Helping your child with literacy and numeracy at home

These resources have been created for parents, carers and families of children in the early years of school. The activities support the important learning that happens at home. They are designed for you to have fun with your child and to help them have a great start at school.


You can download the booklet to print or listen to an audiobook reading. Accompanying videos explain some of the concepts in the booklet.

The resource has also been translated into 35 languages.

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Image: 'Helping your child with literacy and numeracy at home' booklet

Ten frame

The ten frame supports your child to make connections between counting, adding and subtracting.

The use of the objects in the frame visually helps your child with:

  • developing counting skills
  • quick recall of patterns to a number
  • a strong understanding of the numbers to ten.
Image: Examples of using a ten frame

Use objects in the squares to create games around counting, adding and subtracting to 10. The objects can be arranged in different ways to represent different numbers.

You can use any small objects, such as pebbles or building blocks


Listen to a reading of the book (first edition)

Note: This video is not subtitled. Read along using the PDF of the first edition.

Supporting videos

Helping your child with literacy at home
Helping your child with literacy at home

Narrator: Literacy. Literacy is the ability to listen, speak, read, write and spell.

Speaking and listening. Speaking and listening skills build the foundation for your child’s learning at school.

These skills help a child to be able to talk with others, create friendships, and actively participate in all activities at school.

Reading with your child. Children learn from being read to, reading with others and reading to themselves. Have fun reading together every day. Talk about stories, the language used, words in the story as well as the sounds of letters in words. Read books in your home language.

Parent: Do you know what we could make it big to if we change the Pp for the Gg.

Narrator: Drawing and writing with your child. Encourage your child to draw and write about interesting things. Make it fun, ask your child to talk about their drawings and writing. Be interested in their stories and how they have chosen to draw or write them.

Child: Turned greener and greener and greener.

Narrator: For further information, visit

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Helping your child with numeracy at home
Helping your child with numeracy at home

Narrator: Numeracy. Numbers and counting. Counting includes saying and recalling numbers in the correct order, matching number words to objects. Knowing the last number said represents the total number of objects they counted. Use dice that have numbers and dots to help your child recognise numbers and amounts. Ask your child how many dots are on the dice.

Adding and subtracting. Young children need to develop a sense of addition and subtraction. This includes combining two or more objects and by removing and separating objects.

Identifying and creating patterns. A pattern is a repeated set. It can be made from shapes, sounds, numbers or objects. Children can learn to recognise, identify, create, copy and continue patterns through daily activities.

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