A number of resources have been created to assist you if your child is learning from home. These resources provide ideas about how to help your child get started and how you can support them to develop a reading and writing routine.
The early years are a critical time for students to develop foundational literacy skills. Children in Kindergarten to Year 2 benefit from a range of activities that support their development of language and early reading skills. The resources below offer advice to parents and a range of engaging reading and writing activities.
Does your child need some additional support for reading, writing and spelling? Here are some resources to help you:
There are many ways to encourage children in Prep to Year 2 to read and write. These resources offer some reading and writing activities that can be used for a range of texts and topics of interest to your child.
Phonics is the term used to refer to the ability to identify the relationships between letters and sounds when we are reading and spelling. While learning at home, some children may benefit from some additional practice. The following resource assists parents and carers to engage with their children while they are learning their letters and sounds.
Shared reading is the interaction that occurs between an adult and a child when reading or looking at a book. The following videos highlight how parents can help support their children who experience language difficulties with skills that are foundational to reading success. They are designed to assist parents challenge, extend, and support their children’s reading skills.
Learning to tell a good story is an important step for young children. Being able to tell a good story means children can share their experiences, their ideas and their feelings. Understanding how stories work also helps children to understand the stories they read, and helps them to write good stories. This resource, Retelling stories at home, will help you to support your child to understand the elements of good storytelling.
Daily reading at home is one of the best ways to ensure your child continues to learn. The more reading your child does, the further he or she will develop as a reader and a learner.
Children in Years 3 and 4 benefit from ongoing support with their reading at home. This video provides ideas on how to support your child to progress their reading at home.
Children in Years 3 and 4 are required to read a range of texts such as picture books, simple chapter books and poetry. The resources below offer a range of engaging reading and writing activities.
Parents and carers, this resource will help you to support your child to understand word meanings.
Understanding how morphemes work is important for decoding and spelling. Morphemes, or root words, prefixes and suffixes, help us to decode words because morphemes are usually spelled the same way and they always have the same meaning. Building our understanding of morphemes allows us to make meaning of words we hear and words we read, and helps us to grow our vocabulary.
These resources explain to parents how they can help their child to read longer words. Longer words are multisyllabic, which means they have two or more syllables.
Children in Years 5 and 6 are becoming more independent but may still require support with their reading of a range of texts. This video provides ideas on how to support your child to progress their reading at home.
Children in Years 5 and 6 are required to read a range of texts including junior and early adolescent novels, plays and poetry. The resources below offer a range of engaging reading and writing activities.
Children in junior secondary are learners that are more independent but may still require support with reading and writing a range of texts, across several learning areas. The resources below provide advice on how to support your child’s reading and writing at home.
The Language and Literacy team offers a Reading and Writing Disorders Advisory Service connecting school leaders, educators, parents and caregivers with expert advice, information and support. The advisory service draws on contemporary research and methodologies in the prevention, identification and intervention for children and adolescents with reading difficulties and disorders, with a focus on dyslexia and language disorder.
The advisory service can be accessed Monday to Friday, 8.30am–4.30pm.
Phone: (07) 3328 6950