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Top strategies to support your child with his/her WRITING DEVELOPMENT

There is so much I could write here, but I’ll attempt to keep it short and sweet! There are many essential elements to learning to write. It is important to realise that children will naturally develop and progress at varying paces at this young age so try to avoid comparisons!

Mark-making and ascribing meaning to marks

I have often heard parents saying their children ‘just scribble’ when they write. However, this is the mark-making stage and is critical to writing development, so it should be encouraged! During Reception if children are at this stage it is helpful to call their marks ‘writing’ and ask them what their writing is about.   This will boost their confidence and motivate them to write more often and for varying purposes.

Published in Learning at home

Top strategies to support your child with his/her MATHEMATICAL SKILLS.

Maths in the Early Years should never be formal. Developing mathematical language and enjoying numbers, shapes and measuring in a practical context are far more beneficial in terms of cementing seemingly abstract concepts through application to real life scenarios.   Here are just a few ideas of how to support your child’s mathematical development at home, but please contact me for more individual and extensive ideas:

Published in Learning at home
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 00:00

IS YOUR CHILD STARTING SCHOOL THIS YEAR?

One term to go until your child starts Primary School?

This time two years ago, with only a term to go before my son started school, I had so many thoughts, worries and questions running through my head. Despite being a Reception teacher, I had my ‘Mummy hat’ on... Would he make friends? Would he survive the day without falling asleep? Would he listen and follow instructions? Would he feel confident to be himself and get the best out of himself? Would he feel secure to leave me on his first day? How would I feel about dropping him at school for the first time? What if he didn’t eat his lunch? What if he didn't make the toilet? And the list went on and on. I knew, when thinking rationally with my ‘Reception teacher hat’ securely on, that he would be absolutely fine and that the worries were more about me than him.  I wondered how I would cope and how I could help prepare him in the best possible way for the huge milestone event of starting Primary School.

Published in Preparing for school

What can you do to help your child in his first year at school?

Phew! So, your child’s first day at school has come and gone. One milestone event completed! You are both beginning to get into a pattern and a routine during the school week. It is early days but your child appears to be settling into school life well. Fantastic news! You should feel assured.

The next big question you will no doubt be contemplating now is ’How can I support my child throughout his first year in school?’

Published in Learning at home

What can you do to help your child in his first year at school?

Phew! So, your child’s first day at school has come and gone. One milestone event completed! You are both beginning to get into a pattern and a routine during the school week. It is early days but your child appears to be settling into school life well. Fantastic news! You should feel assured.

The next big question you will no doubt be contemplating now is ’How can I support my child throughout his first year in school?’

Published in Learning at home

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