The neighbourhood and beyond

4 - 6 years
Everyday ways to help your child with literacy and numeracy
Child standing near road sign

Developed in partnership with Education Services Australia

Going out with your child is a great opportunity to practise the vocabulary and skills needed for navigating and following directions. Here are just a few ideas:

  • point out signs and help your child read them – eg roads, suburbs, shops, parks
  • talk (a lot!) about left and right until your child has mastered them

    Let’s turn right into the car park.

    Is the supermarket on the left or the right?
  • describe where things are

    The park is next to the school.

    The fruit shop is opposite the bakery.
  • challenge your child to follow a set of directions through a playground or similar space.

    Climb over the monkey bars, crawl through the tunnel, run around the pole, and finish at the slide.



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Last modified
7 April 2020