Literacy Parent Information



This is a short piece from the DVD "The Four Helps" a DVD developed by two teachers from Australia, with parents in mind. Research indicates that children who read with trained parents will far out perform readers who do not receive effective parent help. The DVD provides answers to the most commonly asked questions relating to home reading with children. Using the same strategies taught at school, this resource provides vital information and guidance when reading at home with your child.

The DVD was given the rating "Highly Recommended" by the Department of Education, Training and The Arts. 
This DVD features
*Simple yet powerful instruction on supporting children as they read
*Parent friendly language
*Plenty of modelled examples
*Advice that supports the work of your school
*Short, easy to watch segments
*Opportunity to review instructions as often as you like 
*Advice for parents of reluctant readers.

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Literacy learning at Killara


Helping at Home with Reading

Read Together

Reading to children, even for a few minutes each day, prepares them to read and encourages a positive attitude toward reading. Children who are read to at home learn to read more easily, have a higher vocabulary, and are more likely to develop a love for reading than those who are not read to on a regular basis. Simply put, this cannot be done too early or too often.

Story-telling is a great way to extend your child’s language and listening skills, as well as expanding their imagination. Either you can tell the story, or encourage your child to tell the story.
Story-telling might be about:
  • A favourite character from a book or television program.
  • Another family member.
  • Your child’s favourite toy.
Here are some tips to start your storytelling:
  • Make it exciting, with different voices, puppets, props or a finger play.
  • Start with what interests your child.
  • Create a character and setting.

Helping at Home with Writing

Writing Ideas

Use your child’s experiences to create links between talking, writing and reading. Here are some steps to follow:

  • Ask your child to talk about an experience or something that interests them.

  • Ask your child what part of the conversation they would like you to write.

  • As your child is talking write down their ideas. Use the child’s language.

  • Ask your child to read back the writing.

  • Your child may want to draw a picture or create something to match the writing.