Talking, Reading and Writing tips
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Celebrating Talk


At Magdalen Gates Preschool we have a strong focus on nurturing speech and language development with the children who attend our sessions. We offer play activities to encourage listening skills, understanding, interaction and talking which are all important for developing communication skills.


We also extend this to include sessions for parents, carers and younger siblings. Please see our Parent Partnerships page for more details.

Find out more

Links to websites with communication based resources that you may wish to use at home:

The Communication Trust >


Just One Norfolk >

The Book Trust >

It's All About Stories >

Get ready for

reading and writing...


Help your child to get ready for reading and writing through play...

At preschool age we need to help our children to get ready for reading and writing by building some basic skills - using their big muscles (arms and legs), using their small muscles (hands and wrists), and building dexterity (using their hands skilfully). See the downloads for more info on how you can help.

Links to websites with resources that you may

wish to use at home:

Basic Phonics Games >

Phonics Phase 1 & 2 >

Listen to stories on cbeebies >

Listen to stories online >

Listen to letter sounds >

Therapy Street for Kids | Occupational Therapy>


Pdfs with further info about supporting

reading and writing

Building blocks of reading and writing >

Development of mark making >

Platt Writing Booklet >

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Reading tips...


Tip 1 – Talk


·Tell family stories about yourself, your child's grandparents, and other relatives.

·Talk to your child as much as possible about things you are doing and thinking.

·Ask your child to tell you about his or her day – about activities and games played.

·Sing songs and nursery rhymes, encouraging your child to join in.


Tip 2 – Make Reading Fun


·Read with drama and excitement! Use different voices for different characters in the story.

·Use your child's name instead of a character's name.

·Make puppets and use them to act out a story.

·Read stories that have repetitive parts and encourage your child to join in.

·Point to words as you read them. This will help your child make a connection between the words he or she hears you say and the words on the page.

·Read all kinds of material – stories, poems, information books, magazine and newspaper articles.

·Visit the library and borrow some books.


Tip 3 – Model


·Read recipes, food labels, schedules, maps, instructions, and brochures.

·Read traffic signs and signs in stores and restaurants.

·Look up information in cookbooks, manuals, phone books, atlases, and dictionaries.

·Read greeting cards, letters, and e-mail messages to and from relatives and friends.

Writing tips...


Tip 1 – Make it fun


·Provide opportunities to write, using a variety of materials (sand, paint, water, chalk).

·Use ribbon sticks to make large circular and

zig zag movements.

·Paint and draw on vertical surfaces.

·Sing and dance to action songs (Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes, If You’re Happy & You Know It etc).

·Go to the park and use various climbing equipment.

·Pop bubble wrap, open and zip up items such as bags and clothing, twist and open containers

with lids.

·Make playdough and practise prodding, pushing, rolling and moulding.


Tip 2 – Model


·Make sure your child sees you writing.

·Compose an email/text/letter together.

·Make words together using magnetic letters.

·Make up a story together about one of their toys. You write for them, repeating the sentences as you write. When complete they can draw pictures

to go with it.

·Buy stickers of a favourite film or TV programme – and make a book about it.

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