Help Me Tell My Story (HMTMS) is an innovative, holistic and interactive tool that is used to assess the oral language development of a child. HMTMS is available to Prekindergarten and Kindergarten children and their families.
Technology is important to the delivery of the assessment. Students use a turtle puppet named Askî that interacts with an iPad. This is done to ensure that students are fully engaged with the assessment in order to provide the best possible data. There are four digital storybooks that can be read in English, Cree, Dene and Michif.
Part of the program involves surveying people who are close to the student which links the holistic nature of the data. Parents, teachers and Elders receive results and information so that learning activities can take place at home and in the classroom to help promote the ongoing development of oral language in children.
Individuals who may be surveyed include:
- the child;
- their caregivers;
- teachers; and
The Ministry of Education supports Help Me Tell My Story as a response to Joint Task Force recommendations.
It also aligns with the Education Sector Strategic Plan by addressing:
- early years goals;
- family engagement;
- a holistic approach to education; and
- culturally-relevant teaching practices.