Wednesday 1 August 2018

3 School Prep Activities

It's already August and the new school year is just around the corner! For many of us it will be the first ever year of education for our children as they head into Reception class.

My last post about getting ready for Reception, Preparing Your Child For School, was quite popular so I thought I'd do another! 

These activities are aimed at helping your little one be ready and maybe a little more confident for starting school.

1. Writing and recognising their name

As I mentioned in my last post, teachers, teaching assistants and nursery staff have all told me that it's ideal if a child can write and pick out their name. That way they can name their work, sign themselves in on a registration board and pick out their school jumper from a pile.

Crayons, pencils, pencil case and notepad laid out with mummy, daddy and Joseph written on it in child like writing

If they are struggling with this try writing out their name and ask them to copy it. Try writing out your names, names of cousins or even the name of their favourite TV character to keep them engaged. Dotting out the letters and getting them to join the dots is another way of helping them learn to write.

2. Counting

Being able to count to 10 is something else that can set them in good stead for starting school and may give them a little more confidence when numbers and maths start to be mentioned.

Pile of buttons, surrounded by small Paw Patrol figures

JJ has sometimes struggled with his counting and sometimes gets his numbers in the wrong order. We've practiced his counting by playing hide and seek, as well as counting physical items like buttons or his many Paw Patrol figures!

3. Colours

Knowing your colours isn't essential but again, it might make them a bit more confident when they're asked to pick out colours. JJ made this cool wheel at nursery.

Paper plate marked into six showing with the primary colours and what colours are made from them

Its easy to remake and it features the primary colours but also what they make when they are mixed.

Are you practicing things on the run up to school in September? Let me know in the comments.

I'll be doing another post soon about preparing us parents for school too!

Mummy Snowy Owl

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