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…

Snip! Snip! Scissor Skills

Cutting with scissors can be a difficult task for young learners Children learn to use scissors in small steps and it is helpful to ensure they are following developmental steps to gain confidence so they can move to the next skill.  Scissor skills require a fine motor strength and manipulation awareness.  Basic finger strengthening activities…

BIG School

This year my youngest child started prep (kindergarten/reception in some states and countries). She started the first year of formal full time schooling. BIG school. 2018 holds great significance for me as it marks 13 years of school aged children attending school. My oldest child is completing her final year of school this year too,…

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…

The EDSpecially4U Philosophy

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…

Play Dough Play

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…

Letter Craft – Letter t, Terrence the Turtle

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’

Colours, Colours, Everywhere

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 …

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

Ready 4 School- Term 4

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,

facebook,
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pinterest
– 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.

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…