√ Quality time
Some of your most treasured moments can be spent around the School Start Buddy, enjoying time together. It can be slotted into your day as ‘game’ time, which doubles up as quality time.
√ Avoid the learning ‘traps’ of online programs
Computer programs and apps can give the impression of understanding and learning, all without parental guidance. However, your child might be just going through the on-screen motions, not quite grasping literacy concepts or understanding them correctly.
With the School Start Buddy you can see whether your child is understanding the concepts, and can tailor the ‘play’ accordingly.
√ Improve dexterity
The School Start Buddy is a completely ‘hands-on’ resource, allowing your child to manipulate and play with the letters, words and sentences. They’ll enjoy a tactile experience that will encourage fine motor skills and a love of learning.
When my children were younger, I found lots of great literacy ideas online or in magazines, but rarely implemented them because I didn’t have the equipment.
The School Start Buddy not only gives you activity ideas and easy-to-follow guidelines, but it provides the actual resource. This is why I created it in the first place, so that parents and teachers would have everything at the tip of their busy fingers. There’s no mess either because everything is within the case. Simply open it when you’re ready, close it when you’re done.
√ Easy and effective to use
You don’t need a teaching degree to use the School Start Buddy with your child because it’s designed to make it simple to teach fundamental reading and writing skills.
As an experienced teacher I know that when children are learning to read, they have to learn to use three reading cues: knowing that what they’re reading ‘looks right’, ‘sounds right’, and ‘makes sense’. When you use the blank magnetic sentence blocks from the School Start Buddy with your child, you are inadvertently teaching them to use the three reading cues. Easy as that!
√ Useful and unique gift idea
Take advantage of our gift package (save $100) and give a unique gift to a child who is excited about starting school.
√ Teach and ‘play’ to suit your child’s specific needs
With School Start Buddy, you can individualise how much you want to ‘play’ and teach, whether your child has started school or not. For example:
- Teach your child how to write their own name, as well as other important words in their life. The Handbook shows you how to do this using the magnetic letters.
- Teach your child to make sentences from their school reader using the blank magnetic sentence blocks. The handbook will show you how.
- Teach your child words from their school spelling list.
Give your child the gift of confidence and literacy