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8 - 10 years
Everyday ways to help your child with literacy and numeracy
Mother and son reading map

Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia

Going on a trip with your child? Asking your child to help with navigation is a great way to get some literacy and numeracy practice into your journey, no matter whether you're going for 2 hours or 2 days. For example, ask your child to:

  • read signs, including those that use pictures or symbols
    It's 10am on a Sunday. Can you read the parking sign and work out if we are allowed to park here?
    Look at all the pictures about what you can and can't do on the tram. Do you think everyone understands the symbols? How would you improve them?
  • listen for information on public announcements
    Here's our flight number. Could you listen for when they announce our boarding time?
    Do you think a visitor would understand 'disembark through the left hand side doors'? How could they make it easier for everyone to understand? 
  • read maps, find locations and work out how to get there
    I'm happy to go to the icrecreamery if you look at the shopping centre map and get us there!
    We want to get off at the stop next to the botanic gardens. Can you find it on the bus map? How many stops is it from here?
  • look up schedules and calculate times.
    Here's the train timetable. If it takes 23 minutes from our station to the theatre, and we want to arrive before 6.30, what time do we need to be at the station?



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Last modified
7 April 2020