Home Schooling in Foundation
Pre-Primary (WA), Kindergarten (NSW/ACT), Prep (QLD/VIC/TAS), Reception (SA), Transition (NT)
The Foundation school year is one of the most important years of schooling. This is the year that students learn to read, spell and write. This page provides Foundation teachers with a step by step guide to using PLD in the classroom.
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Pre-Literacy skills are developed to prepare children for formal schooling. Activities which focus children on hearing the sounds in words (phonological awareness) and the links to alphabet sounds, provide an ideal preparation for literacy learning once in school.
Oral language refers to the act of speaking and listening. Oral language skills include vocabulary, sentence structure, comprehension and structured thinking (or the ability to elaborate, organise and sequence thoughts). While poor oral language skills do not prevent children from reading, it can impact reading comprehension, writing and the accessing the full curriculum.
Movement & Motor
The way students coordinate their bodies and use their muscles to respond to what they hear is a big part of literacy. Often, a physical response is required. A classic example is the ability to follow instructions and compose a written response. A range of physical skill development supports the functioning within a classroom and includes skills such as pencil grip, cutting skills, letter formation and handwriting.
Children benefit when home and early childhood services work together. To support this, PLD offers an extensive range of parent information sheets and videos. These resources are ideal to be disseminated to parents and the wider community through newsletters, websites and general communication.
The most time-efficient and cost-effective way to upskill with PLD is by enrolling in the Learning to Read, Spell and Write in Foundation course. The three-hour course is divided into four sections.
- Videos 1 & 2 relate to Semester 1. (Installment 1 is available as a free preview)
- Videos 3 & 4 relate to Semester 2.