Literacy Support for your Child

A specifically designed program following your child’s development from preschool/kindergarten years to BIG school   The EDSpecially4U abc 4 me literacy program and resources offer your child an individualised teaching program which follows current research and best practice teaching techniques. Our program is designed and taught by an experienced early childhood, primary school, special education trained…

Phonological Awareness 3: Phonemes

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…

What will my child learn in the EDSpecially4U School Readiness Program?

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…

Phonics 4U – Introduction to Phonics ED Specially 4U

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

10 Ways to Reinforce School Readiness at home

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

I love Technology

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  …

Letter Jump Phonics Game

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…

Literacy Support for your Child

A specifically designed program following your child’s development from preschool/kindergarten years to BIG school   The EDSpecially4U abc 4 me literacy program and resources offer your child an individualised teaching program which follows current research and best practice teaching techniques. Our program is designed and taught by an experienced early childhood, primary school, special education trained…