Lessons - Monday and Tuesday (3 and 4 September 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.

The Week that Was ...

  • Gillean Small received her International Certification as the first Edu Fun Volunteer to become an accredited Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist. Well done Gillean!!
  • Liza Munson returned from the USA ... and resumed her duties as the Lead Volunteer for the Green Group. As you would have noticed on Facebook, our revised website and through other communication, ALL her other duties continued from afar. Good to have you back Liza!! 
  • Sue Huck celebrated her 60th birthday last week and is now back in the UK preparing for her birthday fundraiser in honour of Edu Fun. Thank you Sue for your continued love and support of Edu Fun and DCS.

Zoo Trip - Monday 10 September

Our annual zoo trip is coming up on Monday 10 September! It is sure to be a fun event and we hope all of you can join us. 
We are still seeking about ZAR300 in Pick 'n Pay gift cards to help offset our costs for lunch for the learners. If you would like to donate a gift card towards this, please give it to Liza or Jenny on Monday or Tuesday or contact us should you not be coming to school but would like to donate.  Thanks in advance for your support! 

We are also needing 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.

It would be great if some of our Tuesday volunteers could join as at the Zoo on Monday 10 September as well.

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.

Thank you Sue Huck for co-ordinating and gathering the applications that have come in to date.

Liza will be finalising this process and will be available on Monday and Tuesday to receive any new applications and answer any questions that you might have.

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. 

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 GlobalGiving 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.  

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.

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 in the Green Level where sound pictures can have more than on letter. Target sound this week is "th" (Worksheets attached).
      • Green Group with Liza in the Library. Working in the Green Level where sound pictures can have more than on letter. Target sound this week is "th" (Worksheets attached).
      • Purple Group with Sachi in Ms Dladla's class (3A).  Revision of the "k" sound including the ck, k and c and the start of multi-syllable words. (Worksheet attached.)
      • Orange Group with Ms Mphaka in her class (3C) for a few weeks while Meghan is away. Revision of the  "a-e" 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.

Liza and Jenny will meet volunteers at 8:30am.

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. The theme is the "Hungry Caterpillar" .... watch this space.

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.  Many of these children have  lost one or both parents and in some cases come from child headed homes.

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.

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. We only have 3 weeks of lessons this term - Monday 3, 10, 17 September. There will be no lessons on Monday 10th as we will be at the zoo.

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 3 September 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 4 September 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