Our Literacy Program is an integration of Jolly phonics activities, stories, etc... It extends into all our activities - reading, music, and crafts. Children will be allowed to explore books every day at appropriate levels depending upon their age and readiness.
What is Jolly Phonics?
Jolly Phonics is a fun and child centred approach to teaching literacy through synthetic phonics. With actions for each of the 42 letter sounds, the multi-sensory method is very motivating for children and teachers, who can see their students achieve. The letter sounds are split into seven groups as shown.
Letter Sound Order
The sounds are taught in a specific order (not alphabetically). This enables children to begin building words as early as possible.
How does Jolly Phonics work?
Using a synthetic phonics approach, Jolly Phonics teaches children the 5 skills for reading and writing.
The 3 out of 5 skills taught in Jolly Phonics at The Toddler House Nursery
- Learning the letter sounds (Age 1- 4)
Children are taught the 42 main letter sounds. This includes alphabet sounds as well as digraphs such as sh, th, ai and ue.
- Learning letter formation (Age 2- 4)
Using different multi-sensory methods, children learn how to form and write the letters.
- Identifying the sounds in words (Segmenting) (Age 3-4)
Listening for the sounds in words gives children the best start for improving spelling.
Our Math program is an integration of Numicon a multi-sensory approach to teaching maths developed by experts in the classroom. It is designed to help children understand connections between numbers. It’s ideal support for early maths teaching they will be meeting at the school.
Through the multi-sensory activities and mathematical language of Numicon, your child will develop the understanding and skills that underpin their later understanding of number.
Our Science program will provide the opportunity for children to develop a range of skills, either explicitly or implicitly through the following:
- Explore objects and materials.
- Raise questions.
- Make careful observations.
- Engage in simple investigations.
- Describe (including shape, size, number, compare, sort, classify, and order.)
- Record observations using words and pictures
- Use a variety of simple tools to extend observations.
- Identify patterns.
- Work collaboratively with others.
- Share and discuss ideas and listen to new perspectives.
Life Skills – will help instill important qualities such as responsibility, self- control, discipline, self – reliance, concern for community and empathy.
Assess your child’s progress and work through their personalized portfolios and progress card: The personalized portfolio will display your child’s work done throughout the year.
Children are assessed constantly throughout the year and the progress card will highlight all of the areas in which your child has developed. We send out two reports during an academic year. The first report is sent home at the end of Term 1 and the second is sent home at the end of term 3.
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