There are 3 weeks left of lessons this term and just 4 weeks until we run our annual Winter Holiday Sport, Art and Buddy Reader Programme scheduled for the last week in June.
Please see "Dates to Diarise" at the end of this newsletter for other events and to see what our Partner Projects are up to and how you can get involved
Holiday Sport, Art and Buddy Reader Programme - 26 - 28 June 2018
We are seeking volunteer support for our upcoming Holiday Programme. Edu Fun, in Partnership with Read For Africa and St Peter's School will run the annual Holiday Programme at Diepsloot Combined School (DCS) from 8:30am to 1pm daily on Tuesday 26 June, Wednesday 27 June and Thursday 28 June 2018.
We are seeking 50 volunteers each day to work with small groups of learners and assist with reading.
The programme aims to help DCS learners in grades 2 and 3 who are struggling with English literacy. By providing personalized support, we can make a tremendous impact on the students.
We will meet daily at 8:30 a.m. at Piatto's in Dainfern Valley to carpool to the school. Volunteers who cannot commit to all three days are welcome to come for one or two days. Volunteers are welcome to bring their teenage children, friends, partners and others who would like to assist.
Our Saturday School Buddy Reader Programme continues each week. All volunteers, spouses, kids and friends who would like to help grade 3 learners with reading are welcome. Those who wish to carpool should meet at Piatto’s in Dainfern Valley. The group will depart Dainfern Valley promptly at 8:45. If you wish to meet the group at DCS the lessons will begin at 9:00 and end at 10:15.
All Pink Level Grade 3 learners have been invited to attend in an effort to improve their literacy. The programme will be co-led by school librarian Benedict Masipa and grade 3 teacher Ms. Mphaka and lessons will be held in the grade 3 classrooms.
Volunteers do not need to commit to come every week and are encouraged to come as dates allow.
Please see the attached leaflet if you intend volunteering at Saturday School to provide you with some context. The learners who have been chosen for this programme all receive lessons on Mondays where they are still learning individual letters and building 3 sound words like pot, cat, mop etc. as per the attached "pink level lesson plans". The purpose of the Saturday school is for these learners to revise the work covered on Mondays and to reinforce certain concepts.
All workbooks and stationery will be provided.
The dates for the rest of the term are 26 May, 2 June and 9 June.
NOTE: Lessons will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will end at 10:15.
Sponsor a Learner (or Multiple Learners) at DCS
Thank you to Christina Hiniswho sponsored a Grade 3 learner this week. We now have 30 learners who have been sponsored to date.
All of our Edu Fun volunteers display tremendous commitment and dedication to helping DCS students improve their reading, writing and spelling skills. In addition to teaching the Phono-Graphix method, volunteers and learners form bonds throughout the year not only during lessons but through social Edu Fun activities such as the zoo trip and annual Christmas party.
The hard work of Edu Fun volunteers is reaping rewards for learners. In 2017 assessment scores showed that over the course of the school year grade 3 student reading skills improved by 60% and spelling skills improved by 73%.
Volunteers who form bonds with specific learners are welcome to select the children (by name) who they would like to sponsor. If you have friends or contacts who don't come to school with us or who live abroad who might be interested in sponsoring a child or children, we can also put together photos and bios of learners and we are happy to update donors with information about the progress of those they have sponsored at various points throughout the school year.
A donation of R500 per child will cover all costs Edu Fun incurs for stationery, books and supplies needed to teach that child throughout the year. In addition the donation will cover the costs for the sponsored children to attend the annual zoo trip, receive an Easter gift and participate in the annual Christmas party.
Please contact Liza@readforafrica.com if you would like to find out more or if you would like to contribute to this initiative.
Lessons this week
MONDAY 28 MAY 2018
The learners should be grouped in the various classes before we arrive and we will continue with lessons as usual with the Grade 3s.
On Monday, we will
Hand out the books and name tags to each learner.
Team leaders and volunteers to greet the learners and play any ice breaker games - e.g. Simon Says, Kiddies Yoga etc.
Activities will include:
Phono-Graphix reading and spelling activities differentiated per group. I've attached a basic lesson plan on the 4 key Phono-Graphix lessons for the pink and blue levels of the programme (working with 3 and 4 sound words) as well as an information sheet on the method. These are the basic steps that are currently being following in the Pink, Blue and Green groups where we are revising 3 sound words such as cat, cot, bug, van etc. The Purple Group are doing the same except with 4 sound words such as desk, plum, frog. The Orange Group are working on slightly more advanced words where sound are represented with more than one letter such as the sh, ch, th, qu.
Some revision of the sounds covered last term will be done at the start of the lesson and new work will be introduced. Groups for Monday:
Pink Groupwith Jenny in Ms Mphahlele’s class (3B)
Blue Groupwith Gillean in the Container class room
Green Group with Liza and Ms Mphaka in the Library
Purple Group with Sachi in Ms Dladla's class (3A)
Orange Groupwith Meghan in Ms Mphaka's class (3C).
