Clare Family Learning Project e -Newsletter

Winter Newsletter 2015

Publications:

Harvard Family Research Project has put together a Bibliography of Family Involvement Research Published in 2014

 

Learning Families Intergenerational Approaches to Teaching and Learning UNESCO 2015

This latest publication showcases a wide example of Family Learning activities across the world including a case study of Clare Family Learning Project in Ireland.

 

Department of Education and Skills Statement of Strategy 2015-2017 mentions the importance of parental involvement in schools on page 12.

 

Read conclusions from Family learning Conference held in Luxembourg in October 2015. For conference publications visit this link.

 

National Center for Families Learning USA

NCFL have lots of interesting ideas for promoting Family Learning during Family Literacy month in November, these can be used at any time!

NCFL’s  Say and Play with Words, with the by line Grow Smart from the Start is the newest collaborative effort to teach vocabulary in a real-world, active context through family service learning and community outreach in Detroit neighbuourhoods.

Research shows that a lag in vocabulary development puts children at an academic disadvantage before they even start kindergarten; Say & Play with Words is designed to increase the vocabulary and literacy levels of young children, establish the importance of and improve parent skills in supporting their children’s vocabulary development, and create word- and print- rich environments.

 

Resources

Useful information leaflets for parents of children going through school developed by the National Parents Council – Ireland.

Great ideas on inspiring a love of reading from Booktrust in UK.

http://www.theguardian.com/discover-woodland-trust Good ideas on what can be done and how to look at trees differently. Clear easy instructions to make a hut using branches! Lots of ideas for a walk in the woods as a family.

Activity Village | Providing parents and teachers with free activities since 2000!

www.mykidstime.com have eight family meals for parents and children brought to you by Ballymaloe foods.

Good websites arranged to suit primary school class levels by Scoil Chríost Rí, Cloughleigh, Ennis, Co. Clare.

 

Evaluation

Check out the Toyota Family Learning Results 2015 to see evidence of success in USA.

Harvard Family Research Project has produced useful tools. Explore at Resources to Strengthen Program Evaluation

Framing Program Evaluation: Why We Should Tinker With Theories of Change and Logic Models by Carolina Buitrago. Download a PDF of this publication (1942 kb) from Harvard Family Research Centre.