While improv comedy in the classroom might nurture your child’s stage talent, it’s also a highly effective way of teaching literacy. Pictured here, La Ligue d'Improvisation Montréalaise.
In the elementary classroom, improv can nurture a collaborative and creative climate in which even reticent kids want to participate.
More than half of children under two and nearly half of children aged three to five are not being read to every day at home.
Amid concerns about Australia’s position in international literacy rankings, parents are an untapped resource for improving literacy.
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The confidence to navigate between cultures and languages is essential in the world today. Start the education this holiday, with adventure stories from Guam to the North Pole.
NAPLAN results should also be considered in relation to other standardised assessments, which do not always tell the same story.
The results are in, and student achievement on NAPLAN has plateaued in literacy and numeracy, with some areas of improvement.
Despite improvements in the national average score, the 2016 PIRLS report confirms many Australian children continue to be left behind.
The results of an international study into reading skills offer reason for optimism for Australian students. But tragically, too many children are still being left behind.
After 10 years of minimal breakthroughs, NAPLAN doesn’t seem to be going anywhere but online.
NAPLAN is great at tracking changes over time and between demographics, but not so great at measuring what factors effect change, engagement or creativity.
Research in England has found that the proposed test was no more accurate than the teacher’s judgement in identifying children with reading difficulties.
Education Minister Simon Birmingham is right to be concerned about the number of children struggling with literacy - but this test is not the solution.
It appears that whatever factors are constraining genetic potential among less well-off students in the US do not exert a similar influence in Australia.
In the US, differences in school results among poorer children depend more on environment than genes. In Australia, the story is different.
School children read books at Palipis beach in Mandar, West Sulawesi.
The books were brought by library boat.
Pattingalloang, which was part of a network of moving libraries called Pustaka Bergerak.
Indonesian politicians and public figures say Indonesians have a low interest in reading. But people in disadvantaged areas defy this perception; they always welcome new books with joy.
Though challenges like dyslexia can make learning difficult, these disabilities shouldn’t define who you are – or what you can do.
The story of a six-year-old boy with dyslexia who, with support from friends and teachers, became a successful professor. Now he teaches teachers how to help children like him.
Children benefit from previous understanding of spoken words before reading them.
Eye-tracking research reveals that children are likely to read new words faster and easier if they have heard the words before.
Ask your child what their toys did while they were out today or invite them to help you read the mail.
Supporting early childhood literacy is not just about reading to your child. Research has found there are many and varied ways to increase literacy in early learning.
Indigenous children can benefit greatly from learning in a language they understand.
Research shows many concepts are best learned in the language that the learner understands.
Singing helps us remember information.
Because of the way our brains work, we can remember songs and rhymes much more easily than just words or letters. The ABC song teaches kids the basics of the English language.
In some Aboriginal communities, over 50% of adults say they do not have the literacy they need for everyday tasks.
Literacy for Life Foundation/Adam Sharman
The children who are least likely to attend school regularly – and do well – grow up in households where the adults themselves have very poor literacy skills.
Northern Territory has the highest proportion of Indigenous school students.
Indigenous students who graduate from university have slightly higher full-time employment prospects than their non-Indigenous peers.
Learning to read is not actually that easy.
We are not hard-wired to read. It has taken thousands of years of practice to forge connections in our brains to help us do this.
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Poor literacy impacts a child's life chances – but there may be a rather colourful solution.
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Pencil by default: the digital skills demanded by the welfare system may baffle Daniel Blake, but he is resourceful, creative and willing to work.