Ideas for helping prepare your child for school:
Teach them the alphabet, both lower case and upper case (but remember lower case letters are used most often when writing).
Immerse them in fun activities and experiences which encourage discussion and help extend their vocabulary. The activity could be as simple as planting seeds, making pikelets or visiting a pet shop. It is the language and learning that come from the experience that counts.
Get them to illustrate their experiences through drawing and painting.
Play board and card games with them that teach them to take turns and follow instructions.
Make sure they can do practical things like undo and do up their clothing and open their lunchbox on their own.
Play bingo to practise and reinforce numbers, letters and colour recognition. You can buy these, print them off the net or make them yourself easily.