Having some basic skills before starting school will ensure that your child has a confident start to school. Here are some ideas for fun ways to learn at home.
Letters and Sounds
- Magnetic letters: ask your child to find all the same letter, starting with the letters in their name
- Find pictures in a book that all start with the same letter, for example, all the P’s on the page
- Letter/word bingo
- Use a sand tray, playdough, or colourful pipe cleaners to shape the letters
- Experiment by changing the letter font on the computer
- Snap with flash cards
- I spy, for example, something beginning with ‘P’
- Alphabet frieze on the bedroom wall
- Read lots of books
- Computer programmes: You Tube – Jolly Phonics; Alphabet songs; starfall.com.
- Use a sand tray, playdough, or colourful pipe cleaners to shape the numbers
- Number bingo
- Magnetic numbers
- Flash cards
- Numbers on letter boxes
- Phone numbers
- Counting steps
- Number frieze
- Counting games, for example, how many white lollies can you see?
- Number rhymes – there were 10 in the bed, 10 fat sausages, and so on
- DVDs, books, and TV programmes (for example, Number Jacks).
- Developing fine motor skills:
- Holding a pencil
- Using scissors.
- Dressing themselves:
- Putting on a coat
- Shoe laces (if they will wear laced shoes to school)
- Dressing after swimming.