New Website for parents and guardians www.helpmykidlearn.ie. It was launched to give many creative ideas for activities that parents can do with their children to improve their child’s speaking, reading, writing and maths skills. The website highlights the way children learn as part of their everyday lives, especially the things they can learn at home and when they are out and about with their parents. The term ‘parent’ is used on the website to keep it simple. The website is for parents, guardians, family members (grandparents, aunties and uncles) and childminders of children aged 0-12 years.
Helpmykidlearn.ie mixes the old with the new-from card games and hopscotch that help practice maths, to e-books that can be read out to the child and ‘Apps’ you can download on a smart phone. Information is broken down into five age groups: 0-2years, 3-4years, 5-7years, 8-9years and 10-12years. Activities are organised into five main areas: Talk, Play, Read, Write and Count.
Helpmykidlearn.ie can be viewed from smart phones (for example iPhones and android phones). Some people might have a smart phone but not a computer at home. From the homepage, you enter the child’s age and are then brought directly to the page that contains information and activities for that child’s age group. There is an option to sign up for monthly tips and an icon to easily share the website link on Facebook and Twitter.
Now that summer holidays are here this would be a fun way of keeping your child interested in learning. Our aim, as teachers, is to foster a love of learning for life in our children. You, the parents and guardians have a huge part to play by being there to share their achievements. Sitting down with your child and going through the workbooks and copies they have worked on this year gives the child a great sense of job satisfaction. Thank you sincerely for all your support and help during this school year. It has been an absolute pleasure to be part of your child’s education. Each and every child and family are important to us.