National Literacy and Numeracy Week

This year, National Literacy and Numeracy Week will be held from 31 August – 6 September 2015. This is a special week to celebrate the importance of both literacy and numeracy and acknowledge the achievements of students and the work of teachers, parents and members of the community who support young people to develop stronger literacy and numeracy skills.

This year National Literacy and Numeracy Week is encouraging parents and carers to get involved and engage with kids to improve literacy and numeracy learning.

Here is a range of activities to help you celebrate this National Literacy and Numeracy Week:

  • Do you remember any of these being read to you as a child? The Three Little Pigs, The Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Bill Goats Gruff, Jack and the Beanstalk or maybe even the Bremen’s Town Musicians? Why not read one of these to your child and relive your childhood memories.
  • Do your children love pancakes for breakfast? Why not ask them to write down the shopping list and the recipe to make these Alphabet Pikelets? http://bit.ly/1Vg6Ay8 . This is a great way to get them to practice their handwriting, spelling and reading, whilst measuring the ingredients and even calculating the prices of the items will help them develop their numeracy skills.
  • Set up a shop at home or in the classroom with the Calculator Cash Register and Pretend Money to help children understand and handle money. Or just turn off the TV and get the board games out such as the Australian Money Bags Game to improve coin recognition, addition, subtraction and equivalency skills whilst game play will promote a positive attitude towards earning and saving money. One of the most valuable skills we can pass on to children is good money management.
  • Involve your students in Read for Australia on September 4.

How will you encourage your children to celebrate National Literacy and Numeracy Week in the classroom or at home? We’d love to hear all your ideas.

Written by Hristina Milenkovska

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