Preschool - School Readiness
Help your Preschool Child get ready for Reception
Why not join this fun club to help your child get ready for Reception?
These sessions are ideal for 3 and 4-year-olds who are about to start school in September, or those attending nursery.
In this club, we will practice the things learners need to know to go into Reception with confidence. Early Years learners learn best with songs, repetition, games, and fun! That’s just what you will find in our summer camp sessions. During our sessions, a teacher will sing Hello & Good Bye Rhymes, discuss calendar & weather concepts, read books aloud, teach basic learning concepts and facilitate a “show and tell”, and other games.
Children will learn by actively participating during the different segments of the class such as singing, answering questions, engaging with the teacher and peers, playing games to gain confidence, social skills and essential academic foundation concepts.
Each session will begin with a warm-up: children will be greeted warmly by their names, and we will sing the “Hello” song or another fun song to get the initial wiggles out. They may be asked a question like, “what did you play with this morning?” or “did you play outside yesterday?”. Then we will go through the calendar- the day, month, the daily weather and seasons, singing about days of the week and months.
Children will meet five times a week, for 30 minutes to do a deep dive into the following skills:
- Letter recognition, capital and lower-case letters
- Number recognition
- Practicing name writing & simple writing skills
- Shapes, patterns, same and different
- Fine motor skills: using scissors, glue, crayons, and markers
- Social skills, communication and language
Daily Schedule of Summer Club for Preschool
- Letter learning and recognition practice (the alphabet song, poster and flashcards featuring letters, and the sounds they make)
- Draw a picture of an object that starts with a particular sound
- Writing both large and small letters
- Practice name writing with a pencil, including how to hold a pencil to write properly
- Writing CVC words later
- Games such as sharing something that connects to a particular initial sound (e.g. when we highlight the Letter Cc, children will bring something that starts with the Letter Cc, like a cup or crayon)
- Using posters, whiteboard or flashcards
- Listening to a story (the teacher will read or play a story. Books will be read with expression, different voices and props, if available. The books used are set to capture the children’s attention.
- They may be connected to a theme or concept. The teacher will speak clearly and allow the children to see the pages while the book is read aloud. The chosen book(s) might be referred to during other sessions that week.
- We will talk about the characters, setting and events; answering Who? When? Where? and Why? questions, comprehension and connection questions
- Talking about the favourite part of the story
- Drawing pictures and practice writing names of characters
- Practicing numbers 1-10
- Writing numbers 1-10
- Counting groups, items, and pictures up to 10 (e.g. use dots on a ten frame to help the Children develop number sense)
- Number songs
- We will use manipulatives, posters, whiteboard or flashcards
- Learn simple shapes such as square, triangle, circle, rectangle, and star
- Practice patterns, building patterns and completing patterns
- Colour recognition, colouring practice, matching like colours and objects based on colours
- Big and Small – pictures of big and small objects to compare, we will also have fun looking for big and small things in our house
- 2D and 3D shapes with songs, flashcards and objects
- Games such as “I spy with my little eye…”, bring something red/ blue…
- The use of posters, whiteboard or flashcards
- Show and tell (e.g. bring your favourite toy, your pet, or a family picture etc. and tell us about it)
- Talk about the week, our feelings and what was our favourite part of the week?
- Nursery rhymes and songs
- Opposites – Let’s take a look at some opposites games cantered around finding opposites
- Art or crafts task for the weekend, related to the story read that week – scissor and cutting paper practice, glue stick usage, making crafts with glue
- Following simple directions to complete a project using scissors, glue, and colouring utensils
- Playdough/finger gym activities
- A “mindful moment” activity that will help children focus on their breathing. Some children may like to snuggle with their stuffed animal at this time. These mindful moments will encourage children to relax and breathe like different animals. Children are encouraged to use their stuffed animal as a breathing buddy
Each session will end with closing thoughts, praise and encouragement to the children for their hard work and focus during class. The teacher will share the “Goodbye song” with the children. If time allows, she will give time for the children to repeat the rhymes.
The above-listed activities will be the focus of the day, but every day will involve some songs, movement activities, and review of basic preschool information. Each day the children will be singing, moving, listening, thinking, and watching.
benefits of the preschooler club
Preschool/nursery is the first part of Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS). It is an excellent opportunity to prepare young children for Reception class, their first experience of formal education and future academic endeavours. Aside from learning about patience and understanding of time, pre-schoolers also learn about other tools they need to be successful. Circle time in a preschool setting increases a child’s awareness of language, physical and sensory experiences. They are exposed to dances, new songs, and other stimuli.
Our remote summer camp aims to develop the skills that children would have acquired while attending nursery, through circle time activities, skills such as:
One of the most significant benefits your child can get from circle time is the opportunity to socialise. These activities are an excellent way for kids to get along with other kids and adults. They learn more about themselves as they relate to their fellow children as well as teachers. Nurturing a child’s social skills early on is essential. It will prepare them for school, and it will help them in their future academic and professional performance.
Participating in circle time introduces young children to the concept of time through a routine. When children become familiar with a particular activity, they learn about time through schedule and routine.
In circle time, children have to listen and pay attention to their teacher and peers. Everybody takes their turn in leading a game or discussion. Having this as a part of their daily activity helps them develop their listening and communication skills. They learn how to express themselves and overcome shyness.
Children love games and having fun. Keeping circle time fun can make children feel excited about going to school. With exciting and interactive games, we won’t have a hard time getting your little ones to participate actively and enjoy our sessions. They will be looking forward to it every day and love the idea of going to Summer club.
Have some fun every day and meet some new friends!
See you there!