Supporting their learning at home

There are many ways you can help your little learner build on what they are doing at school.

Support and encourage them by making learning a part of everyday life.

Some ideas include:


  • Read to them every day. You can take turns reading one page each.
  • Visit the library together and help them choose books to share.
  • Help them write, email or text family and friends.
  • Read different material - bus timetables, maps and recipes.
  • Talk about interesting words and look up the meaning of words in the dictionary.
  • Discuss things you see when travelling together - signs, cars, buildings and people.
  • Make a game of it by playing ``I Spy''.
  • Encourage them to write shopping lists, birthday cards, and thankyou notes.
  • Encourage them to read alone; you could let them choose between reading or sleeping for the first 30 minutes of bedtime.
  • Put magnetic letters on the fridge and ask them to make different words with them.
  • Show your child that reading is fun by reading for pleasure yourself - magazines, books and newspapers.


  • Try making up different types of patterns by drumming, clapping, stamping, dancing or drawing.
  • Have them compare the price of products while out shopping; ask them to ``pick five apples'', ``get a 500g bag of muesli'' or ``half a litre of milk''.
  • Help them practise their times tables or counting forward and backwards to ten or 100.
  • Get them in the kitchen - weighing, measuring, checking the temperature, and timing while baking or helping cook dinner.
  • Ask them to figure out how much change you'll get back from a purchase.
  • Make up stories with numbers such as ``we have four fish and two cats: we have six pets''.
  • Tell the time to and with them - six o'clock, half past, quarter to.
  • Look at junk mail and ask them what they would buy if they had $10 or $100 to spend.
  • Make paper darts of different weights and designs to see which flies the best.
  • Help them learn to estimate things, like how tall they are, how much their bag weighs, or how long it will take to travel to their friend's house.