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Preparing For School!

Help your child make that successful start at school and really enjoy their learning! Get involved in Early Childhood Education! Going to pre-school, kindergarten, day-care, Playcentre or kohanga reo, for example, is a wonderful way for children to begin their journey of learning.

Visit the Junior Team blogs and see what is happening in the classroom!


See our Enrolment webpage for information about enrolling at school and before-school visits.


Have a look at our Teaching & Learning section for full information about what to expect at Halcombe School and how you can help at home!


Our new entrant teachers have put together their "wish list" of skills that young children should have to make a successful start at school:

Your child should be able to:
do up their shoes
go to the toilet and wash their hands
blow their nose
recognise when they are thirsty and get a drink of water
ask for things they need.


You can help by encouraging children to:
sit on a chair at a table for short periods of time to complete an activity
ask for things they need
be comfortable being away from you
knows how to take turns, or is able to wait for things.

It is helpful if your child has learned the names of colours, the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 1-9, and to write their name.

Read to your child as much as possible. Encourage your child to pick the books. Find a quiet place and time and enjoy the time together! Talk about the book give information, ask questions and discuss the pictures. Use expression and different voices. As the child gets to know the book encourage them to joining in on parts they know. They may like to read the same books over and over - that's OK! Children should know "how books work" - can identify the front and back of book, the title, pictures & text, where to start & "directionality". They should know what a "letter" and a "word" is. It's great if they can identify some letters and know the sounds. They should recognise some high frequency words (I, was, went, to, the, etc) and recognise their name.
What you can do:
Have a encouraging attitude towards reading
Read yourself
Read to them
Go to the library
Tell your child stories

Writing - your child should know:
How to hold a pen
The alphabet names and sounds of letters
Forming some letters correctly
How to write their name
How to write some high frequency words
What you can do:
Label things in your house
Draw pictures
Write stories, notes, cards, lists, emails etc together.

Miss Kirsten Main
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