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…

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…

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 …

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  …