Lessons Next Week - Monday and Tuesday (20 and 21 August 2018)

Newsletter 23 May 2019
Hello Visitor,

Our English reading lessons continue as usual on Monday and Tuesday. The basic lesson plans and times are included below and the worksheets are attached.

Please see "Dates to Diarise" below at the end of this newsletter as we have added a few new events such as our celebrations around  International Literacy Day, our annual trip to the Zoo as well as  our weekly teaching programme.

Zoo Trip - Monday 10 September

The annual Joburg Zoo Trip for the grade 3 DCS learners will be held on Monday 10 September from 9am to 12:30pm. For those volunteers who have not joined us in the past, the Zoo Trip is a fun and memorable experience for volunteers and children alike.
As you know DCS class sizes get bigger and bigger each year so our Edu Fun Zoo expenses also increase as we provide transport and food for the learners. We are working with the Zoo to secure free entry into the Zoo or at minimum a considerable discount. 
Edu Fun provides lunch for the kids at the zoo. We are hoping to get as much of the food donated as possible in order to keep our costs down.  We are working on getting one small yoghurt and one orange donated per child for this outing and will then need to purchase the ingredients for the main lunch item from Pick n Pay. We will work with Pick n Pay to negotiate a donation or a discount as well.  
We are in need of the following help

  • As many volunteers as possible to come to the Zoo and assist us on the day. Please invite any friends and family as the more volunteers there are to chaperone smaller groups of children the more manageable, educational and fun the event will be. If you are able to attend, please RSVP on our Facebook event page at this link to confirm that you will join us.
  • As in past years, volunteers are asked to pay their own zoo entrance fee which will be around R40 (to be confirmed) as the Zoo usually give us the school group discount price for adults.
  • We are also in need of Pick n Pay vouchers should anyone like to purchase and donate. This will go a long way in reducing the overall cost of the event.

Thank you for all of your support of Edu Fun! We hope to see you on 10 September. 

Woolworths MySchool Programme - Edu Fun Provisionally accepted

As you know,  Edu Fun has been provisionally accepted into the Woolworth's MySchool programme. We are still needing a number of applications to meet our quota. Please consider applying for a MySchool card and making Edu Fun one of your beneficiaries.

Woolworth's donates over 600 million rand a month to schools and other charities through this programme. Shoppers swipe their free MySchool or linked Woolworth's card at the till when shopping at Woolworth's and at over 1500 partner stores. A portion of the amount spent is then automatically donated by Woolworth's or the partner store to the charity. 
In order to be fully accepted into the programme we are seeking a minimum of 50 supporters to list Edu Fun as one of their chosen charity beneficiaries. Each card allows for up to three beneficiaries to be selected and the funds are split evenly and automatically among the chosen beneficiaries. 
We will have paper applications when we meet for school at Piatto's starting on Monday and Tuesday. We need to gather completed paper applications and submit to Woolworth's by courier in a batch to ensure our application is approved.  We hope you will consider making Edu Fun your beneficiary or one of your beneficiaries. Please bring your current MySchool card to Piatto's (if you have) to ease the completion of your application if you'd like to support this effort. You will need your ID/Passport number as well.  Sue Huck will be co-ordinating this process over the next few weeks and will be at Piatto's on Monday and Tuesday to explain the process.

Thanks so much for your ongoing support! 

Sponsor a Learner (or Multiple Learners) at DCS

Thank you to everyone who has sponsored a learner or put sponsors in touch with us. We now have several more learners who have been sponsored through this initiative via the GlobaGiving campaign. The GlobalGiving platform has made it very easy for our supporters who live abroad (or have bank accounts abroad :-) to make donations using their credit card.  

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.

You can also make a donation via GlobalGiving at this link:

Lessons this week

Our English literacy lessons are based on the Phono-Graphix Reading method. We do run volunteer workshops from time to time and volunteers are welcome to  attend more in-depth training in the method with Read For Africa. Email buddy@readforafrica.com for more information.

If you have not managed to attend an introductory workshop on the Phono-Graphix reading method, or would like a refresher, you can follow this YouTube link to learn more about the Phono-Graphix Reading method and about teaching reading in a South African context.

The video clip takes you through the 4 key principles behind the programme as well as discusses a few topical debates such as learning how to read in your mother tongue versus English.

There is also a practical demonstration of word building and buddy reading towards the end of the video.


