About the Week
National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) is an annual event celebrating the importance of literacy and numeracy to future learning, life participation and work opportunities. Getting involved in NLNW is a great way for parents, schools and the community to help kids develop their literacy and numeracy skills.
Digital Literacy is being introduced this year as part of the week to raise awareness of the importance of digital literacy as one of the foundation skills for the workforce in the 21st Century.
You can make a difference
Parents and carers can have a big impact on their children’s education. By providing learning opportunities and support at home you can help encourage literacy and numeracy learning from an early age right through to high school. Check out the Top Literacy and Numeracy Tips for Parents.
Taking part in National Literacy and Numeracy Week’s activities is another great opportunity to show your interest and share the love of learning with your child.
How you can get involved
You can join with your children and their school friends and teachers to participate in activities throughout National Literacy and Numeracy Week. You could read the 2016 Read for Australia book, My Two Blankets, at home, or volunteer to ‘Read Aloud’ at a school. Ask your child’s teacher or their school to see which activities parents and carers are invited to during the week.
Look in the literacy, numeracy and digital literacy sections on this website to find out about the activities your child may be participating in. Keep an eye out to see if your children come home with a poem in their pocket or some maths magic. Below are some ideas for literacy and numeracy activities you can do with your child at home.
i Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, 2012 Parental engagement in learning and schooling: Lessons from research, Family-School and Community Partnerships Bureau, p8.
Top Literacy and Numeracy Tips for parents
- Top Literacy and Numeracy Tips for parents – Early Years (DOCX 347KB)
- Top Literacy and Numeracy Tips for parents – Early Years (PDF 388KB)
- Top Literacy and Numeracy Tips for parents - Primary School (DOCX 350KB)
- Top Literacy and Numeracy Tips for parents – Primary Schools (PDF 370KB)
- Top Literacy and Numeracy Tips for parents – High School (DOCX 350KB)
- Top Literacy and Numeracy Tips for parents – High School (PDF 369KB)
New Learning Potential App
Try downloading the new Learning Potential app – it’s packed with helpful tips and inspiring ways you can be more involved in your child’s learning, from the highchair to high school.
Learning Potential is free. So, download the app now! www.learningpotential.gov.au