Today’s post is from a concerned parent looking to supplement her children’s at school learning with additional at home learning resources. The post is useful in understanding how the PLD Learning Resources combine to form an evaluation and development system that is equally applicable to the classroom and the home.
Dear Diana, I am hoping that you could take the time to help me. I have a 4 ½ year old and 8 ½ year old. I would like to supplement your program at home and was wondering, if I wanted to buy all the packs for both age groups (for just home teaching as a parent to my children) which are the ones that I should purchase and why?
I am concerned that both my son and daughter are missing out on some basic phonic awareness at both age groups, especially my daughter with writing and spelling etc and would like to assist them at home as much as I can.
PLD can certainly provide you with supplementary at-home learning resources. In terms of your 8½ year old, you will need to give her a quick spelling test. You can download this test directly from the web site and find it on page 19 of the document title Implementing PLD’s Resources within a Whole School Literacy Strategy.
If your daughter makes multiple errors at a stage 1, stage 2 or stage 3 level, then refer to the resources listed in each respective section. In particular the dictation books (stage 1, 2 and 3) assist students to transfer their spelling concepts to their writing. Given what you have written, I would highly recommend these resources.
In terms of your 4½ year old my advice is dependent upon whether your son is in Kindy or Pre-Primary. Rather than looking through the entire catalogue you can access resources for Kindergarten on our website’s Early Years (3 and 4 year olds) page and resources for Pre-Primary on our Foundation (5 year olds) page. Keep in mind when viewing these products, those with:
- Blue covers – target language skills (and have been written by Speech pathologists)
- Red covers – target motor skills (and have been written by Occupational Therapists)
- Green covers – target pre-literacy and literacy skills (and have been written by Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Teachers.)
For your younger child select your area of concern and refine your choice from this point. On the web site you will find sample pages and video clips for most of the resources. This should also help your selection. You may also wish to consult our Free Downloads section (located at the bottom of the above mentioned age range pages) which contain developmental milestone sheets for literacy, motor and movement and oral language skills.
It is ambitious of you to want to work on multiple programs/areas with your children. Typically I suggest starting with children’s weakest skills or areas of greatest concern. If that works well and you can handle looking at additional programs/areas then do go ahead and attempt targeting additional skills.
You are a good parent to be looking at supplementing the school’s efforts. School’s do their best but often they require parental support.