Here are a range of questions from fellow mums that I have answered during the start to schooling for my eldest child. I would love to put more on here, so please send in your questions... (contact me)
Q. How can I get my child to write (especially boys!!)?
A. The act of writing is misconceived by many. Parents feel the pressure to get their 3 year old holding a pencil and writing their name, and become frustrated when this doesn't happen. Children need to develop finger strength before they are able to write and they also need to show a willingness to write. Both of these things can be easily achieved at home through play activities and your child will not even know they are writing!! Please see the "Writing" link for more information.
Q. What do I do with this book? It has no words - only pictures?
A. A book with no words is given in order to grasp a child's understanding of story - a child does not need to be able to read words in order to read a book. The act of reading is initially about listening to stories and being able to repeat content or imagine and create their own stories. So, a book without words needs questions like - " Tell me what you can see?" "Which characters/people are in this book?" What are they doing?" "Do you think this character is good/bad?" "What is going to happen next?" "What happened at the end of the story?" "Did you like this book?" "What would you do if you were the character?" These questions can be applied to all stories, but picture books enable children to begin story language without being stuck on actually trying to read the text.
Q. What are the colours on the reading books?
A. All reading books have been book banded by ability. Most schools use the same national system of banding the books but there are some differences out there. Your child will be placed on a coloured reading book when they begin school. They should be assessed to see what they can do and given a book according to their strengths. Remember, a teacher can only judge what they see/hear on the day; they may read better with you at home because they are more familiar with you. Continue to read the books you know that your child can read and discuss any concerns you have with the class teacher.