the resources use different elements to assist the learner, whether it be images that can be manipulated to reinforce the song, or several pieces in each pack so students can have a hands-on learning experience with them.Details
Now that your children have returned home from this week’s lesson about letter t, it’s a great time to reinforce the sound /t/ they have been learning with their teacher. We recommend completing your normal activities; pointing out the words that start with the sound /t/, practice saying the sound and reading our class reader to reinforce the sound and words that start with the sound.
If you are looking for more activities to reinforce this sound you can visit our Pinterest page with ideas & suggestions for
Letter T – Learn at Home activities
One of the activities that we have tried in our home is to make a turtle friend, I call him
‘Terrence the Turtle’
At ED Specially 4U classes we are often asked for ideas on how parents can assist their children to learn at home. A foundation educational skill for your child is the identification of colour. Colour activities are very important for your pre-schooler. Colour recognition assists children to understand the world around them. Colour identification provides …Details
For a decade the ED Specially 4U literacy programs have taught hundreds of children how to read or started them on their road to literacy. We are immensely proud of the unique program that has been developed based on over 20 years of classroom instruction.
What is phonics? Quite simply, it is the relationship between the letters (graphemes) and sounds (phonemes). Much research has documented the importance of phonics instruction. It is essential to learn the sounds from the very beginning of instruction. In our program we start from the age of 2; introducing the sounds to our students – we start with phonological awareness. Please refer to our other literacy blogs related to this topic. To read more about our phonemic awareness programs read here
EDSpecially4U has developed a program using resources that are bright, colourful and motivating. We have created a bespoke range of resources to reinforce this learning.
Our students love learning their letters with motivating and ‘hands on’ learning resources. Now the resources are available for you to use in preschools, schools, tutor and homeschool programs
We are often asked ‘What can we do at home to develop our child’s School Readiness Skills?’
Home preparation in School Readiness is different to how we teach School Readiness in our classes.
This difference is important.
Children in the preschool age range need to be developing their social and emotional skills at home and preschool settings. They need to learn through play and exploration.
The academic skills we encourage during school readiness classes are provided in enough detail during the class. EDSpecially4U classes offer structured learning activities as an introduction to school, but they are not how your child should spend the majority of their week.
There are some nice ways that you can reinforce the learning from our classes through play and exploration.
ED Specially 4U recommends these activities
Welcome to Term 4!
This is always our busiest term with many new students joining our classes in preparation for classes or starting school next year.
It is such an exciting term, and the lead up to Christmas is so busy that this term always rushes by too quickly.
Our School Readiness program gives our students exposure to the academic skills they will further develop at BIG school. As always we recommend that you spend some time reinforcing the skills that we have taught each week. Please refer to any of our hand outs and information
on the blog,
– ED Specially 4U sites
Don’t forget to discuss any other academic ideas with your teacher or refer to our website www.edspecially4u.com.au to see other games and resources to reinforce your child’s academic learning.
For our students who are heading to BIG school next year, I have compiled a list of other suggestions to develop your child’s social and emotional skills in preparation for the exciting times ahead.
The beauty of Spring is a beautiful season to investigate with your children. New life, insects and flowers are some of the themes to explore at this time of the year.
I love butterflies. The mystery, the beauty and the incredible learning opportunities from the butterfly life cycle – make the butterfly a favourite theme in our classroom.
Try this fun craft activity to reinforce the theme while developing your child’s creative design skills
Now that we are starting to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather days, it is a perfect time to return to the warmth of outside play. There is nothing as nice as enjoying a lovely spring morning in the garden.
This Living Art activity allows your child to enjoy the garden, being outside and craft – all the favourite elements for your little oneDetails
When I speak with parents about our program, I often discuss Phonological Awareness. This is important in our program as it is such an important part of learning to read:
“The best predictor of reading difficulty in kindergarten or first grade is the inability to segment words and syllables into constituent sound units (phonemic awareness) Lyon, (1995) Toward a definition of dyslexia. Annals of Dyslexia, 40, 51-76
This series of blogs will explain these very important and sometimes not understood early reading skills.
