Literacy & School
We believe that introducing children to a pre-kindy program will assist them when they begin school. Our school readiness program commences when your child enrols, regardless of their age, and represents a systematic and continuous approach to preparing each child for primary school.
Ready to Read
Little Learning School is the only child care centre to exclusively offer Australia’s leading pre-school literacy program ‘Ready to Read’. The program is held for 45 weeks of the year and is taught by our University Trained Early Childhood Educators.
The program introduces children to rich language experiences where they’ll learn single sounds and the letters of the alphabet. They begin to shape letter like forms and do creative ‘pretend writing’ to express their ideas.
The program focuses on the following literacy predictors of success:
- Concepts about print: awareness of the functions, forms, conventions and uses of print and an understanding about words, letters, sentences, paragraphs, punctuation and grammar
- Rhyme: recognition of rhyme to assist children to develop the ability to break words into smaller parts and recognise the smaller parts in words
- Phonics: the relationships between letters and sounds is taught and reinforced. If a child has a good knowledge of the sounds of the alphabet it is much easier to learn to read
- Blending sounds: building on children’s knowledge and understanding about blending different sounds together
- Sight words: new sight words in all activity books
- Comprehension: identifying familiar words quickly and automatically and understand their meaning
- Handwriting skills: pencil grip and handwriting script used in schools
School Readiness Program
The specific school-related goals and objectives our program consist of are emphasised in the 6-12 month period prior to children commencing school.
✓ Can recognise own name in written format
✓ Can write own name
✓ Begins to recognise letters of the alphabet
✓ Begins to print a few letters from the alphabet ✓ Begins to recognise and print a few numbers
✓ Draws pictures with detail
✓ Sorts objects according to category
✓ Demonstrates the concept of opposites
✓ Hold writing implements using correct grip
✓ Uses scissors with safety and control
✓ Recognises shapes and colours
✓ Can finish a task and tidy up afterwards
✓ Participates in imaginative play
✓ Understands sequence of events
✓ An awareness of road safety and stranger danger.
✓ Packing their own bag
✓ Following through on instructions without constant supervision
✓ Eating out of a lunch box (unwrapping food, eating whole pieces of fruit etc)
✓ Forming letters on a line going from left to right
✓ Putting shoes and socks on without help
✓ Health, hygiene and safety, including road safety, car safety, stranger danger, sun-protective behaviours, dental and oral hygiene, etc
✓ Interacting positively and politely with adults
✓ Working in small and large group situations
Please note, the above are not essential criteria in determining if a child is ready for school, as every child is different.