School Start Buddy: Create a world of opportunities for your child
Help your child learn to read and write before starting school and/or during their early school years with this exciting and effective teacher-designed resource
TEACH YOUR CHILD TO WRITE WITH THE SCHOOL START BUDDY
If you own a School Start Buddy, simply follow these simple steps to teach your child how to read and write.
The videos will guide you through each step.
Best of all – everything you need is inside your School Start Buddy!
Teach your child to write their name
It is great if children can start school knowing how to write their name. Here is a really short activity that will have your child writing their name in no time!
Teach your child to say letter sounds and blend 3 letter words
This simple 10 minute activity can be done daily so that your child is able to recognise all the letters of the alphabet and read three letter words. These skills should be the focus during a child’s first term of school because they are the foundation to learning to read.
Teach your child to write
The following two videos explain the process of teaching a child to write using the School Start Buddy.
Teach your child how to hear sounds in words
This video explains how to explicitly teach a child to hear sounds in words, which is an essential spelling strategy.
Teach your child essential reading strategies when they start bringing home school readers
These two videos explain how to use the sentence blocks from your School Start Buddy, along with their school reader, to teach essential reading strategies. The first video demonstrates the activity with a decodable reader (these have lots of blend words and encourage your child to focus on the letters in the words), and the second video demonstrates the activity with a more meaning based reader (these have lots of high frequency words and encourage you to use the picture a bit more).
Teach your child to quickly read high frequency words
This video demonstrates a 10-minute activity that you can do with your child each day until they are able to recognise around 50 high frequency words (also known as sight words). The best thing about this activity is that your child will also learn essential reading and writing strategies.
Teach your child letter names, the alphabet and Upper-case letters
Once your child is confidently blending sounds to read words, it is a good time to make sure they can recognise and say the letter names. This activity explains how to use the School Start Buddy and the School Start Capital Letter Case to teach the alphabet, letter names and to match upper and lower-case letters.
Teach your child letter patterns / digraphs
This video explains how to use your School Start Buddy to encourage your child to make connections between words according to a particular digraph or letter pattern. This is the perfect activity to learn a list of spelling words.