Lessons - Monday and Tuesday (17 and 18 September 2018)

Newsletter 25 April 2019
Hello Visitor,

As the school term draws to an end and due to Heritage Day being celebrated the following week, this coming week will be our last lesson until 8 October.

Our Saturday Buddy Reader Programme continues tomorrow with the teachers at DCS and a group of Grade 2 learners. Neither Jenny nor Liza will be able to go through, so there won't be anyone at Piatto's to car pool with. The programme runs weekly during term time from 9am to 10:15.

As in the past, it would be great if our Monday volunteers were to help us kick start the Heritage Day Celebrations and introduce the learners to all of the nationalities that we represent and wear something symbolic of YOUR heritage on Monday.

Please see "Dates to Diarise" below at the end of this newsletter. We would like to invite ALL our Monday and Tuesday volunteers to join us for a brief Assessment workshop on the first day of next term - Monday 8 October at 11:15am at Piatto's. We would like to go over a slight addition to our assessment process so that DCS can participate in the development of national norms for reading and spelling.

The Week That Was ...

There was much excitement this week as we celebrated Literacy Week with the Grade 2s and our annual visit to the Johannesburg Zoo with the Grade 3s.  Our Saturday Buddy Reader Programme also resumed.
Visit our Facebook link to view the week that was in photos.

Our Zoo Trip
Thank you to all the volunteers who were able to join us on Monday to chaperone the kids around the zoo. There were so many people and organisations who made the Zoo Trip possible and affordable.

Thank you to the following people / organisations
  • Joburg City Parks and the Joburg Zoo for free entrance into the zoo for the kids
  • Tracy Whitfield and the AKA Sorority for "spreading their love” further and providing a sandwhich, sweet and apple for each child.
  • Genevieve Baleson of Ignition Marketing for donating cash towards the Zoo trip as well as  Abbi Davenport, Judtih Wonderschüt and Angela Thomas for donating PnP vouchers towards the cost of refreshments.
  • Gayle Ouzman for facilitating a donation of wristbands from Wesley Brink of Promoyard so that we can colour code the various groups of children on Monday. 
  • Bus 2000 Bus Services for providing the busses at a discounted fee.
  • Lucy Taylor - for facilitating free entry into the Zoo yet again as well as arranging for over 200 oranges being donated.
  • Tyrone Fruiterers in Parkview for donating the oranges.

Literacy Week Celebrations

We celebrated literacy week with the Grade 2s on Tuesday and each child received a donated book. You can see all of our "Hungry Caterpillars" on our Facebook page.  

Thanks to Debbie Spazzoli, each Grade 3 child also received a book from Book Dash .

Woolworths MySchool Programme - Edu Fun Provisionally accepted

We will be finalising our MySchool Card application process this week. The last day we can accept applications to meet our deadline is Monday 17 September and / or Tuesday 18 September 2018. 

Please give your form to Liza on Monday or Tuesday if you would still like to apply for a card or change your beneficiary to Edu Fun.

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.


*** Please wear something related to you your heritage today as a build up to Heritage Day on the 24th of September. ***

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. Continued 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.

Volunteers meet at Piatto's at 8:30am.

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 1 week of lessons left this term - Monday 17 September and Tuesday 18 September.

Lessons will resume on Monday 8 October followed by an assessment workshop at Piatto's from 11:15 to 12pm.

Contact Jenny on 082 322 0608 or email info@edufunsa.co.za 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 17 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 18 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 10:00 am and we should be back at Dainfern Valley by 10:30am.

Term 3

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 8 October to Tuesday 13 November 2018

Lessons resume on Monday 8 October until Tuesday 13 November 2018

Volunteer Assessment Workshop - Monday 8 October at 11:15am until 12pm at Piatto's.

Grade 3 Year End Party - Monday 12 November 2018

Grade 2 Year End Party - Tuesday 13 November 2018