Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia
Involving your child in taking care of a pet can be a lovely way to develop your child's sense of responsibility. To nurture their literacy and numeracy skills at the same time, make sure to:
- use rich language when talking about your pet
Our spaniel has a long, wavy coat and silky brown ears.
Look how her ears are perked up, she's very keen to go on her walk!
- make comparisons
Our tortoise is darker than grandma’s, but a lot bigger.
- read and talk about what your pet needs to stay happy and healthy
- take photos of your pet and write captions to share with the family
- write a timetable of the jobs related to your pet, who does them and how often they need to be done.
If you don't have a pet, your child can still read books about pets, wild animals, and animals of the past. They're all a good source of rich language, cool comparisons, and fascinating information!