6 Books about Starting School

It’s that time of year, when parents dread covering all the school books (i.e. me!) and go about buying uniforms that are three sizes too big. Some of our little people are super excited about starting school, while others may quietly voice their concerns, or not voice them at all. What we do know, is that books are great ‘mirrors and windows’ – a metaphor initially conceived by Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emerita of Education at Ohio State University, who specialised in African American children’s literature. Books can be windows, offering new experiences and views of the world that are real, imagined or unfamiliar. They can also be mirrors, where the story is reflection of your own life and experiences.

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What do I need to know about 5 year olds?

Between the ages of 4 and 5, your child will conquer one huge milestone: starting school. What speech, language, play and social skills do they need to know? We get asked by many parents whether they need to know their alphabet, or how to read before they get to school. Let’s see what communication and play skills 5 year olds should demonstrate and how you can continue supporting your child’s learning. Keep reading or listen to the blog below:

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Tips for helping your beginning reader

Many four year olds start to show an interest in reading. Once they have figured out that the little squiggles on the page mean something (i.e. having print awareness), their curiosity grows and they may tell you “I want to read”.  Then what? You may want to start whipping out sight word flashcards or sign your children up to reading apps like ‘Reading Eggs’. But here are three things any parent can do that will boost their child’s readiness for reading and set them up for literacy success in years to come. All three tips are based what research tells us are the foundational skills in reading, demonstrated by the Reading Rope (Scarborough, 2001).

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