What is Literacy?

Literacy is the ability to read, view, write, design, speak and listen in a way that allows us to communicate effectively and to make sense of the world. - Department of Education, Queensland

Literacy is vital to understanding the world around us and allows us to make sense of a range of written, visual and audible sources – such as books, magazines, newspapers, timetables, DVDs, radio programmes, signs, maps, conversations and instructions.

Ways to support literacy development:

  • Value and encourage your child’s efforts
  • Share your knowledge and explain how you use literacy in your everyday life
  • Encourage your child to read and view a variety of texts such as newspapers, novels, comics, magazines, websites, emails, timetables, instructions and recipes.
  • Encourage your child to write and design for a variety of purposes – invitations, thank you notes, shopping lists, texts, messages, journals and slide shows.
  • Encourage your child to speak and listen – share a joke, give instructions, ask for information
  • Share the love of a language
  • Discuss how texts look different depending on purpose – text messages use different spellings to school homework for example
  • Talk about things you have read
  • Discuss favourite authors, producers, directors, illustrators
  • Discuss new  and unusual words or phrases
  • Play games that develop knowledge and enjoyment of words
  • Make use of community resources for information, local and school libraries, clubs, community groups and websites.