If your house is like mine at the moment, you may have a little person who LOVES the rain!! We are fairly unfamiliar with such bouts of rainy weather in Australia. As soon as the rain starts we are running for the umbrella, gumboots and raincoats – jumping in puddles is FUN!! This is a…Details
We have a great time exploring nursery rhymes in our ‘Little ED 4 School’ and ‘Learn 4 School’ programs. Nursery rhymes are such an important learning experience.
A very important part of our learning program is the development of ‘Phonemic Awareness’.
PHONEMIC AWARENESS is essential for reading competence. Phonemic Awareness is the reader’s ability to hear the sounds (phonemes) and manipulate them. The ability to hear and use rhyme is an important ingredient in early reading development.
The ED Specially 4U ‘Little ED 4 School’ and ‘Learn 4 School’ programs have a strong emphasis on developing phonemic awareness skills in our early learners. We love to use Nursery Rhymes to reinforce rhyme.
Our Nursery Rhyme resources are also available for purchase. You can purchase your own copy here.
As both a teacher and a parent, I am regularly asked my feelings on the use of technology by children. Should my children have ipads/learning tablets, access computer games, download apps to play with? My answer is always that I LOVE technology for children BUT it must be aggressively monitored and controlled by parents …Details
Letter Jump is a FUN resource that we use consistently through the ED Specially 4U School Readiness program. The versatility of this game makes it a favourite in our classrooms. Students have many options for how to play the game as well as the amount of letters which are introduced in the game Even beginning…Details
‘Does my child need the EDSpecially4U School Readiness Program?’ Of course I fully believe that our School Readiness program is an essential start to school, and yes I am biased but let me tell you why. Why does my child need the EDSpecially4U School Readiness Program? Watching my children complete preschool and head to ‘BIG’ school was…Details
Mathematics includes many skill areas,these are broken into smaller sections by the curriculum. ACARA (the new Australia wide curriculum) divides maths into the following strands:
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Fractions and Decimals
Patterns and Algebra
These strand areas are covered in the Early Stage 1 curriculum—from the time your child enters BIG school. ED Specially 4U is current with the latest curriculum documents and teaching methodology to produce the best results for your child, and to provide opportunities to become familiar with concepts necessary for BIG school.Details
Does your child have trouble forming the numerals when they are writing?
Are you concerned that your child does not have the confidence to write numerals?
Autumn is such a short season in Sydney. Just when we are noticing the glorious colour changes of the season – it is time for winter.
Try to sneak in some moments with your children to enjoy some Autumn Activities. We have included some hands on learning ideas as well as a FREEBIE for your home use
If your neighbourhood is like mine at the moment, you will have access to many beautiful coloured leaves!
It is such fun to enjoy this time of year as a learning opportunity.
The very best part of these art activities is definitely the time that you take to find the leaves. Take your toddler/preschooler into the garden or for a walk in the neighbourhood and let them choose a bag of autumn leaves. Don’t forget to talk, talk, talk with your child about what they are seeing. Introduce them to vocabulary about the leaves – colour, shape, texture. Talk about what they can see, feel and how they feel if they get the chance to crunch through older fallen leaves. Usually when you ask a child what colour a leaf is – they will respond with ‘green’. Autumn is the perfect opportunity to display how leaves can be all sorts of colours.
Once you have selected the leaves, now you can start creating !!
Sorting Sounds Our students have started this year ‘learning with confidence’. School Readiness Classes allow children to learn in a fun environment. It is such an honour to be able to lead our students as they are first introduced to the sounds of letters. We have so much fun as we teach by using…Details
My child does not like to sit and listen, will that affect their performance at school? How can I get my child to concentrate and focus on an activity for longer? I am regularly asked these questions by parents. Concentration skills are important to learn and achieve. Concentration develops as your child matures, however there…Details
I passionately believe in sharing books with your child
The importance of reading with your child is clearly document. The child who reads for 20 minutes a day is exposed to 1,800,000 words a year. Alternately a child who reads for 5 minutes is exposed to 282,000 words per year and the child who only reads for 1 minute is exposed to 8,000 words per year
Statistics derived from Shaywitz, S. (2003). Overcoming dyslexia. New York: Alfred A.
AIM for 3, is the ED Specially4U daily challenge.
We invite you to AIM for 3 with your child too