Where possible we like to encourage volunteers to work with the same group of children each week to encourage consistency and so that one can build up a rapport with specific leaners. However, there may be times where we need to re-allocate volunteers if we are short of volunteers on a particular day.
We meet at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 9am outside Piatto's and car pool to Diepsloot and are usually back in Dainfern by 11am.
TUESDAY 29 MAY 2018 Volunteers will continue to work with the same small groups of children building 3 sound words. I've attached a basic lesson plan on the 4 key Phono-Graphix lessons for the pink and blue levels of the programme (working with 3 and 4 sound words).
Our Tuesday Programme has expanded and we are now accommodating every child in the Grade in the hope that all Grade 2s can be exposed to Phono-Graphix this year before reaching Grade 3. The more we can expose the Grade 2s to this year, the more time we can spend on more advanced reading and spelling in Grade 3 including comprehension, creative writing etc. to ensure a seamless transition to Grade 4 where all learning areas are offered in English and children need to be able to "read to learn" as opposed to "learn to read".
St Peter's interns have all been trained in the programme and will be working with Grade 2 learners in small groups from 8am to 10am every Tuesday as they work towards their international certification as Independent Phono-Graphix Reading Therapists.Jenny will be going straight to the school every Tuesday for 8am, but Liza will meet the Volunteers as usual at 8:30am.
Most of the volunteers meet at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 8:30am outside Piatto's and car pool to Diepsloot and are usually back in Dainfern by 10:30am.
If any volunteers would like to assist at DCS for the 2 hours and work with two consecutive groups of kids, from 8am to 9am and then the usual 9am to 10am, please contact Jenny to make arrangements.
Please continue to "Spread a Little Love" when you can on Mondays
We continue to make peanut butter sandwiches as well donate bags of apples every Monday to supplement the school's feeding programme. Please assist when you can by bringing a loaf of sandwiches and/or a bag of apples. Thank you to our volunteers as well as the AKA Sorority for their consistent support of this project.
The next Food Pantry distribution will be on Wednesday 30 May 2018 at 10am.
Thank you to the Alpha Kappa Alpha Psi Tau Omega (PTO) Chapter, who in partnership with Rise Against Hunger have sponsored meals for the 14 most vulnerable families from Diepsloot Combined School. 7 boxes were donated on behalf of PTO and Rise Against Hunger generously matched the remaining 7 boxes.
Karin and Veronika un the "Top Up" Project at DCS and will mending school uniforms on a weekly basis after our Tuesday Buddy Reader Programme. They welcome volunteers from 10am to 12:30pm every Tuesday.
Karin and Veronika are appealing to our volunteer community to assist them in their preparations for Winter and have asked to keep them in mind if you have any of the following items that are used but in good condition
Black/blue/navy socks, stockings, thick leggings,
Long johns, thermo tops,
Long or short sleeve T-shirts to be worn under a school shirt
Extra Reading lessons are being offered to the Grade 3 learners in the Pink group to give additional support with their reading. The programme will run on Saturdays from 9am to 10:15am on Saturday 26 May and 2 & 9 June 2018.
Grade 3 Teaching Programme – Monday 28 May 2018
Meet in the parking lot outside Piatto’s at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 9am for a brief meeting to discuss the assessments.
Car pool to the school at 9:10am.
The lesson will run from 9:30am to about 10:45am and we should be back at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre soon after 11am.
Grade 2 Teaching Programme - Tuesday 29 May 2018
Meet in the Parking lot outside Piatto’s at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 8:30am for a brief meeting to discuss the assessments.
Car pool to the school at 8:40am.
The lesson will run from 9am to about 10:15am and we should be back at Dainfern Valley by or shortly after 10:30am.
(If you would like to join the St Peter's programme and teach at the school from 8am to 10am every Tuesday, please contact Jenny who can meet you at Piatto's at 7:45am).
Holiday Sports and Buddy Reader Programme - Tuesday 26 June to Thursday 28 June 2018
Edu Fun, in Partnership with Read For Africa and St Peter's School will run the annual Holiday Programme from 8:30am to 1pm daily on Tuesday 26 June, Wednesday 27 June and Thursday 28 June 2018.
Term 2 ends on Monday 11 and Tuesday 12 June 2018
Our last lessons for the term will be on Monday 11 June and Tuesday 12 June 2018.
Term 3 - Monday 23 July to Tuesday 18 September 2018
Lessons resume on Monday 23 July 2018 until Tuesday 18 September
International Literacy Week Celebrations - Week starting 3 September 2018
Zoo Trip - Monday 10 September 2018
Heritage Day theme and last day of term on Monday 17 September 2018
Term 4 - Monday 15 October to Tuesday 13 November 2018
Lessons resume on Monday 15 October until Tuesday 13 November 2018