Prep School Literacy

Prep School Literacy Program

readingOur very successful program is taught by an experienced primary school teacher with over 15 years experience and has proven very successful!

Our Prep School Program  is a skills-based, early literacy preparation program for preschool children in the year before school. It is designed to complement a play-based learning environment and provides children with a sound foundation for learning to read.

Key benefits

  • Evidence-based, best practice program for preschool children in their year before formal schooling
  • Appropriate for all children regardless of skill level
  • Comprehensive training for all educators, equipping educators with the skills they need to prepare children for reading at school

Key features

The program is systematic, skills-based and taught in a hierarchical sequence and designed to complement a play-based learning environment.

There are two main components:

  • Phonological awareness
  • Oral language development through Structured Book Reading

Our role as educators in helping your child achieve these milestones!

12-24 Months

  • Encourage self-help skills (e.g. feeding and playing alongside others)
  • Developing listening skills
  • Encouraging language development (e.g. naming common objects such as animals)
  • Exploring music and art and craft
  • Begin to label colours and shapes
  • Using manners
  • Encouraging washing hands and faces
  • Following basic instructions
  • Follow a positive routine
  • Respond and interacting positively with peers
  • Separates positively from parents

The Toddlers day is designed with each child’s growing knowledge and competencies in mind, and therefore there is a balance of experiences provided which are both teacher and child initiated.

Developmental Goals and Objectives

2 – 2 1/2 Years

  • Encourage positive social interactions
  • Recognition of shapes and colours
  • Counting 1-5
  • Using manners
  • Using language to communicate their needs/wants
  • Naming common objects
  • Pronunciation of words
  • Gross motor confidence
  • Concentration skills (15 minutes)
  • Working alongside others
  • Interactions in small groups
  • Following instructions
  • Self-help skills

2 1/2 – 3 years

  • Naming colours and shapes
  • Counting 1-10
  • Using scissors correctly
  • Working on correct pencil grip
  • Answering questions at small group times
  • Identifying their name
  • Self-help skills (e.g. putting shoes on)
  • Develop their listening and comprehension skills
  • Understanding and following routines
  • Encourage questions about the world around them
  • Speak in small group situations
  • Begin problem solving skills

The Preschool Rooms are designed with the children’s growing age and experiences in mind. As your child recognises more at this age and usually curious about different subjects, the rooms are catering for this inquisitive phase.

Developmental Goals and Objectives

3-4 years

  • Encourage positive social interactions
  • Recognition of all shapes and colours
  • Control with scissors
  • Correct pencil grip and control
  • Regular counting 1-10
  • Recognising numbers 1-5
  • Recognising their name in typed style
  • Concentration skills for 15 minute activities
  • Develop listening and comprehension skills
  • Recognition of numbers and letters and knowing the difference
  • Understanding of the greater world, including looking at other countries, cultures and languages
  • Preliminary mathematical concepts
  • Learn skills to show empathy towards others
  • Hygienically self-toileting
  • Encouraging children to question the world around them (science experiments, gardening, cooking etc.)
  • Taking turns and sharing

4-5 years

  • With the Pre Lit Program taught by qualified trained teachers, children learn to read, write and spell
  • Name the letters of the alphabet
  • Form the lower case letters of the alphabet
  • Know the phonic sounds of at least the letters in their name
  • Be able to accurately form their name without assistance
  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Recognise numbers 1-10
  • Write the numbers 1-10
  • Match the number of objects to the written number
  • Confidently speak in front of a group of their peers
  • Interact positively with their peers and teachers when giving and receiving information
  • Follow simple instructions

pre numeracy skills abacusChildren learn important math skills through their play and routines, and need to experience a lot of doing and saying, using concrete materials that they can manipulate to learn math in the early years.

Young children develop early math skills in a variety of areas, including problem solving and reasoning, number concepts, geometry and spatial sense, measurement, and patterns & relationships.

When children learn basic math concepts early on, they generally have more positive attitudes and way more confidence with mathematics later in school. Since problem solving is key to being able to do all other aspects of mathematics, we need to be sure to provide plenty of opportunities for problem solving, and not be too quick to help when they can figure things out for themselves.


At Love of Learning Our Maths Program Includes:

  • Counting
  • One-on-one correspondence
  • How many?
  • More / less
  • Rank order – (first, second, third)
  • Recognising numerals
  • Grouping
  • Fractions as part of the whole (half, one-fourth)
  • Sorting by shapes, colour, toys,

  • Using measuring scoops for cooking
  • Measuring water or rice into funnels to fit into containers
  • Measuring soil for seeds
  • Colour and number recognition
  • Recognise numbers on objects like clocks or remote controls
  • Decide how many slices of fruit they’d like
  • Reading stories with numbers
  • Singing number songs and rhymes