Help My Kid Learn

7 Sep 2012

 New website shows parents how to help their kids learn everyday

A new website for parents called Help My Kid Learn was launched today by the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn T.D., on the eve of International Literacy Day.

The purpose of the website is to provide fun activities that parents can do with their children to improve their reading, writing and maths skills. It highlights the way children learn as part of their everyday lives and especially the positive things that children learn at home from their families. mixes the old with the new, from card games and hopscotch that help practice maths, to children’s e-books and apps for reading and pleasure. Play is one of the most effective ways children learn and the site is packed full of fun activities that support children’s literacy and numeracy. It also helps parents, who are usually rushed off their feet, with lots of practical ideas they can build into their daily routine, milestones to look out for and useful tips.

Help My Kid Learn was developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency with support from the Department of Education and Skills. 

“Children learn everyday – from the moment they are born they start to soak up things like a sponge – at home, out and about, even at bedtime. All our research shows that parents know how important their role is in helping their children learn but very often they are stuck for time or easy access to resources. Help My Kid Learn is designed to support parents with fun activities and tips that can be integrated into any part of their day,” said Inez Bailey, Director, National Adult Literacy Agency. 

At the moment there is a dizzying amount of resources for parents in different formats and numerous locations. The greatest difficulty is sifting through this information and finding the most relevant, age appropriate resources, quickly. Help My Kid Learn is simple in design and functionality, with information no more than three clicks away. It includes audio and video content to support parents with literacy difficulties and links to others websites providing more detailed information on specific topics.

Help My Kid Learn is for parents, grandparents and carers of children aged 0 – 12 years and is searchable according to the child’s age. All a person has to do is enter their child’s age and they will be presented with 25 ideas for helping children with talking, playing, reading, writing and working with numbers.

“As a parent, you are your child’s first teacher. You make a difference every day when you talk, listen, play and read with your child.  Help My Kid Learn is about how you and your family can enjoy learning together. It is designed to support parents with fun activities and tips according to their child’s age,” said Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, T.D.

The site was designed with social media at its heart with sharing functionality so that people can share the idea with their friends and family who might also benefit from the information. It also encourages parents to sign-up for monthly email updates and top tips on supporting a child’s literacy and numeracy. 

The site will be reviewed and added to on an on-going basis and the National Adult Literacy Agency is asking that parents leave comments and rate the activities so that it can be continuously improved according to their needs.

The website was developed by the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) and supported by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) as part of the actions outlined in national strategy to improve literacy and numeracy among young people: ‘Literacy and Numeracy for Learning and Life’ (DES 2011). It recognises that parents who are engaged in their child’s learning have a significant positive impact on a child’s educational achievement, especially in literacy and numeracy.