Activities to promote literacy and numeracy
- Read and share a range of books and other texts with children
- Provide a literacy-enriched environment including display print in home languages and Standard Australian English
- Incorporate familiar family and community texts and tell stories
- Engage children in discussions about books and other texts that promote consideration of diverse perspectives.
Verbally and non-verbally
- Mimic and respond to babies’ sound to encourage them to communicate
- Listen to and respond to children’s attempts at new words
- Engage in sustained communication with children about ideas and experiences, and extend their vocabulary
- Include real-life resources to promote children’s use of mathematical language
- Create stories with children using artistic methods such as painting or drawing or using songs or plays.
- Provide resources that encourage children to experiment with images and print
- Join in children’s play and co-construct materials such as signs that extend the play and enhance literacy learning.
- Provide children with access to a range of technologies
- Try creating a digital story with the children
- Teach skills and techniques and encourage children to use technologies to explore new information and represent their ideas
- Encourage collaborative learning about and through technologies between children, and children and educators.
With patterns and symbols
- Show children patterns in their environment and talk about how they are used, including the relationship between letters and sounds
- Provide children with access to a wide range of everyday materials that they can use to create patterns and to sort, categorise, order and compare
- Engage children in discussions about symbol systems, for example, letters, numbers, time, money and musical notation
- Encourage children to develop their own symbol systems and provide them with opportunities to explore a range of symbol systems.
See also: National Literacy and Numeracy Week