Kids mo­ti­vated by home in­ter­ac­tion

Papakura Courier - - FRONT PAGE - LIU CHEN

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 glen­dad@fam­il­y­ser­vice­cen­tres.org.nz.

LIU CHEN / STUFF

Ilaisa and Malia Maasi, with their chil­dren Te­vita, Aloisio, Luisa, and Joseph. Aloisio and Luisa, of Takanini School, are hold­ing their award cer­tifi­cates.

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