What is school readiness?
At some stage every parent contemplates whether their child is ready for school. The leap from play based learning in Kinder to a formalized learning environment at school can be a very big step for many children. Apple Seed’s school readiness programs ensure that children are ready to transition. Our learning environment is very similar to the classroom where expectations and routines for school are learnt. Not only do we assist in preparing your child academically for school but there are social, emotional and physical elements to the program as well.
There are two phases of the school readiness program.
Phase One: Aa for alphabet 3-4 year olds 1 hour session
Phase Two: 123 ABC 4-6 year olds 1.5 hour session
The four components in our school readiness program: Academic, Social, Emotional and Physical.
All content taught underpins the Pep Foundations for the Victorian Curriculum and many of our programs support the programs used in local schools.
The Literacy Component builds and develops a students phonological awareness by exploring the sounds of the Australian spoken language. Alongside the teaching of cued articulation which allows individual sounds to be made explicit and emphasized. Students build foundations for reading, writing and spelling during this time. Apple Seed has developed their own series of take home readers for their 123 ABC students that are designed to build the foundations for success in reading. ‘Early learning experiences play an important role in the development of early phonological awareness.‘ (McCulchen et al, 2002)
Our Numeracy component focuses on children understanding basic mathematical concepts. Children are able to play games that promote the development of mathematical concepts, explore using hands on materials and innovative resources along with being able to question the world around them.
Fine motor skills involve the use of the smaller muscle of the hands. These skills are essential for performing everyday tasks such as cutting, construction, self care and pencil grip. Carefully designed activities are included that promote the development of a child’s fine motor skills.
Listening and following instructions are essential skills in the classroom. During the session children are expected to follow instructions and engage in short periods of listening and focussed times. During the sessions students are required to work with a learning partner in a cooperative manner. Social skills are modeled and monitored during the session.
Children are also encourage to develop their confidence, their ability to speak in front of a small group and develop a positive attitude towards learning. Strategies are modeled to deal with regulating emotions.
Providing support for parents at home is a key factor to the success of our program as parents are the most important teacher a child will have. Parents are able to ask our staff questions about their child and gain valuable insights and strategies to use at home.