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Programme for Ages 3-4


(Parents will receive a Report at end of program based on child’s progress against each of these objectives)

  • Show interest and enjoyment in picture books
  • Make text to life connections
  • Experience a range of genres – nursery rhymes, narratives, folktales, poetry
  • Begin to develop phonological awareness
  • Encounter new and unusual vocabulary
  • Listen to and use more complex language, such as prediction and hypothesis
  • Develop concepts of print
  • Develop awareness of different perspectives
  • Begin to be aware of the alphabetic principle (sound-symbol correspondence)
  • Begin to use language to talk about pictures (visual literacy)

What to expect

  • Produce clear sentences
  • Understand simple questions
  • Ask questions such as “what’s that?”
  • Use some prepositions, pronouns and other grammatical rules
  • Enjoy simple stories about familiar experiences eg going to bed, playing, eating, making a mess, pets
  • Enjoy counting rhymes and songs
  • May begin to understand that print conveys meaning
  • Own favourite books
  • Need to hear stories many times
  • Engage in pretend play based on familiar stories and routines

Notes for parents: how you can help your child learn about reading

  • Talk to your child
  • Explain what you are doing and why
  • Always ensure that reading is an enjoyable and entertaining experience
  • Help child to “write” on greeting cards, thank you notes, shopping lists
  • Minimal use of TV and computer games
  • Point out print when you are out and about
  • Have plenty of paper and writing tools available
  • Sing songs and nursery rhymes often
  • Make connections between picture books and child’s own life
  • Go on outings – discuss before, during and afterwards
  • Never make comparisons with other children
  • Let child see you reading and writing often

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