School Start Buddy

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School Start Buddy: For children who are in their first year of school. 

“School Start Buddy is brilliant. It has been a fantastic resource in helping my sons build the foundational skills in both reading and writing. My sons love the engaging and interactive activities and I love the quality time I get to spend with my boys, watching them grow and learn.”
Rosie Perre

R/1 teacher and parent of three boys aged 5, 7, and 9

Create a world of opportunities for your child

Make sure your child achieves ESSENTIAL READING and WRITING SKILLS during their first years of school  with this EXCITING and EFFECTIVE teacher-designed resource… THE SCHOOL START BUDDY


School Start Buddy


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How the School Start Buddy works

The School Start Buddy is specifically designed for parents/carers to use with children who are in the early stages of school.

It empowers parents to make sure their child/children achieve essential literacy skills in the foundation years of school. It comes with online videos that provide parents with easy, step-by-step guidelines to use the School Start Buddy with their child. 

The case contains:

  • 57 magnetic letters

Magnetic letters are an effective resource for teaching children letter sounds, as well as how to read and write words.  The design of the case ensures it is quick and easy for children to find the letter they are looking for.

  • 24 blank magnetic sentence blocks

The magnetic sentence blocks are designed to make it fun and easy for children to transition from reading and writing words to reading and writing whole sentences. Scroll down to STEP 5 below to find out exactly how to use the sentence blocks, as well as how children learn to read. 

  • 1 Small magnetic whiteboard eraser

The small size allows children to erase just one letter at a time, leading to more confidence and less frustration.

  • 2 whiteboards

Children feel more confident to write on whiteboards because any mistakes they make can be easily erased. The two whiteboards allow all the magnetic resources to be clearly displayed on one board, while the other board is free to play and learn on.

  • 1 whiteboard marker

  • 100 blank sight word cards and 2 alternate colour pens

It is important that children learn to quickly read commonly used words (also known as sight words). This video explains how your child can learn to read sight words by using the cards, pens and other resources inside the School Start Buddy.

  • Online video tutorials and resources

Below is a guide to teaching a child to read and write with the School Start Buddy. It contains short instructional videos, as well as a range of resources, that make using your School Start Buddy as EASY as possible. This means that anyone can teach a child to read and write!

School Start Buddy


School Start Buddy

Why choose the School Start Buddy?

✔ Fun for young children (4 – 7 years old)

✔ Easy and effective to use – simply watch the FREE short videos for parents to find out how it works

✔ Convenient – everything you need is inside the case

✔ No screen-time

✔ Spend quality time with your child

✔ Gives your child the best start to school

✔  Gives your child the skills to independently and confidently read and write

✔ Encourages a love of learning

✔ Affordable

✔ Developed by a teacher, parent and literacy coordinator with over 15 years experience

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The School Start Buddy has been avidly embraced by many schools and teachers who recognise that students MUST achieve foundational literacy skills in the first years of school. In fact, many schools currently give the School Start Buddy to their Foundation Year Students to use at home with their parents.  

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