Preparing your Pre-Schooler for School: Discriminating Sound

It is hugely important to prepare Pre-School aged children for Primary School. If  your child is well prepared he/she will have a less stressful transition and experience early success in school. This will in turn lead to a positive attitude towards school and much needed boost to his/her self-esteem.

Here are 2 fun, easy and free games that you can play with your child over the coming months. When September comes around you will both be glad that you did.

The game is called  “A Listening Walk”. Your child can choose between a walk in a city or a walk in the countryside. Bailey Bear hears lots of different sounds and your child must click on the image that matches the sound.

This game will train your child to tune into sounds and also to listen carefully and distinguish between sounds (General Sound Discrimination).  Bailey Bear will  challenge your child to  listen to and remember sounds (auditory memory and sequencing) in order to play.

When your sit with your child and talk about all the sounds heard you will be developing vocabulary and language comprehension skills. Discuss the sounds that you heard and the sounds of the others images shown.

Play “Which one am I” before moving on to the next part of the game. Make a sound from the image above and ask ” Am I an airplane, police car, pedestrian crossing or children playing a ball game?”. Take turn with both you and your child making the sounds.

Play “I spy” with the pictures. “I spy with my little eye something with wings. Who am I?”.

All of this will enlarge vocabulary and encourage logical thinking.

These skills important pre-cursor to phonics instruction in school. If your child cannot distinguish the difference between the sound of a motor bike and an airplane, for example, distinguishing between “p” and “d” will be a huge struggle.

Click here to play

Have fun,

Miss Mernagh 🙂

Free Irish App for you iPhone & iPad from Cúla 4

I am sure that many, many of you out there have either an iPhone, iPad or both. I recently came across a fantastic app that helps young children learn basic Irish vocabulary in a fun, cute and clear way. A big thanks to Cúla 4 for embracing apps and bringing Irish to a very tech savvy bunch of children.   I really believe that we need to embrace IT for Irish to flourish and gain popularity among school children today. There are precious few resources available online. Have you ever tried “Googling”?!  I use Powerpoint, my Promethean Whiteboard and pre-school games with the sound turned down low! All of these keep lessons dynamic, fast moving and visual. There is no need to translate when children can clearly see what you are taking about! The Cúla 4 app is free!!! It covers the following topics: An Aimsir (weather), Aimnhithe ( animals), Dathanna ( colours), Ag taisteal ( travel), Baill Corp (body parts) and a drawing page to draw/scribble your own words.

Click here to visit the apps store online

How to download:

Click on  Apps Store. Select “Education”. Select “” Top Free”. Scroll down and click on 25 more and then scroll down and click on 25 more again! It is pretty far down the list for such an amazing app! You will recognise the Cúla 4 logo featured at the top of this page. Click then press install.   Bain trial as!!! Miss Mernagh 🙂