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Articles about Literacy

Couple talking with adopted son while he plays

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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Father and son are spending time in the living room

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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Boy drawing with color pencil

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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Child sleeping

Children thrive with a regular bedtime

Research out of the United Kingdom is showing that it is not just the number of hours a child sleeps that matters, but also having consistent bedtimes. It seems that regular bedtimes really matter when it comes to a child’s health and development.

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Father and daughter filling out paperwork

Understanding left and right handedness

Left handed people often find the world is oriented toward right-handedness. Whether it's can openers, scissors, computers, or vegie peelers, there's often a right-handed bias. But what is the science and statistics behind left and right-handedness?

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