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Kindy Age

Starting the education journey

Children can start kindergarten when turning four years old by 30 June of the year they attend.

Starting Kindergarten is the beginning of your child’s education journey where they learn important early numeracy, literacy and social skills. Although Kindergarten is not compulsory, most children attend because parents understand that it helps give their children the best start to school.

Kindergarten is part-time and your child can attend for 15 hours a week.


Elite Learning Offering
 
We support students and families through this time by enhancing the learning experience, expanding on language and essential skills.

At Elite Learning our focus on language allows students to attend Kindy and excel in the language skills required for Pre-Primary.


Writing 
 

Emergent drawing and writing skills are crucial in the development of handwriting. Children will make marks on paper from an early age and call it ‘their writing’. Marie Clay describes their repetitive squiggles or attempts at adult writing as the ‘recurring principle’.

Hand–eye coordination is important in the development of handwriting. Young children are supported in the development of their hand–eye coordination, balance, spatial awareness and fine and gross motor skills.


Reading
 

Reading is the essential life skill

Research shows that learning to read is one of the most important factors in school success and that an early exposure to books and stories substantially contributes to success in early literacy.  There are strong links between literacy, school performance, self-esteem and life chances with poor literacy skills being linked with lower education, earnings, health and social outcomes.


 “Relationships are the key. For relationships, minds have to engage. Ideas are essential, and books constitute a superlative source of ideas. Books can be bridges between children and parents, and children and the world.” (Dorothy Butler, Babies Need Books. Bodley Head, 1980) 

At Elite Learning our educators form a bond with children that allows minds to engage, we provide smaller groups that allow relationships to develop, enabling our reading time to become a cosmos of ideas.


Language experience 
 

Learners’ experiences is used to create links between spoken and written language. The ‘language experience’ strategy creates opportunities to use learners’ experiences and their oral language as a basis for constructing a written text. Learners are encouraged
to take an active role in the writing of texts and reading them back.

 

Learners’ early attempts might include making marks on a page to represent their thoughts and drawing to assist in focusing thoughts and expressing themselves—these activities act as a bridge to writing. The educator assists by recording the learner’s thoughts on paper. This provides an opportunity to talk about the sentences, words and letters as the learner watches.
 

Learners can be involved in tracing or copying the text the educator has written for them. As learners begin to identify individual letters and undertake their own writing, letter formation in handwriting can begin to receive more emphasis. Educators monitor learners’ progress by watching them copy the writing.
 

Small-group sessions, conducted at chairs and tables, enable close observation of handwriting movements and provide optimal conditions for learners to write.

 

Language experience is an ideal context for the teaching of:

    • letter names, the sounds they can represent and
      their correct formation—starting points, direction,
      finishing points and number of strokes
    • key concepts such as words, sentences, spaces,
      lines and the head, body and tail (of letters)
    • pencil grip
    •  paper placement and hand, arm and
      sitting positions.

 

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