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School readiness isn't about academics - handout for families

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When I ask families what comes to mind when they think about school readiness, majority of the words I hear are:

  • handwriting
  • the alphabet
  • reading
  • letters
  • numbers
  • pencil grip


I feel that our own childhood teachers and the schools that we grew up in, have made an impression on how we feel about school readiness, rather than what the research is telling us about school readiness.


To be able to successfully handwrite, learn how to read, and hold our pencil correctly, we need our brain and body to be ready for those very complex, modern skills.


These skills include:

  • Visual tracking
  • Infantile reflex integration
  • Core strength
  • Shoulder stabilisation
  • Crossing the midline
  • Bilateral coordination
  • and soooo much more....


In this handout I share some fun play activities that work on the motor skills that aim to improve a child's foundation for learning. 


Enjoy playing these activities at home or as part of your classroom. If you love these activities and want to learn more, you will enjoy my Early Childhood Physical Activity Lesson Plan ebook