Preparing for school

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  • Alphabet
    Yes, we all need our alphabet knowledge of sounds and letter names. Children will sing it and then begin to say it in sequence with confidence and then recognize letters out of sequence. It becomes vitally important for their literary progress. The chart provided in the pre-entry pack is the same as the one used in the classroom.
  • Reading

    Books help to enrich children's thinking. Quality time and experiences sharing books at home becomes very rewarding and visits to the local library provide children with a rich variety of texts. Books, tapes, poems, songs, posters all add to encouraging reading.

    Time spent reading should be enjoyable, relaxing and contain lots of praise and positive encouragement.

    School reading is sent home in their reading pack/ kżpaki each night Listen to your child 10 -15 mins per day.

    Select a time when your child is not hungry or tired.
    Give your child your undivided attention.

    Children learn by example. They need to be involved and converse with adults who are interested and prepared to share ideas and experiences with them. Everyday happenings can provide an invaluable basis for learning at home and in the wider community. When your child begins pre-entry they will be given a reading strategy to work on for the week. This may be getting clues from the pictures, pointing to each work as they say it or retelling the story in their own words. All of these strategies develop their early reading skills.

    At school we encourage the development of INDEPENDENCE and it is important that you encourage your child to do as much as possible (within reason) for themselves.

    Have available such items as: Sand, shells, crayons, games, books, paper, magazines, boxes, glue etc.

    You will automatically be introducing your child to concepts of colour, shape, size and number by talking while they experiment.

    Talk with and to your child, drawing their attention to “things around them” when you are out in the car, at the beach, park, shops, doctor etc. Children are curious by nature and ask lots of questions. It can build a great repertoire of words and knowledge for them.

  • Handwriting
    When teaching your child to print their name, please use a capital letter for the first letter and small letters for the remainder of their name. E.g. Kylie Corban Encourage the correct formation of letters as incorrect habits are hard to correct later on. The correct formations can be found in their Duffy Books activity book.
  • Numeracy
    Through the use of equipment, their environment, language and following role models they develop their maths knowledge, skills and processes.. Opportunities to identify colours, shapes and exploring counting in many ways prior to starting school is a great foundation for building maths knowledge. Playing games such as snap, snakes and ladders and hopscotch can reinforce maths concepts in a fun way.
  • Topic
    During the year your child will cover a variety of topics, most of which will be revisited and studied in greater depth as they progress. Topic at Arowhenua covers science, technology and social sciences. Visits to the beach, park, native bush, making things and discussing how things work are all very good ways to prepare your child for these learning areas.
  • Arts
    The arts include music, dance, visual art and drama. Opportunities to explore all of these art forms through drawing, painting, modelling moving to music and singing prepare your child for these learning areas.
  • Te reo Maori
    Te reo Maori

    Te reo Maori is taught in a natural way at Arowhenua Maori School. Teachers quickly assess your child’s ability and teach to their individual needs. Most children will learn greetings, simple instructions and phrases, waiata and poems during pre-entry if they haven’t already got these skills. Support at home helps students to progress well in this area. If you want advice or help or simply want to clarify what you can help with discuss this with your child’s teacher.

    We cover all the required components of the N.Z. Curriculum as well as daily instruction in Te Reo Maori.

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