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High Frequency Words

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
High frequency words, also known as sight or key words are simply common words found in text.
Interestingly, just 16 words (a, and, he, I, in, is, it, my, of, that, the, then, to, was, went, with)…
27th Nov 2018 09:43 AM

Starting Big School – Top Tips For Learning Letter Sounds

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
Chosen letters on a keyring
In order to read successfully children have to be able to blend sounds together in words. They therefore need to be able to hear and say the precise pronunciation for each…
10th Oct 2018 09:56 AM

Preparing Children For Starting Big School: The First Day

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
Starting school is an exciting time. In the run up to the big first day, here are some recommendations for parents to help your child settle and make it less stressful.
Walk or drive past school and…
26th Aug 2018 10:40 AM

Preparing Children For Starting Big School: Uniform Decisions

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
The summer holidays are fast approaching and for many families will have started already, so school uniform for September may already be on your mind, particularly if you are off on holiday.
Buying…
14th Jul 2018 08:38 PM

Preparing Children For Starting Big School – Transition And Multiple Siblings

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
Starting school is a huge milestone, an exciting new adventure and comes with plenty of decision making for us all.
For parents of twins, triplets, quads (for the purpose of this article ‘multiple…
22nd May 2018 02:18 PM

Step Towards Reading And Writing: CVC Words

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
Sticker Chart
Do you know what teachers mean when they say children can blend and segment CVC words?
CVC words are simple words made up of a consonant, vowel, consonant eg: c-a-t, d-o-g.
Children need…
6th Nov 2018 01:19 PM

Nursery Rhymes Have Enormous Educational Value

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
As a parent of a toddler or pre-schooler you will have a collection of familiar ditties. Nursery rhymes are incredibly powerful influencers in early childhood development and education. They are…
25th Sep 2018 12:28 PM

Preparing Children For Starting Big School – Everyday Activities Provide Learning Opportunities

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
There are so many times when we are educating our children without even realising it and with a little bit of extra thought we can turn the most mundane everyday activities into opportunities for…
13th Aug 2018 12:38 PM

Preparing Children For Starting Big School

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
Parents and carers can find the months before their child starts school daunting particularly if this is their first child.
They are overloaded with information and this can be compounded by their…
1st Jul 2018 10:39 AM

Preparing Children For Starting Big School - Be Prepared To Get The Most Out Of Your Child’s School Transition Arrangements

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
Starting school is an important milestone in any child and family’s life. With this in mind most schools offer some form of information or orientation sessions and preschool workshops. Being…
8th May 2018 06:30 AM

Fun And Games Learning Letter Sounds And Beyond

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
Keyring of letters
Are you having fun and games helping your child to learn their letter sounds?
We hope so!
If we want children to be engaged and motivated to learn then it is essential we make it…
22nd Oct 2018 04:18 PM

Preparing Children For Starting Big School – Top Tips For The First Half Term

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
Yippee! All being well your little ones will have started school by now and you will be establishing good routines that will help them settle and ease the pressure you may have been feeling.
So here…
10th Sep 2018 04:46 PM

Preparing Children For Starting Big School - Home School Links Over The Summer

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
Once school is closed for the summer holidays it doesn't mean that you can't maintain the link. Keep starting school fresh in your child's mind through:
Discussion about the BIG adventure to come
Read…
1st Aug 2018 03:08 PM

Preparing Children For Starting Big School - Pre-Reading Skills

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
Reading and sharing books is not just a bedtime activity!
Share books with children from a very young age as even babies enjoy the interaction and closeness of sharing a picture book.
By doing this,…
4th Jun 2018 12:00 PM

Get Children Off To A Flying Start At BIG School

Jo and Lisa
Early Years Professionals
There is often a mismatch in the skills that Reception teachers want children to come into school with and the expectations that parents think teachers want.
Whilst working with parents over the past…
23rd Apr 2018 07:24 AM
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