Hi There!

I’m Tess, prep teacher and Melbourne mum. Your little one starting school is such a special time in your family’s life, and I am thrilled to be part of it. As a prep teacher for almost 10 years, I created these activities as stepping stones over the gap between pre-school and starting school.

The Get School-Ready Ultimate Pack is designed to build confidence and independence in your school starter. It focuses on the social, emotional and practical side of school readiness using fun, sensory activities that reflect what your child will be doing in their first year of school.

Each activity can be enjoyed endless times in multiple ways! This guide gives you suggestions for getting the most out of each activity. Remember to take cues from your child and what sparks their interest. That’s how your child will learn best.

Enjoy every moment with your little one and the countdown to big school!

Tess xx

My Little Fine Motor Bag

Handfuls of fine motor goodness in one little bag! Each carefully considered piece has a purpose in building strong fine motor skills in your child’s hands and fingers while developing their hand and eye coordination. Strong fine motor skills and strong muscles in their hands and fingers is essential for children learning to correctly write letters and numbers. It’s also vital for cutting, gluing, opening, closing, threading, tying and a whole lot of tasks that help your little one’s independence.

Playdough

Another sensory way to strengthen those muscles on your little one’s hands and fingers is playdough! Encourage your child to roll, pinch, press, squash, twist, mould and pattern the playdough to get those muscles nice and strong. Playdough is also perfect for your little one’s imagination.

Fun Name Tracing Pages

On the first day of school, children will find their name stuck on things like their bag rack, supplies tub and their chair. It’s very exciting for little ones to be able to recognise their name in all these places! What’s even better is when they can write their name! It’s such a wonderful and precious moment when your child writes their name for the very first time. It is their name that they will be writing for the rest of their lives!

A great place to start is using the large page and materials in the fine motor bag and follow the correct sequence to form each letter. Use the playdough to roll, pinch and create their name. The trace and write page is perfect for encouraging your child to trace and independently write their name using the whiteboard marker. As your child is working on these activities, discuss with them the name of each letter, the sounds the letter makes and words that start with that letter.