Here are some suggestions:-
- Allow and encourage your child to use the toilet independently, this includes wiping their own bottom!
- Let them dress and undress themselves
- Encourage them to put on their own coats and shoes.
While encouraging these skills try not to put extra obstacles in your child’s way, for example buy school shoes which are easy for the child to put on and take off independently; Velco is a good idea, don’t dress them in shirts with buttons all the way down, don’t put on fiddly belts. We want to encourage independence without the child getting unnecessarily frustrated!
While it is not important for your child to be able to write their name, it is helpful if they are able to recognise their name. At Patcham Village Pre-school we use self-registration to help your child begin to recognise their name. At home, or while out and about, you can point out letters from your child’s name in the environment, on signs etc. There are also lots of activities you can do with your child to encourage pre-writing skills and to build up the strength and dexterity in their hands. For example:-
- Playing with play-doh
- Helping to bake
- Playing with pegs, tweezers, tongs, chopsticks
- Using scissors
- Using art apps on tablets and Ipads
- Drawing with sticks in sand or mud
- Drawing with their finger in flour, glitter, shaving foam etc.
School involves a lot of listening – to their teacher and other adults – so practising good listening skills before your child starts school will help them get off to a great start.
- To encourage good listening be a good listener yourself, so give your child lots of opportunities to talk.
- Read stories together and then ask your child to recall what happened. Research has shown that children who are read to daily do better in all areas of learning.
- Play games that involve listening to instructions, such as Simon Says…
- Go for a listening walk with your child and see what sounds they can hear
- Sing well known nursery rhymes and make deliberate mistakes, children love to spot mistakes and put them right.