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Articles about Literacy

Teacher reading a educational book to her female student

Focusing on the strengths of your child

Everyone learns in their own way. We used to talk about "learning styles" and that children fell into categories. Now educators and child development researchers focus on the whole child and use multiple modalities and a strengths-based approach.

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Starting school: How can parents help?

As one of life’s big transitions, starting school can be an exciting and sometimes challenging time. How can you support your child to develop the skills they will need to start school and ensure they are socially and emotionally ready for this change.

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Helping children build language skills

David Loyst has been studying and teaching about parenting for over 30 years as a speech language pathologist, autism consultant, and parent coach. He says it helps to think not just about language development, but ‘expressive’ language development.

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Let’s chat! Conversations with infants

While babies are born with an innate ability to tune into language, their language development is shaped by the kinds of interactions they experience from birth. Professor of Early Childhood Sheila Degotardi looks at the importance of conversation.

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Conversation skills: Teaching preschoolers

While conversing as adults can seem natural, for a preschool child, communicating ideas and knowing the rules of conversation is a new skill. Associate Professor Tricia Eadie explains that conversation underpins key social skills such as playing.

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Children learning words

Using brain science to build potential

Many parents understand that robust vocabulary in a child can have advantages such as helping children create a solid foundation for school, but research also reminds us that early language environment impacts on more than just a child’s vocabulary.

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The importance of drawing to writing

Learning about writing starts long before children start school. They start with talking and drawing and Dr Noella Mackenzie believes if we value these two modes of communication, we can build on both of these skills in the valuable preschool years.

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Little boy playing with a mathematics wooden toy

A parent's role in literacy and numeracy

Most parents realise that play is an important part of a child’s life. A Macquarie University study reveals that watching their parents can impact the games children play and by demonstrating literacy and numeracy actually influence spontaneous play.

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