The parent materials below include a range of brochures, audio files, videos and resources that provide information about helping your child with literacy. Some of the materials provide information for parents about specific things such as, how to help your child with spelling, whilst others provide more general information about literacy.
Below you will find a range of brochures. Click on the relevant icon to view or download the brochure.
Click on the icon below to listen to any of the audiofiles.
A series of Audiofiles is available to listen to from the National Literacy and Numeracy week website:
Literacy and numeracy tips for parents: These audio files are intended for busy parents who would like some ideas about developing their children’s literacy and numeracy skills. The tips are grouped:
- Kindergarten-Year 2
- Years 3-4
- Middle Years 5-8
Click on the relevant icon to view the video
NOW literacies - everyday classrooms reading, viewing and creating multimodal texts - Dr Jon Callow (University of Sydney) - for teachers and parents
Callow explores how visual and multimodal texts can inform classroom teaching and discusses how teachers need to effectively integrate technology into their literacy classrooms using a variety of pedagogically sound teaching strategies and approaches. (12 mins)
Children's literature - Dr Alyson Simpson (University of Sydney) - for teachers and parents
To develop literary consciousness as well as good spelling, fluency and comprehension, Simpson believes that strategies like modelled, shared and silent reading allow time to for students to engage with books for pleasure as well as learning. She sees that teaching reading is important through all grades and that, to achieve all literacy goals, teachers need to actively lead children to read a wide range of texts and respond in different ways. (19 mins)
Talk Around Text - Professor Peter Freebody (University of Sydney) - for teachers and parents
Freebody discusses ideas about the impact that parents and teachers can have when talking in depth with children about texts. He shows how simple answers do not develop the understanding that is needed to keep pace with what is occurring in today’s classrooms. (11 mins)
Parent Education and Literacy - Dr Kaye Lowe (University of Canberra) for teachers and parents
Lowe recognises the impact that parents have on their childrenâ€™s literacy learning and stresses the need for effective parent programs to be developed to support their important role. She offers a series of strategies that parents can use at home. (13 mins)
Supporting Young Children's Literacy development - Dr Scott Paris (National Institute of Education, Singapore) - for teachers and parents
Paris shares rich insights into how literacy teachers and parents can support young learners, particularly in the important aspect of comprehension.
Accompanying this video is a short interview wherein Paris discusses such things as comprehension, reading assessment and ways to encourage children to read. (7 mins)
What is Naplan?- Kate O'Donnell - for parents
O'Donnell informs parents what the NAPLAN assessment is; helps them understand their child's results; and gives some brief advice about helping children at home. (6.5 mins)
Links to further information
See the link below to a newspaper article about early literacy learning:
‘Your child’s learning starts early’, Louise Turk, Illawarra Mercury, August 2010.