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 focus on revision of the sounds covered towards the end of last term and 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 and 4 sound words. etc. The Purple Group working are starting to work on slightly more advanced words where sounds are represented with more than one letter such as the sh, ch, th, and the Orange Group have moved on to variation in the English code where sounds can be represented in several ways such as the "o-e" being represented by oe. o-e, oa, ow or o.
    • 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: Please see the worksheet(s) attached for your relevant group.
      • Pink Group with Jenny in Ms Mphahlele’s class (3B). Working on 4 sound words (Blue level lesson plans attached).
      • Blue Group with Gillean in the Container class room. Working with 4 sound words moving onto the sh and ch sounds.  (Green level worksheets attached).
      • Green Group with Ms Mphaka in the Library. Working with 4 sound words moving onto the sh and ch sounds (Green level worksheets attached).
      • Purple Group in Ms Dladla's class (3A).  Revision of the "k" sound including the ck, k and c. (Worksheet attached.)
      • Orange Group with Meghan in Ms Mphaka's class (3C). Revision of the  "ee" sound  (Worksheets attached.)
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.


Volunteers will continue to work with the same small groups of children building 3 sound words. A basic lesson plan on the 4 key Phono-Graphix lessons for the pink and blue levels of the programme is attached. The Pink and blue levels focus on 3 and 4 sound words.

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.

Sue Huck will meet volunteers at 8:30am as Jenny will be starting at the school at 8am with the St Peter's interns. Please contact Jenny if you would like to join the earlier group as well.

International Literacy Week Celebrations - Tuesday 11 September 2018

We will have a special celebration of literacy with the Grade 2 students on 11 September to coincide with International Literacy Week. More details to follow.  

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.

Ngangifisa and the Food Pantry

Ngangifisa usually distribute monthly groceries to a group of the most vulnerable families in Diepsloot on the last Wednesday of each month, however they will be distributing groceries one week earlier this month. This month's food distribution will take place on Wednesday 22 August at 11am.  Many of these children have  lost one or both parents and in some cases come from child headed homes. This month a new family will be welcomed to the group.

Click here to follow the Ngangifisa Facebook page.  

Baby Club

The Baby Club meets on Fridays. To find out more about the Baby Club  follow this link to their Facebook page.

The Top Up Project - Mending School Uniforms

Karin and Veronika run the "Top Up" Project at DCS with Nopinki and Tinyiko who are past pupils. This group mend school uniforms on a weekly basis after our Tuesday Buddy Reader Programme. They welcome volunteers from 10am to 12:30pm every Tuesday. 

To see what Veronika and Karin are up to, follow them on Facebook by clicking on this link.

Health Project - Meets on Tuesdays

Please contact Arlene and Dominique on avoogd6.sa@gmail.com if you would like more information about the Health Club and how you can get involved in the new term. This group does eyesight and dental checks with the learners as well as provide nutritional and other guidance.

Whilst having qualified doctors and dentists and other health practitioners on the team is a bonus, one does not need to be qualified to assist.

If you haven't had a chance to read our special newsletter that we put together recapping recent fundraising and Holiday Programme highlights you can still read it at this link.

Please click here and "Like" our Edu Fun Facebook page if you haven't already. 

Our "Dates to Diarise" for the rest of the school year are below.

Contact Jenny on 082 322 0608 or reply to this email if you have any general queries. 

You can also contact the relevant person mentioned above for specific projects or events.

Thank you


Dates to Diarise 

Grade 3 Teaching Programme – Monday 20 August 2018

Meet in the parking lot outside Piatto’s at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 9am for a brief meeting to discuss the lessons. 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 21 August 2018

Meet in the Parking lot outside Piatto’s at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 8:30am for a brief meeting to discuss the lessons. 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 10:30am.

Term 3

Zoo Trip - Monday 10 September 2018

International Literacy Week Celebrations - September 2018. Edu Fun will be celebrating Literacy Week on Tuesday 11 September with the Grade 2 learners at Diepsloot. Details to follow. 

Heritage Day theme and last day of term on Monday 17 September 2018

The last day of term for the Tuesday group will be on Tuesday 18 September.

Term 4 - Monday 15 October to Tuesday 13 November 2018

Lessons resume on Monday 15 October until Tuesday 13 November 2018

Grade 3 Year End Party - Monday 12 November 2018

Grade 2 Year End Party - Tuesday 13 November 2018