Getting the message

4 - 6 years
Ideas to help your child practise their literacy skills - with you, and online
Parent and child grocery shopping

Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia

The Australian Curriculum sets the goal for what all students should learn as they progress through their school life. Skills in the Foundation Year curriculum include:

  • understanding some of the different uses of language
  • reading simple texts.

It’s easy to help your child practise these skills as part of everyday life – just use these simple ideas.

Look for information

Learning to read and create effective information texts is an important skill, so give your child lots of opportunities to read examples such as magazine advertisements, school notes, party invitations and messages. Ask your child to find a specific piece of information, such as:

  • the due date for a school excursion notice
  • the price of something in a catalogue
  • the date of a concert on a flyer
  • the address of the place you are going to.

Most kids love helping adults, and won’t even see this as learning!

Go online

For online reinforcement, Who shall I give my bike to? will give your child practice at:

  • reading short texts
  • identifying key information to create a notice
  • making decisions based on information.

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Last modified
7 April 2020