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Reading                                       

  • Read aloud to them. Whatever their age, whatever you read, reading aloud has been proven to engage children with reading.
  • Have books in the home. Young people who have books of their own are twice as likely to enjoy reading as those who don’t own books.
  • Introduce your child to a wide variety of books. Books come in all shapes and sizes – squashy books, books which make noises, ‘touchy feely’ books.
  • Reading the same book over and over again is great too- this builds their confidence. Repeated phrases helps build children’s language and you know they are enjoying the experience.

Sam the Story Tram – Top 5 Tips

Singing

  • Listen to music together – in the car and at home
  • Singing songs and nursery rhymes to babies helps to develop language – use actions and puppets and toys to make it even more fun!
  • Make some noise together- animal sounds, musical sounds- loud, soft, fast and slow.
  • Pause and wait for your child to sing key words in a song they know well.
  • Check out a local Parent Child Mother Goose program together.
  • The Hanen Centre’s guide to singing with toddlers.
  • Download the Baby Karaoke App below and enjoy singing well-known nursery rhymes together.

Talking

  • Babies love to listen to the sound of your voice, so talk about what you are doing as you go about your everyday jobs. To learn language, babies need to hear thousands of words each day. Repeating words and phrases is good too. The more words learnt as babies and toddlers, the more learning will be easier once they get to school.
  • It’s never too early to start sharing stories. Point out the pictures and encourage your baby to babble.
  • Choose books that feature familiar objects to name.
  • Encourage your child to join in or finish phrases with stories they know well.
  • Point out signs and words all around you: on food packets in the supermarket, on buses, in newspapers, in recipes, on road signs, etc.
  • Play games like ‘I spy’.
  • Go for a walk and talk about what you see together.

Playing

  • Add props or puppets to your reading of a picture book.
  • Babies love to watch and copy your face – smile, talk, sing, make a funny face.
  • Play ‘Peekaboo’.
  • Use simple and safe home objects to create play experiences.
  • Talk about what your child is doing as you play together.
  • Join a local playgroup session.
  • Find a playgroup near you – Playgroups Victoria

Multicultural Language Resources

Multicultural families may wish to keep their young children connected to their home language and cultural identity while learning a new language. Please refer to the following resources as a guide.

Activities and resources to do at home with children

Activities and resources to help support children at home during coronavirus.

  • Goldfields Library – library storytellers are regularly recording storytime sessions so children can read, sing and dance along to books, songs and rhymes online storytime sessions at home.
  • Library In Your Loungeroom – provides a range of educational, entertaining and informative resources that are free and easily accessible from home. 
  • Staycation Kit – 10 simple ways you can talk, read, sing, and play your way through the day – for children aged 0-6 years of age.
  • Free Subscription – a list of educational organisations offering free subscriptions – all ages.
  • Protecting Children During Coronavirus – resources for parents including links to comic books and colouring in sheets explaining coronavirus – all ages. 
  • Managing Coronavirus Anxiety – 10 ways to support mental health during the coronavirus – all ages.  

Useful Websites and Apps

Baby Karaoke for iOS and Android