Gifted Child Education Plans, a joint effort of the University of Queensland and the Queensland Child Care Association, aims to teach children the basics of reading, writing and maths at a younger age.
“We know that reading and writing are the building blocks for everything that we do as children,” says Dr Karen Cramer from the University’s School of Education.
“Children have the ability to use those skills in a much greater range of situations than they can with words.”
Dr Cramer says a lot of the problems kids face in learning from videos and texts can be alleviated by the new curriculum, which focuses on learning by reading, not watching.
“If you look at the world as a whole, we’ve had a very bad lot of videos and text, but we’ve also had a lot that’s been produced by a lot more kids than adults,” she says.
“So we think that reading is a much better tool for understanding how to read than watching a video.”
It’s also been proven to improve children’s social skills.
“Dr Karen Cramer says the new school curriculum, titled Kids in a Year, will be a good fit for Queensland.
The new curriculum aims to introduce kids to literacy at a young age, before moving on to other areas such as numeracy, numeracy skills and writing and reading.”
In a lot, I think it’s going to help kids in particular to understand how to do things at a much younger age than we might be able to in the next five years,” Dr Cramer said.”
Because they’ve been in a situation where they’re not getting the same level of support that they should be getting.
“But we’ve got an opportunity to change that, to make sure that when they do get support from the school, they have it.”
The program also includes a new “Child in a Book” program, which includes reading and math classes for children aged six to 12.