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Here are the first contents of the book.....

We all love our children and want the best for them. We want to give them the best start in life. One of the most important things you can give when a child is small is attention. Look and speak to them even before they can talk as this is how they learn. If you have ever visited another country that speaks a different language, you will know that you understand before you can speak. When you do learn to speak it is slow and not in proper sentences; this is how your child learns to speak English.

In the modern world with all our technology it can be easy to overlook this. Teachers will tell you that many children from all income backgrounds have poor language skills when they first start school. Talking to your baby or child is vital and so is reading and singing to them. You can point things out to them. 'Look at this' 'What a lovely that'

When they do talk, try to not over correct; be diplomatic to avoid hurt feelings. It matters even with a small child. Instead repeat the correct version such as, Child says 'I no like this thing' You say 'You don't like this?'

When your child does start to talk try to ask them open ended questions; that is questions that cannot be answered by just a yes or a no. 'Why do you like this' 'When should we do this?' 'What colour would you like?'

You do not need much equipment with small children; a few books, talk and play with them, play in the bath, go for walks. As your child gets older they will enjoy toys such as cars, dolls, trains. What they like will vary but in my experience all children like dressing up clothes and hats, play houses and food, sand pits and water play. Other favourites are Zoo and Farm animals, Building blocks such as, Duplo, Lego and Stickle bricks. And drawing and crayoning or playing with chalks. None of these items are expensive.

Please go to our sister website to download the school preparation worksheets we use in this book. Above all else enjoy this way of preparing your children for school. Use and give your child an unfair advantage!

Have fun!

Chapter 1

Why buy this book to prepare your child for school?
This book developed from a nursery school we ran in an English city for 16 years. All the ideas and advice contained here are what we used to successfully teach the children in the 60 place private nursery school for 2 to 5 year olds. I have 25 years teaching experience, and a post graduate teaching diploma.

I decided to put all this school preparation material on the internet and now ebook readers, to make it available to everyone. We only use tried, tested and proven ideas so we know they work. It is low cost, but gives excellent quality and value as the internet reduces the financial burden. You will find it simple to use and easy to do so at home.
Parents/carers are the best educators of a child and can start where the knowledge level of the child is. You can look at what your child at home is interested in and whatever it is the materials will allow you to prepare your child for school in a one to one environment. This works best with young children as the child does not have to wait for attention.

Remember you do not need expensive equipment to make your preparation a success. We explain what to do and how to do it. We give you a clear structure to follow. Download the weekly preparation materials and worksheets that we can't put on an ebook from the website if you wish. However we have found that it is easier to read about what to do in book form for you the parent or educator.

The learning methods used are relevant to three major areas.

1. Preparation for school for children aged 2 to 5
2. Pre-School Preparation for 3 and 4 year olds, or the year before school.
3. Early Years Preparation designed for children aged three or two years before school.

Two year old Preparation for the youngest children.
Worksheets on topics and display materials are available if needed.

Five years old plus, work sheets and resources.

Remember you can tailor these to the needs of your child.

Activities for the younger children consist of craft, singing, tracing, free play and enjoying books. For older children there will be more reading, writing and number activities based on topics and events. You can then access the website for worksheets and other materials not suitable for reading or printing from an ebook. These products are very reasonably priced. Use the code giles to get a 30% discount.

This book is suitable for all kinds of people to follow. You may be a parent at home with your child or a nanny. You may be in an isolated area or abroad and need an English curriculum. You may be unable to afford an expensive pre-school or want to spend time with your child at the weekend. You may feel you need a framework to help you better prepare your child for school.

In our pre-school where we prepared many children for school we used the materials for 3 hours a day in the mornings. In the afternoons we did music, dance, cooking, French and general craft. We have a cooking section with lots of recipes linked to activities and lots of craft ideas. You can use tumble tots, music or dance classes if you want to, or just play in the garden or park. Playing is a child's work , it is how they learn so it is important not to be too structured. Goal orientated activities are good, but not all the time, and do allow enough time for 'free play' when the child can choose what they play with. By following the guidance in this book you will give your child the best possible preparation for school.

Chapter 2

Preparing to go to School

This book will give you the necessary information to prepare your child in all ways for school. It is however very important to understand that most of a child's success in the early years of schooling is related to broader social skills and not their academic ability.

When at school for the first time your child will be outside the home in a large group. Even if they have attended pre-school this requires a lot more independence, which is why it is important to spend time preparing your child for school.

When your child becomes one of many children, a different behaviour is needed compared to being in the home. It is vital that your child can behave in a socially acceptable way; this means doing as they are told, not shouting or arguing and being able to share with other children. Being able to wait their turn is also very important as when part of a group of children they cannot have whatever they want at once.

Social Skills needed.
Name recognition It is vital your child knows their own name and recognises both first and last names. They need to be able to reply to a roll call. They also need to be able to write and read their name so they can find their own coat peg and label their work; a teacher cannot label an entire classroom of pieces of work all the time!

Use of language Your child needs to be able to use language to communicate with children and adults. They will have to use words to explain things as the staff will not be able to guess what is the matter or understand non-standard English. Speaking clearly is important; too often at home we guess what our child wants. Your child will also need to use good manners in order to say please and thank you and be polite to the adults teaching them. Learning to put their hand up when they want to speak is a good practice to learn. They must also understand that if a teacher gives an instruction they must obey.

Follow instructions At school there are lots of instructions; line up, go out to play, sit down for quiet times. Your child needs to be able to follow these. Nothing annoys school staff more than a child who does not do as they are told.

Sharing Sharing toys and equipment is vital. This is necessary as your child needs to be able to get on with other children and work in a group.

Physical independence Your child will need to be able to use the toilet and wash their hands. They will need to feed themselves and use cutlery and open their lunch box. They will need to be able to get changed for Physical Education classes and not lose their clothes in the process. They need to be able to fasten their own shoes and put their coat on. They will also need to be able to sit still and listen for 15 minutes for story time, assembly etc. This all relates to fine and gross motor skills; using their fingers and body to do what they want.

Be ready TO LEARN This relates to learning to listen. Speaking and listening is vital before reading and writing. Your child needs to be curious about the world and take pleasure in learning.

If your child can do all these things, they will do well. If they have also learnt all the academic skills in this book they will thrive from the first day and be ready for success in the world outside the home.

We hope these few chapters will convince you that you need this book, go on, give your child an unfair advantage.... buy the book and use it!!