Top 10 tips for Year R parents

  1. Read to your child as often as possible – any time, any place, anywhere. Do shared reading of their school books but also do remember to keep a special time when you can cuddle up and share stories that the children really love.
  2. Play games with your child.
  3. Maths should be learnt in a practical manner e.g. counting knives and forks as you lay the table, recognising numbers as you walk down the street.
  4. Encourage your child to become increasingly more independent – i.e. being able to dress/undress and finding things for themselves.
  5. Use a variety of creative tools e.g. scissors, paper, chalk, pens, play dough etc. to help develop fine motor skills.
  6. Allow your child to be as active and physical as possible – e.g. trips to the park or going swimming.
  7. Listen to and spend quality time with your child.
  8. Encourage your child to take an interest in the world around them.
  9. Allow your child to interact with other children – encourage play dates.
  10. School can be tiring! Please listen to your child’s needs and ensure that your child gets enough sleep. 

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Year R Homework expectations

Children who read each day with an adult make significantly better progress in their reading as well as showing much greater confidence. It is our expectation that each child spends some time reading with an adult at home every day – please write in your child’s Learning Journal when you have read. They will bring home a book each day at their level – our books are sorted into coloured bands. Some of the early books have few or no words, letting children develop the skill of using the pictures to tell the story. This skill is very important as they move onto more complex books. Your child’s teacher will decide when they are ready to move onto the next level, as they will need to show good understanding of what they read as well as reading the words with accuracy and fluency.

Other ways in which you can support your child’s reading are by reading lots of books to them; talking about what has happened in books and what might happen later in the story; taking your child to the library to let them choose their own books; encouraging other important people (grandparents, aunties, older siblings, cousins) to read to and with your child; and giving them lots of praise when they are reading.

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