Friday, 25 October 2019

'Little People's Literacy Learning' - A New Resource

While this is a blog linked closely to my book 'Pedagogy & Education for Life', I thought readers might also appreciate seeing a free online resource that I co-wrote with a colleague. It was designed for a broad audience - all preschool parents and carers. It's FREE!

I co-wrote this online preschool support program for parents of children 0-4 years with Anita Ayre. It was released in 2018 but has been upgraded with 6 new modules. The Australian Literacy Educators Association has just uploaded the latest modules in this free online program. No catch, just free support and practical ideas for new parents not sure how to help their children to learn.

This support program started out with my co-author Anita Ayre preparing activities for her daughter to support her first child (i.e. Anita's grandchild). I was asked to partner with her to develop this online program for parents and grandparents. 

The resource program is available FREE via the 'Australian Literacy Educators Association' website. It is called 'Little People's Literacy Learning: A guide for engaging parents and carers'. It offers practical help for parents and carers of children aged 0-5. Did I say that it's FREE. No catches. You don't need to be a member of ALEA to access the resource. It is open to all.

The guide was launched in 2018 for parents and carers and comes with hundreds of activities that you can enjoy with your child. Initially, there were 17 units. Now it has grown to 27 with new modules on 'Maths', 'Maths Language', 'Technology Use', 'Measurement', 'Space' and 'Pattern' just released. The modules will help parents to use simple activities as part of life. Some are incidental and others have some limited planning required. But all you need to know is explained in the modules. All activities are designed with an emphasis on learning through collaborative play and shared discovery. Why are so many of the recent modules related to maths? Because language and literacy have many important relationships to these topics.