Use these activities suggested by Dawn Lim, curriculum advisor at Star Learners, to prepare your preschooler for reading and writing in Primary 1.
Use two identical sets of word cards. Your child looks for the matching “lost” word card that you have hidden around the house. In this way the child will have to practise reading the words to match them.
The who-what-when-where-why game
Choose your child’s favourite book. Create a “who”, “what”, “when”, “where” and “why” dice. After reading, have your child throw the dice. When it lands on “who”, for example, ask questions related to it, such as “Who are the characters in the story?”
Picture walk writing
Take pictures of events of an outing from the start to the end of the day. Print and paste the pictures in a scrapbook. Encourage your child to share and write about his day.
Introduce your child to various media such as books, newspapers, magazines, brochures and even signs. This helps him recognise that print exists everywhere.
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Language experiential writing
Take your child out for an experience and later, invite him to talk about and record it like a short story being retold.
Another fun idea: collate these experiential writings and convert them into an adventure booklet for your child so he can look back and reflect on what he has gone through.
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Add or substitute an element in a story your child has read. For example, substitute bears in Goldilocks and the Three Bears with mice.
Play with alliteration
Invite your child to create short sentences or stories with alliteration, using the same letters throughout a sentence, such as Larry’s lizard likes leaping leopards.