Success at school depends on being ready for school. Perfect for all nursery and pre-school settings, this book is packed full of fun and educational play-based ideas to develop the basic skills that every child needs to prepare them for that next big step.
For newly qualified and experienced practitioners alike, this book offers a huge range of activities, from laying the foundations for early reading and writing, to developing social skills and building up physical dexterity. Tips are provided for making the ideas relevant to every child, whatever their learning style or individual needs and additional ideas for involving parents are also included.
With 20 years' experience of teaching in mainstream and special education settings, Clare Ford brings vast experience, innovative ideas and invaluable advice for all Early Years practitioners involved in making the transition to `big school' as smooth as possible.
Clare Ford works as the Early Years' Manager and Arts Co-ordinator in a special needs school in Surrey. She works with nursery teachers, speech therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists and educational psychologists to ensure that children with additional needs make as much progress as possible. She also serves on the panels that allocate school places to SEN children in Surrey, which allows her to visit a great many nurseries and pre-schools and to examine children's skills and development in a variety of settings.
One of a kind/ Help me!/ Engaging the reluctant/ Making mistakes/ My coat peg?/ Day to day routines/ Observing for planning/ Getting dressed/ Look and see/ Tastes good!/ Strong fingers/ Scissor skills/ Listen to me/ Reflecting on photos/ Which book?/ Snuggle up and read/ Reading aloud/ Looking at marks/ Copy cat writing/ Outdoor writing/ Talking Maths/ Knowing numbers/ Numbers for the more able/ Fun with shapes/ Building dens/ Cooking to learn/ Water tray learning/ Outside in winter/ Tidy up time/ Trips out/ Hearing from home