Building learning bridges
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Building literacy and numeracy learning bridges
By the time Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children enter an early learning program, they already have a variety of socially and culturally valued literacies, including oral literacies and numeracies.
Often they've been communicating with signs and gestures from a young age. They also have a rich foundation of numerical and other mathematical understandings, although their systems for representing number may differ from the English language system.
Effective educators acknowledge all different forms of literacy and numeracy, and develop an early learning program which values and builds on what children already know and can do.