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How to Help Your Child Prepare for School

Your child is starting school in a year or two, and you are worried that they won’t cope.

Here are some of the basic skills you can teach your child to help them prepare for school.

  • Your child needs to be able to hold a wax crayon, pencil or felt tip pen properly. Coloring in and drawing help your child to develop the fine motor skills needed for writing.

  • Knowing the basic colors and shapes will help your child with a lot more than just those colors and shapes. Shapes are used in drawing and writing, color helps with word recognition and reading, and more. Teach your child to recognize colors and different shapes.

  • By the age of 6 your child should be able to count to twenty, and grasp the concept of the quantity of the numbers as well. Use stones, beans or blocks to illustrate what each number means in terms of quantity – this will help them grasp mathematical concepts too.

  • Teach your child the alphabet with songs, books and visual examples found around the home and their environment.

  • Your child should be able to run and jump by age 5, and by age 6 they should be balancing on one leg, hopping, skipping and catching a ball. Proficiency in these physical skills helps them to build their gross motor skills, as well as making them confident for their first PE class. 6. Teach your child a ‘can do’ attitude, both by example and by influence. Your child’s confidence in their own ability to take on new challenges and succeed rests on their belief that they can do anything they put their mind – and effort – to.

  • Offer encouragement and positive feedback wherever appropriate. Applaud your child’s efforts to learn new skills, no matter how well they do, and teach them to accept failure as a lesson to learn rather than a reason to give up.

  • Love your child. In today’s stressful, time-constrained world, we tend to forget to stop and tell our kids how much we love them. Children need to know that they are loved – no matter what. If you don’t feel you are qualified to teach your child, look online for resources to help you.

From health and fitness to counting and reading, there is a lot of help available on the internet. Worksheets can help teach your child concepts and skills, and help you to give them a strong foundation for school.

Liz Allan



"My son Blair had an exceptional start in his primary and higher education which I soundly believe was due to his preschool grounding with Liz Allan's workbooks. He has now applied at university to become a veterinary surgeon and has been accepted."
Alison Cowie
Parent - Scotland


"The author of the pre-school books has been a positive influence in the lives of numerous individuals known to me. She taught my brother, my cousins children and my own son. The children in her care seem to learn various skills, such as mathematics, spelling, reading, fine and gross motor control, and general knowledge, to name a few, at a very fast rate. The author is able to assist young children in conceptualising and integrating themes and ideas vital for later school success. She has a way of making learning a fun experience for young children. Her vast experience and in-depth knowledge of the development of young children and teaching techniques is evident in the success of the children in her care over many years. I would not hesitate to recommend her as a pre-school teacher, as well as support any educational material that she creates."
Dr Natascha Pfeifer - PSYCHOLOGIST


"I arrived at Liz's pre-school when I was only 3 years old, now being a 20 year old Student Athlete studying at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio on a full scholarship, I have to attribute my success to this fantastic lady. Not only did her workbooks provide the foundation for my education but also sculpted the person I am today both in my morals and beliefs. Her constant motivation pushed me to higher levels in my sport( represented South Africa internationally in swimming). I strongly believe that I would not be in my current position in life if it were not for me having the privilege of being mentored by this remarkable person."
Davon Peffer
Student - USA


"Travelling for 40 kilometres every day for 8 years for my children to be with Liz was well worth the effort. Both my children have excelled in academics with awards in primary school, thanks mainly to the tuition Liz provided with her comprehensive worksheets. Without their excellent start with Liz, I am sure I would not be the proud mother of such clever, happy and successful children today."
Angela Warren
Parent - South Africa
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