Kids motivated by home interaction
Takanini mum Malia Maasi says a programme provided by Takanini Family Service Centre has completely changed her perspective on learning.
She believes that HIPPY - Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters - has helped two of her children get a good start and to do well at school.
Her daughter Luisa, 7, and son Aloisio, 5, won a community award and a curriculum award respectively at Takanini School’s end of year ceremony last year, and Aloisio was also selected to be a poster boy for the school.
In the programme designed for three- to five-year-olds, parents work with their children at home for 15 minutes a day and five times every week over a period of two years, using HIPPY story and activity books.
The process involves reading, writing, numeracy, memory exercises, colouring and more, which can help kids develop many skills.
Maasi says that she feels proud when she receives positive feedback from her children’s teachers.
‘‘I give the thumbs-up to HIPPY. They make it fun for the little ones. It’s straightforward and easy for the parents and children,’’ Maasi says.
‘‘It’s helped me as a parent to see in a different point of view when it comes to learning, which can start here at home.’’
Maasi first took Luisa to the programme as a parent in 2013. After it finished she did HIPPY again with Aloisio, while working as a tutor there, advising and visiting participating families.
Although Aloisio has graduated from HIPPY at the end of last year and goes to school now, Maasi still keeps up the habit of sitting down with him and her other children to spend time on learning.
‘‘I became a different person, seeing things in a different and good way. I learnt how to teach them and have the patience with them,’’ she says.
‘‘I know some parents struggle when it comes to learning with their child. I know how it is. I’ve been there. Trust me, if you sit down and give them that time, it will pay off, which is awesome.’’
Families interested in the programme can contact Takanini Family Service Centre on phones 09 974 4719 ext 401, 021 882 732, or email email@example.com.
Ilaisa and Malia Maasi, with their children Tevita, Aloisio, Luisa, and Joseph. Aloisio and Luisa, of Takanini School, are holding their award certificates.