Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan is encouraging Wannon parents and families to take advantage of the resources from a new website that has been launched by the Turnbull Government to help school children with their learning and homework.

Mr Tehan said Learning Potential Resources was filled with hundreds of ideas, activities, games and videos to help parents of primary school children get involved in their child’s learning.

“The Learning Potential website will help parents and families to bring school lessons to life at home,” Mr Tehan said.

“Now that the flurry of books, school uniforms and lunchboxes are taken care of, I know that parents are turning their attention to how best to support their child’s learning at school. That’s where Learning Potential Resources comes in.

“Learning Potential Resources shows how to turn everyday activities like cooking, watering the garden or walking the dog into a fun and interactive learning opportunity.”

Learning Potential Resources supports the Australian Curriculum for primary school and contains three main sections, which include:

  • 41 ‘everyday ideas’ to show parents how to practice literacy and numeracy skills with their child during everyday life.
  • 80 ‘practice together’ articles to guide parents on how they can reinforce literacy and numeracy skills their child is learning at school.
  • 80 ‘practice online’ activities, including internet games and videos that parents and children can do together to practice these same skills.

Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham said parental engagement is a key factor in enhancing a child’s learning, supporting the vital work teachers do.

“Parents are their children’s first teachers, and a high level of engagement in their education is critical to success in the classroom,” Minister Birmingham said.

“The most important things that parents can do include having high aspirations for their children, reading together, talking with their children, exploring things their children have learned at school, and demonstrating that they value education.”

Minister Birmingham said the new website complemented the popular Learning Potential app, which has been downloaded more than 119,000 times since it was launched in August 2015.

“The Turnbull Government is committed to making use of ever-evolving digital technologies to provide engaging ways for children to access information and to learn,” Minister Birmingham said.

The Learning Potential Resources website was created by Education Services Australia with support from the Turnbull Government.

 

 Media contact: Cate Mercer-Grant 03 5572 1100 or 0408 564 232

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