Parents and Kids Together – PAKT

“This was a fantastic fun experience and a great way to spend one on one time together.” – Brad, parent

“I liked working cooperatively with my family; I had lots of fun and can’t wait until next time; working with mum and dad; I enjoyed making something I was proud of; I liked everything.” – Jenny, 11.

Parents and Kids Together works with young people aged 6-12 to increase their engagement with their families and education.

Research shows that parents have an enormous influence over their child’s engagement with education.

“Formal education is just one of the many ways that children learn and develop. Learning begins well before children enter school, and once children enter school they continue to learn both inside and outside the classroom.”

“Parents play a critical role in providing learning opportunities at home and in linking what children learn at school with what happens elsewhere. By participating in learning interactions and activities outside the school, parents become important actors in the child’s learning.” (Parental engagement in learning and schooling: Lessons from research. A report by the Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth for the Family-School and Community Partnerships Bureau).”

Parents and Kids Together helps to build this engagement through a 6 week school based creative arts group program. Parents join their children to work on a shared project, perhaps a family castle, a rocket ship or their own island paradise. Families are provided with mostly recycled materials that are inexpensive, easy to find and easy to use to create their projects. The group is facilitated to emphasise individual and family strengths and to promote strong relationships. Participants are invited to set goals, plan, make and reflect upon their projects in ways that emphasise their connections with each other.

The program

  • Strengthens family relationships
  • Builds connections within the group and the school community
  • Develops communication and social skills
  • Provides education about protective behaviours
  • Builds self esteem
  • Develops problem solving skills

For more information call 6214 1326.

 

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