This twenty-week program is offered in Terms 3 and 4 for children starting school the following year. The skills of phonemic awareness (sounds) and visual discrimination (letters and words) are learnt in a fun and supportive atmosphere. Children learn to read two-letter and three-letter words. The program includes writing, drawing and counting. Parents are very involved in this enjoyable program and are invited to attend the sixty-minute session each week with their children. There are also take-home activities that make it easy for parents to help their children.
This program aims to prepare young children for school in such a way that they will be full of confidence in themselves as learners and readers. All children joining this program will initially be assessed for phonic knowledge, visual and auditory perception skills and concentration, so that any possible barriers to learning can be identified and addressed.
The program is conducted in small groups of six to eight children. This provides the environment in which children can develop confidence in speaking to the class, the ability to be polite and take turns and to follow the teacher’s instructions.
Level One of the Pre-Kinder Program covers the following in ten weeks:
• the English alphabet
• the sounds made by each vowel and consonant
• identifying beginning, middle and ending sounds in words
• rhyming words
Level Two of the Pre-Kinder Program covers the following in ten weeks:
• revision of level one knowledge and skills
• reading and writing letters
• blending sounds together to make words
• a short list of basic sight words
• reading short stories
In 2012 the program started in the week commencing Monday 18 June.
The fee for the initial assessment is $45. An administration fee of $15 per family is payable at the start of each term. Tuition fees for the Pre-Kinder Program are $35 per 60-minute session. Total cost $770 including GST.
Timetable for 2012 - extra classes may be added as needed.