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Welcome parents, carers, and teachers! This page provides information to help you support primary-school age children with their academic, social, and emotional learning. Many resources are available online. For questions or feedback, please contact us.

Encouraging a Love of Reading

Many parents express concern that their child does not want to read. The child might say it is boring or too hard even though they loved books and being read to before they started school. Reading becomes one of the many things they are told they have to do.

It is important to allow your child to choose what they read.  Many children struggle with reading “traditional” books. To jump start your child’s love of reading, consider books that focus on “edgy” topics, are funny, or include a great deal of action. By tapping into your child’s interests, you are more likely to encourage regular reading habits.

Research has shown children benefit greatly from parents continuing to read to them throughout primary-school. It helps them to further develop their vocabulary and comprehension skills and reminds them that reading is enjoyable. For an example of how fun reading out loud can be, have a look at this video.

Resources that offer variety and engagement include:

For library items available online, visit our reading lists for inspiration. Other sites include Storybox Library for stories read out loud by Australian authors and personalities and the International Children’s Digital Library for books in a variety of languages.

Academic Resources

eLibrary 

Our eLibrary offers free access to:

  • eBooks and eAudiobooks (including books in other languages)
  • Study Support
  • Educational Games and Websites

Visit eLibrary

Readers and Workbooks 

Our collection includes books to help children learn to read. We also have literacy and numeracy workbooks, including NAPLAN.

View our Readers   View our Workbooks

Free online readers are available throughSPELD

Free online literacy and numeracy activities are available at:

Studiosity

Department of Education and Training Victoria                   

ABC Education

Parent Resources 

The library has many books for parents and carers looking for ways to support their child’s reading, writing, and maths.

View our Resources

The Victorian Government has published a downloadable book with everyday literacy and numeracy tips.

For online tips and activities to support learning, visit Learning Potential

Teacher Resources 

We have books for educators, covering topics such as behaviour management, creative arts, and literacy.

View our Resources

For online, curriculum-based resources, visit:

For up-to-date, Australian based content, which can be displayed by reading level, visit Britannica Library. Here, you can create resource packs to share with students who have a Wyndham Library membership.

Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge 

The Victorian Premier's Reading Challenge runs every year. Our libraries have hundreds of books with a sticker on their spine showing what year level they are most suited for.  View the Challenge Booklist  to see the recommended books for each year level.

For further information on the challenge, including how to register, visit Department of Education and Training Victoria

eBooks count towards the challenge and one-third of the books do not need to be from the Challenge List

Visit eLibrary 

Exploring the Physical, Social, and Emotional World

Information Resources        

Our Junior Information Books cover the following topics:

  • People and Places      
  • Tales and Rhymes      
  • Things to Make and Do          
  • Fun Facts   
  • Environment and Science      
  • Animals

To search by subject Visit the Catalogue

For current, Australian based information, which can be displayed by reading level, visit Britannica Library

More online information can be found at National Geographic Kids

Virtual Visits

Many places can be explored online and have activities for children. Here’s a small selection:

Wellbeing

Our collection includes age appropriate material on topics like personal safety (including online safety), body awareness, mental health and mindfulness, social skills, and resilience. Use these terms to locate suitable items Visit the Catalogue

For free phone and web counselling and information about common concerns, visit Kids’ Helpline.

For advice on healthy internet and device usage visit the Office of eSafety Commissioner.

Parenting

Parenting Collection

Our collection has resources to support you with parenting. Topics include relationships, mental health, parenting strategies, and managing difficult behaviours. Use these terms to search the catalogue. 

Visit the Catalogue

Other Resources

Wyndham Child and Family Directory provides information about local services and supports available for children 0-12 years old and their parents.

Drummond Street provides free (or low cost) services and downloadable tip sheets to support families.

Raising Children Network is an online parenting resource supported by the Australian Government with up-to-date articles, videos, and apps in a variety of languages.

Children with Additional Needs

Library Resources

We have resources to support adults and children with additional needs.

Try the searches below or speak to a library staff member to find the best resource for you: 

  • ADHD             
  • Autism           
  • Disability        
  • Dyslexia         
  • Learning Difficulties               
  • Speech Disorders        

Visit the Catalogue

Other Resources

The Victorian Department of Education and Training has a website dedicated to helping students with additional needs access quality education.

The following services provide online support and information:

Amaze provides information, support, and advocacy services for people with autism, parents and carers, and educators.

Association for Children with a Disability is a Victorian association offering information and support for families of children with disabilities.

Raising Children Network  is an online parenting resource supported by the Australian Government with up-to-date articles, videos, and apps in a variety of languages.

Speech Pathology Australia is the national body for speech pathologists. Their website includes fact sheets about speech development and disorders.

SPELD Victoria supports the learning of those with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.

                       

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