Parent education sessions are a key way for educators to share tips on how parents can prepare their children for school and what they will learn. Typically conducted on an annual basis, parent sessions give the school the chance to equip their community with the tools that will reinforce their school based learning. PLD has developed specific handouts and video content for schools to use, the resources aim to involve and educate parents in how to support their child’s learning.
As a starting point we recommend teachers spend a couple minutes explaining how kids learn, in particular, that academic success is dependent on developing three interlocking sets of skills:
Literacy (green): pre-literacy and early and later literacy skills which include phonic knowledge, decoding, spelling and a range of other skills. Any PLD resources coloured green are written and developed by Educators and Speech Pathologists.
Oral Language (blue): speaking and listening skills such as comprehension, vocabulary, sentence structure, the ability to structure and the ability to elaborate upon your thoughts. Any PLD resources coloured blue are written and developed by Speech Pathologists.
Movement and Motor (red): the ability to operate with efficient and coordinated fine and gross motor body movements. Any PLD resources coloured red are written and developed by Occupational Therapists.
To help educators to quickly and easily prepare for upcoming year presentations we have pulled together all of the key downloadable resources and video presentations into one spot.
Milestones and Learning Downloadable Resources
PLD has a large range of downloadable resources containing milestone and learning support information. We encourage the distribution of these resources to parents and the wider community through newsletters, websites and general communication. Some of our more popular downloads include:
Foundation Literacy, Language & Motor Milestone Booklet
Speech & Sound Development
Recommended Picture Books for 6-8 year olds
Appropriate Pencil Grip
View all age related downloads by following the links below.
Parent Education Videos
We have created videos and playlists specifically in the area of parent education, making it easier for educators to communicate milestones and best practices to their community. The following videos are designed to either be embedded within e-newsletters or viewed within parent education workshops/sessions. We have a made a curated list of the best videos to share HERE, but here is a taste of our most popular ones:
Watch: School readiness in the area of speaking and listening
Watch: Pronouncing Alphabet Letter Sounds
Watch: 4 year old Speech and Language Milestones
Watch: 6 year old Speech and Language Milestones
PLD’s Comprehension Questions – an at home program
Reading at home is an important part of a child’s literacy journey. If you are implementing our Comprehension Questions program in which students are sent home with a picture book and a set of scripted questions, it is recommended that you lead the parents through the narrative retelling process. This can be done by showing the parents the following short age based video clips.
- Comprehension questions for 3 year olds
- Comprehension questions for 4 year olds
- Comprehension questions for 5 year olds
- Comprehension questions for 6 & 7 year olds
- Comprehension questions for 8 & 9 year olds
Are you looking at running a reading workshop?
The FAQ linked below provides 3 TIPS on how to run a reading workshop for parents, helping them to assist in their child’s reading potential.
Tip 1: Recognise that oral language will very soon link to how the students process written language Students who have a large vocabulary and speak with adult like grammar typically progress into reading with much greater ease.
Check that your child’s speech and language skills are where they should be.
1. Speaking and language skills sheets and videos: https://pld-literacy.org/product/speech-language-development-milestones-5-year-old/
2. Speech sound development: https://pld-literacy.org/product/speech-sound-development-milestones-fact-sheet/
3. Should a student require speech and language pathology sessions: https://pld-literacy.org/product/observations-of-a-student-to-accompany-a-referral-to-a-sp/
Tip 2: A child’s reading comprehension skills can be predicted (or worked on before they are even reading) through the presentation of specifically scripted comprehension questions**
Training videos and information is provided here: https://pld-literacy.org/product/comprehension-questions-for-5-year-olds/
Tip 3: Understand the process of early reading, so parents know what to expect and how it to make it as enjoyable as possible.
All the best with your parent nights!
We hope that this information enables school and home to be more aligned. Should you want to discuss this further with the PLD team or organise a consultation please email [email protected]