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29 Jul

Visiting our Grade R classrooms to offer mentoring and support

Added by : Siphokazi Libala
Visiting our Grade R classrooms to offer mentoring and support

Most Grade R teachers in the Eastern Province have a Level 4 certificate in Early Childhood Development. This certificate is gained through attending at most three months of lectures and spending time observing fellow practitoners in their classrooms.

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08 Jul

Building Solid Foundations with Grade 3 Teachers

Added by : Ntomboxolo Skenjana
Building Solid Foundations with Grade 3 Teachers

During the past 5 months the Building Solid Foundations programme of the GM South Africa Foundation has presented English First Additional Language workshops for Grade 3 teachers.

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10 Jun

Helping Grade R Practitioners to Prepare Learners for Big School

Added by : Sabina Langson
Helping Grade R Practitioners to Prepare Learners for Big School

Scientific research shows that with a balanced approach and early stimulation children learn skills that will help and prepare them for success in school and later life.

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20 May

It’s Important to Teach English as a First Additional Language in Grade 3

Added by : Glenda Ohlson
It’s Important to Teach English as a First Additional Language in Grade 3

The majority of schools in South Africa do not have English as the home language of their learners. In our primary schools home language is used as the language of learning and teaching (LOLT) until the end of Grade 3. In Grade 4 (except in Afrikaans schools) the LOLT changes from home language to English.

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15 Sep

First Additional Language Support

Added by : Debbie Soper
First Additional Language Support

One of the challenges facing pupils in many schools is the change of the Language of Learning and Teaching from isiXhosa in Grades 1 to 3 to English in Grade 4.

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06 Jul

Glimpse of our 2014 Maths in Foundation Phase Teachers & Schools

Added by : Judy Arendse
Glimpse of our 2014 Maths in Foundation Phase Teachers & Schools

From 26th May until 3rd June, Thembela Xhoxho and I undertook a series of unannounced visits to Grade 1 teachers who had participated in our 2014 MFP programme. We visited six primary schools in total.

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15 May

Building Solid Foundations: What have we learnt?

Added by : Debbie Soper
Building Solid Foundations: What have we learnt?

If there has been one lesson learnt through our work with Foundation Phase teachers, it is that change takes time, encouragement, perseverance and a spirit of celebrating small victories.

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28 Mar

Building Solid Foundations

Added by : Debbie Soper

According to White Paper 5 on Early Childhood Development in South Africa, 40% of our young learners grow up in abject poverty and neglect. This makes it imperative for interventions to address early learning opportunities for children

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02 Jun

Grade R Workshops

Added by : Debbie Soper

The first Grade R workshop was held on the 6th February with about 30 participants. The focus of this workshop was on Emergent Literacy, with the facilitator asking teachers what they knew, what they would like to know and at a later stage, what the

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26 Oct

Wordworks Programme

Added by : Debbie Soper

On the 1st and 2nd October Mrs Brigid Comrie from Wordworks presented a two day workshop on the Wordworks programme. This programme is called the Home-School Partnership Programme and focuses on teaching parents of young children to assist their children

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18 Jun

Nali'bali Workshop - May

Added by : Debbie Soper

On the 11 May we were priveliged to have Xoli Guzula and Nadeema Musthan from PRAESA run a Nal’ibali workshop for the mentoring organisations in Port Elizabeth.

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30 Mar

Missionvale Nali'bali Reading Club

Added by : Sue Westraad

After learning about the Vulindlela Reading Clubs run by The Project for the Study of Alternative Education in South Africa (PRAESA) based at the University of Cape Town, the GM South Africa Foundation decided to start these clubs in Port Elizabeth as wel

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