PLD’s 2020 Whole School Literacy Plan
The document outlines how to implement PLD’s literacy, Movement and Motor and Oral Language resources during the Early Years, Foundation, Year 1 & 2 and across Years 3 to 6. Each page provides suggested time frames and implementation recommendations.
The purpose of this document is to provide an implementation outline to assist schools in scheduling the PLD programs within a broad school-based strategy. When
Developing Cutting Skills Step 1, 2 and 3
Developing Cutting Skills Stage 1-3 is a program for 3 to 6 year-olds focused on developing scissor and cutting skills
Developing Cutting Skills (Stages 1-3) is one of a series of two books created by occupational therapists and teachers to support the development of cutting skills in children between the ages of 3 and 6 at school or home. The activities target specific skills that will enable children to develop the coordination and motor skills required for cutting. Multiple opportunities to rehearse cutting skills are provided through simple, easy-to-use worksheets with clear instructions. The series outlines developmental milestones that can be useful for planning, assessment and creating individual education plans. Developing cutting skills is part of a holistic approach to promoting a comprehensive foundation for academic success. From holding scissors to snipping and cutting along a line, this book features: Simple and easy to use, the resource targets scissor skills in early childhood and developmental manner Provides multiple opportunities to rehearse cutting skills Developmental milestone norms throughout the manual This publication is mentioned within the Whole School Literacy Strategy on page 7.
Semantic Development Milestones – Ages 3 to 6
A fact sheet outlining age related milestones for semantic development in children aged 3 to 6 years.
A foldable A4 guide explaining the semantic development milestones your children should be achieving. A 3 year old child should be able to… A 4
Fine and Gross Motor Developmental Milestones – Age 5
This fine and gross motor development milestone poster/sheet for 5 year old children outlines tips for home and causes for concern.
Designed by Occupational Therapists this resource promotes awareness of early motor developmental milestones. The sheet outlines:
- What children be able to do with their body.
- Tips for parents in the home environment so that they can stimulate their child’s motor skills.
- A list of observations of children’s motor skills (or lack of) which are causes for concern and suggest visits to an Occupational Therapist.
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A junior primary approach to instructing letter formation in FOUNDATION FONT.
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Two essential movement and motor resources for your Foundation students.
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