Do you have a little one about to enter big school? Like most parents, you might be a little concerned at just how ‘ready’ he or she is. Sure, they can open their own lunch box, carry their backpacks, and put on a school uniform, but does this make them ready?
As parents how can we help our children gain the confidence, the social skills and the academic edge to excel in school without sacrificing that precious play time? How can we make learning fun for our little ones without feeling like an alphabet drill sergeant? And how can we escape the guilt that possibly, we’re not doing enough to prepare our little ones for school?
Begin Bright has the answer!
Don’t keep yourself awake at night with these questions, Begin Bright has the answer for you!
Brand new to New Zealand, Australia’s leading School Readiness Programme is here to help little learners smoothly and confidently transition to school.
The Begin Bright School Readiness Programme uses fun, engaging STEAM classes to teach your child key literacy and numeracy skills, which supports them academically in their transition to primary school.
Phonological awareness, phonemics and phonics
A key component to the programs is our focus on phonological awareness, phonemics and phonics. This is important so children learning to read are able to make the link between sounds and letters. Begin Bright teaches synthetic phonics so that when a child arrives at the stage of decoding words, the words can be broken into small pieces (e.g., b-ea-ch).
This approach helps children to decode words that they cannot identify through context and appearance alone. Phonological awareness ability at school entry is considered to be one of the best predictors of a child’s reading success.
Different levels for different kids
Green level (for children aged 3 – 4)
Begin Bright kids begin to develop literacy and numeracy comprehension. This level introduces letter names and the sounds of the alphabet to give children a good phonemic knowledge of the English language. This level also explores numbers 1 to 10.
Yellow level (for children aged 4 -5)
Begin Bright kids recognise sound formations as letters, recognise sounds in words, and write words containing the sounds. The programme focuses on single sounds at the beginning, end, and middle of three-letter words (eg. c-a-t).
Children will also learn to recognise and write numbers 1 to 20 and learn to add single digit numbers.
Orange level (supports 5+ year old)
Once the Begin Bright children start school, the programme gives children a good foundation of reading principles. The programme goes through single sounds, blend sounds and then introduces children to sight words, punctuation, and writing.
For Mathematics, Begin Bright also focuses on forming a solid foundation; children can connect the spelling of the number, the numeral, and quantities of numbers. We encourage fluency in counting sequences, adding and subtracting, and developing problem-solving skills.
These are the things that are focussed on in the first year of school. Knowing that your child has already been exposed to these skills means they will be more willing to participate, more confident to speak up, and more excited to learn what’s next.
It’s more than just learning
While Begin Bright is all about learning, it’s so much more. It’s about helping children gain the confidence, fine motor and social skills to start school. Kids are spending time with other kids, a qualified teacher and without mummy (just for the duration of the class), which, again, prepares them for big school.
The classes are short (one hour once a week) and small, which means more one-on-one teacher time. Plus, it gives you an hour to yourself to get the groceries done without having a child clinging to your leg.
It’s social, but structured. It’s fun, but learning-focused.
Children learn at different rates so Begin Bright helps children develop these learning skills, so that, no matter where they are academically, they have the confidence and the motivation to continue.
Regardless of whether your little one loves the idea of school, or, would prefer to sit in a sandpit all day, Begin Bright can give you the confidence that, yes, your child is ready. And yes, you’ve done enough.
If you needed any more enticement, for a limited time you will receive a FREE School Readiness Fun Pack with every new enrolment*. This pack includes, a story book, a colouring in book, alphabet and number cards!
*terms and conditions apply.
Book a free trial today www.beginbright.co.nz
This advertorial was written incorporating information supplied by Begin Bright.