"Regular participation in reading and writing activities plays a central role in supporting typical children’s understandings about print. Research in emergent literacy shows that students with significant disabilities, including those with complex communication needs, can benefit from the same type of literacy activities used with typically developing children but may require more time and opportunity. Regular participation in reading and writing activities plays a central role in supporting understandings about print for ALL students.

Many of the studies and literature surveys the last four decades have a common finding: nothing replaces sound early literacy instruction, even when taking into consideration recent technical advances.

If students with significant disabilities are not exposed to reading and writing materials, how can they learn to use them?"

(Source: https://literacyforallinstruction.ca/communication/)

Updated: May 7

Now that school holidays have arrived, avoid losing the momentum gained in late Term 2. We can do this with just 20 minutes a days of mixed revision. It's not challenging or new content, just easy questions, for your year level at school.

It will be probably take 20 minutes of complaining or procrastination, before a question is completed, but it is worth it! The daily complaints or avoidance tactics may not stop, but the rewards, will pay off in Term 3.

Rewards include: quicker recall of easier concepts, practicing known concepts and increasing confidence and expertise in key learning areas and improved exam results. Keep up the good work!


To get started, get a list of the topics in mathematics and english, your child is supposed to complete, in this 12 month period.


Practise writing answers to questions, in each topic area, over the school holidays.


Assess level of competency, to locate any gaps in learning.


Locate extra learning material, to support you child, in these weaker areas of learning.


Start a daily home schedule of learning, through short bursts of 20 minutes of answering questions on one topic, per session.


Track your child's improvement, through a goal-based marking chart. This will motivate your child to succeed in each topic area.


Get the support of your child's teacher, in the next school term, so your child's needs can be targeted for improvements.

Good luck!