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PrepSTART

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What is PrepSTART?

  • PrepSTART is an oral language and early literacy initiative centred around children's books.  
  • 1 book is covered in the classroom across a two week period.  
  • Your child will have specific lessons based around this book targeting:
    • shared reading (e.g. listening, talking and engaging in the book)

    • vocabulary (e.g. learning mature vocabulary from the book)

    • listening, hearing and manipulating sounds (e.g. what's the first sound in shoe?)

    • narrative (e.g. listening to someone retell the story, then retelling the story with help from pictures)

    • book related activities (e.g. re-enacting parts of the story)

Your child will borrow the target book for one week out of the target fortnight.

Whiteboad and chair in classroom  PrepSTART poster

Home follow up!

  • Lots of important learning happens at school, but the research tells us that home follow up is the key to success.

  • Books will be sent home on a Monday and will be required to be returned on the Thursday of the same week so another student will have the opportunity to take the book home.

  • Failure to return a book on the correct will result in another student missing out so please be mindful of this.

  • Just like any library book in our school, if you fail to return a book or return it in a poor condition, you will be responsible for replacing it.

 Stamping posterBryden's Family Tree poster

What do you do with the book?

Your child will become very familiar with the book.  Help your child by:

  • Reading the book with your child in an engaging way
    • e.g. change your voice for different characters, let them ask you questions, allow them time to talk about what they see on the pages

  • Talking about what happens in the book and link it to things that happen in your everyday life
    • e.g. "I remember one day I got lost and I had to ask the man in the shopping centre to call for my mum over the loud speaker."
  • Pointing to things you see and talk about how it links to your every day life
    • e.g. "I remember when I saw a pig when I went to a farm on my holiday.  He was very noisy.  He must have been hungry."

  • Talking about the words in the book
    • e.g. Where should I read on this page?  Do you know this letter?  This word says 'danger'.
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PrepStart , Griffith University, Queensland Government and Berrinba East State School logos
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Last reviewed 21 May 2019
Last updated 21 May 2019