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Literacy Hints

How can I encourage my child to write?

  • Read your child's writing or have him or her read the writing to you and commend the positive aspects, for example, "I really like the way you've described this."
  • Praise your child for having a go at writing words that are new and explain how to spell words which are causing difficulty.
  • Talk to your child about why an author or film maker might create a book, play or film in a particular way. What points of view are presented? What is the author's purpose?
  • Read and talk about the writing that your child brings home from school.
  • Praise your child for using neat and legible handwriting.
  • In order to develop spelling and vocabulary, play word games such as I Spy, Scrabble, Scattergories and crosswords.

How can I help with writing at home?

  • Have your child label things that he or she designs or makes.
  • Compile a photo album or scrapbook with your child and have him or her write captions for the photos and pictures, or encourage your child to keep a diary of special events, e.g. a holiday diary.
  • Make the writing of notes, letters and stories a normal part of family life.
  • Involve your child in helping to complete forms, such as insurance and Medicare claims.


  • Teaching Comprehension Skills  The key skills identified in this article will help your child to answer a wider range of comprehension questions.
  • Phonics  This article shows ways in which you can help your child through letters and sound with phonics, which will help your child to connect phonics and phonemic awareness when they read and spell.
  • Reading at Home  This article has some handy hints on how to read at home to your child to help your child with reading.
  • Writing:
  • Encouraging Writing  Lists a variety of ways that you can encourage your child to write.
  • Spelling  Handy hints on how to get your child to become a good speller.

Speaking and Listening: