Lessons Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th April 2019

Newsletter 19 January 2020

Hello Visitor,

PLEASE TAKE NOTE OF OUR FUNDRAISER ON SATURDAY 11 MAY 2019.  Click on this link to our Facebook EVENTS page and indicate whether you will be attending. Please book as soon as possible and share the details with your friends. It promises to be a great evening. 

Our lessons at DCS will run as usual on Monday and Tuesday this coming week.
Please read the basic lesson plans for Monday and Tuesday below and attached.  Volunteers will meet Gillean on Monday at 9am and Jenny at 8:30 on Tuesday at Piatto's to car pool to Diepsloot.

The ‘Dates to Diarise’ section at the end of the newsletter has been updated with a few new items. 

Those of you who are keen to attend basic (and/or more in-depth) training in the Phono-Graphix Reading method that we use, please see the section on Phono-Graphix below and/or the attached information sheet.

It was great to welcome new volunteers (Allyson, Jade) this week and to welcome a few people back who joined last term (Dudu, Judy Viljoen, Carol, Jacqui, Harriet). Our new volunteers have already recruited some of their friends, so we look forward to multiplying our impact as the term progresses. 

It was with a heavy heart that we said farewell to Priya Sen this week who is leaving South Africa this month.  She spent her last day at Diepsloot on Tuesday making sure that her learners were in good hands as Judy will be working with them from next week. 

Annemarie Hill and Val Thompson of The Rotary Club of Sandton visited DCS on Tuesday to present a donation of 540 packs of LEGO. Every Grade 2 and 3 learner received a pack of LEGO to take home, so there was much excitement this week. Thank you to our volunteers who assisted with unloading the truck on Tuesday and the distribution on Wednesday. Thank you to Sue Huck of Edu Fun for facilitating this and to Karen Stowell for co-ordinating the number of children in each Grade and for preparing the lists. 

The Rotary Club of Sandton also facilitated a donation of new stationery from iTeacher South Africa. Thank YOU! 


Thank you to Ria Stevens, a Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist at Charterhouse School who donated personalised stationery packs to each of the teachers at DCS this week. 

REMINDER - we  have our FIRST Annual Fundraiser scheduled next month on Saturday 11 May at St Peter's Preparatory School at 6:30pm for 7pm.

See details below, but please also click on this link and indicate whether you will be attending the event, share with all your friends and book your tickets! 


Book your tickets for our upcoming fundraiser on Saturday 11 May 2019 at 6:30pm for 7pm

All the partner projects will be working together and all funds will be distributed equally across all projects. We look forward to collaborating with many of you as we work towards common goals - raising funds to reduce / eliminate as many barriers to learning at Diepsloot Combined School whether it be to provide food, conduct health screenings, provide uniforms, teach reading and/or provide a multi-purpose hub to house all these activities.  

Thank you to St Peter's Preparatory School for providing the lovely venue for this event and to all of you who have indicated that you will attend/help leading up to the event or on the day.  

Event Details:

Join us Saturday 11 May at 18:30 for our first annual Edu Fun Fundraiser! All proceeds benefit Edu Fun’s literacy program and partner projects.
Together we work tirelessly to improve the lives of the children in Diepsloot Combined School through education, health and nutrition.

Venue: St Peter's Preparatory School, 155 Witkoppen Road

Tickets are just R200 per person! Banking details below.

The night will include:

  • Light bites, cocktails and dancing.
  • Silent and live art auctions showcasing local Diepsloot artists, photography by mrsk and unique pieces contributed by the Art Eye.
  • 50/50 Raffle.

Come learn about all our projects and meet some of the children that have graduated from our programs and are now in University.

Please email proof of payment to meg.rittenberry@gmail.com so that you can receive your confirmation email detailing important information about the night, directions to the venue and your assigned auction number.

We look forward to seeing you!

Banking Details
Bank: FNB
Account Name: Edu Fun
Account Number: 62242345438
Branch Code: 254005
Reference: Your Name + Fundraiser19
Email Proof of Payment to: meg.rittenberry@gmail.com


Sponsor a learner at Diesploot Combined 

If you are in a position to make a donation at this time of year, the following may be of interest to you where for R1000 you will be paying for

  • All Edu Fun activities including literacy classes for one child in Grade 2 or 3 for the year. (R500)
  • One family to receive one month's worth of groceries from Ngangifisa in 2019. (R350)
  • One ticket for our upcoming fundraiser on 11 May 2019 at the early bird discount rate of R150 per ticket. 
All donations are tax deductible and all donors receive a tax certificate.  

When you sponsor a child like Itumeleng, Musawenkosi, Revelation, Lauren or Keorapetse we allocate a learner to you and send you a photo. We then send progress reports and updates on their progress at various stages in the year. 
Meet a few of our gorgeous Grade 2 learners - ready and eager to learn with your help
1. Itumeleng is 7 years old. He told us that he lives with his mommy and daddy and 6 year old sister. He likes to play ball and eat vegetables. 
Thank you to Melanie and Donovan Smith for sponsoring Itumeleng

2. Musawenkosi is 7 years old and lives with his older sister. He likes soccer and books.
Thank you to Tracey Pitcher for sponsoring Musawenkosi

3. Revelation is 7 years old. She lives with her mother and big brother. She likes to play with the skipping rope and enjoys pizza and reading. 

4. Lauren is 7 years old. She lives with her mother, brother and sister. When she grows up she wants to be a clinic sister. 

5. Keorapetse is 7 years old. She lives with her mother and she has 2 sisters and 2 brothers and likes to skip.  
If you would like to sponsor the Edu Fun literacy classes and other Edu Fun activities for one of these children or a child that you are already working with, there are several payment platforms that can be used for this purpose. 

In order to get a South African Tax certificate please do an EFT into the Edu Fun bank account. 

Bank: FNB
Branch: Randburg  
Branch Code:  254005  
Account Name:  Edu Fun  
Account Number:  62242345438

Please send us an email and let us know when you've made a payment and give us the name of the child you would like to sponsor or we will just allocate one of the children to you. Please also indicate via email if you would like a South African tax certificate.

If you pay tax in the United States or the UK, the Global Giving Platform may be of interest to you. 

Follow this link to all the payment options.

Are you ready for a 3 day teaching challenge? 

Watch this space ... We hope to inspire as many of you as possible to join us for a three day challenge at DCS later this term. We will be discussing the prospect of as many volunteers as possible joining us for an hour-a-day over 3 consecutive days (on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) late in May / early June so that we can test our theory ...... that a once-off programme of 3 consecutive days of Phono-Graphix (1 hour per day),  helps learners to consolidate their basic skills and gives them a better chance of future success.

Over the last few years when working 1:1 with learners at the Holiday Programme at DCS and more recently on our trip to Wakkerstroom with larger classes, we have noticed that learners are more inclined to have an "AHA”  moment on the third consecutive day of intervention. We would like to pilot this with some of our Monday groups and then resume with our usual weekly programme. 

Please consider supporting this once-off challenge so that we can continue to improve our model and replicate it in other communities. We will discuss potential dates when we meet with you on Monday and/or Tuesday this week! 

Lessons this Week - Monday 15 April and Tuesday 16 April 2019

Monday 15 April 2019

Easter Eggs will be handed out to all the Grade 2 learners at the end of the lesson. Thank you to those of you you who donated a box of Easter Eggs for this purpose. We have bought the balance of the Easter eggs and have enough eggs to distribute. 

We work with 200 + Grade 2 learners every Monday. All the children have been assessed and have been grouped into ability levels. 

Most of the groups are working in the Pink Level of our programme, building and manipulating 3 sound words. The basic lesson plans and worksheets are attached to give you an idea of how we teach as well as the words that we will cover. 

We try to allocate volunteers to the same group each week. If your name is not included below, then you will be assigned to a group on Monday. If you are attending for the first time with a friend, we will allocate you to the same group. 

The groups will be as follows

  • The Pink group will be with Jenny and Ms Magalefa in the 2a classroom. The focus here will be on 3 sound words, but starting with the first few letters of the programme c, a, t, o , p, m, s, f. Volunteers: Annika, Dudu, Michaela, Harriet, Esami  
  • The Blue group will be with Gillean and Ms Mothapo in the Grade 2b classroom. The focus here will be on 3 sound words, but starting with the first few letters of the programme c, a, t, o, p, m, s, f.   Volunteers: Claire, Angela, Carol
  • The Green Group will be with Sachi and Ms Makgoba in Grade 2c. The focus here will be on 3 sound words, continuing with the first few letters of the programme c, a, t, o and p, m, s, f,. They will be moving on to the d, u, g. Volunteers: Judy, Allyson and Sharka. 
  • The Purple Group will be with Jutta, Jeanne and Nthabiseng.
  • The Orange Group will be in the container classroom with Meghan. This group will starting the Green Level where some sound pictures can have more than one letter such as the sh, ch, ck etc. Volunteer: Priyanka.

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.

Gillean will be the meeting person at Piatto's as Jenny will be going straight through to the school.

Tuesday 16 April 2019

Easter Eggs will be handed out to all the Grade 3 learners before the 10am break. Thank you to those of you you who donated a box of Easter Eggs for this purpose. We have bought the balance of the Easter eggs and have enough eggs to distribute. 

Volunteers work with small groups of Grade 3 learners on Tuesdays. Each volunteer is allocated to 3 or 4 learners at similar ability levels.  Regular volunteers will be assigned to the same group of learners each week. 

The Tuesday programme is a great opportunity for volunteers to work towards their international certification as a Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist. We work in small groups and work through the programme systematically teaching children to read from 3 and 4 sound words on wards.  We currently have 4 of our volunteers working on their internship. 

All groups will start on the Pink Level focusing on 3 sound words. The following techniques are followed each lesson which are elaborated on in the attached lesson plans. 
  • Word building
  • Phoneme Manipulation
  • Word Reading
  • Word Spelling

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.


The Phono-Graphix Reading Method - Next Course for Volunteers

Our English literacy lessons are based on Read for Africa's Phono-Graphix Reading and Spelling 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. Our next course is on Saturday 18 May (Full day) and Saturday 25 May (Half day). If you just want to attend from 9am to 12pm on Saturday 18th May, that will be sufficient as an overview of the method and an introduction to the Pink and Blue Levels of the programme which we are mainly working on at Diepsloot Combined School.  

Please see all the course details attached.

Read for Africa do not charge Edu Fun volunteers to do the course, however there is a nominal charge should you want to receive a facilitator guide and pursue the international certification as a Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist. The internship must be conducted at Diepsloot Combined on a Monday or Tuesday where you are able to work towards the certification whilst conducting your usual volunteer duties. 

If you have not managed to attend an introductory workshop and are not able to, 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 one's mother tongue versus English. You can fast forward to the end where you will see a demonstration on how words are built and how we do Buddy Reading. 

Spread a Little Love with the AKA Sorority 

The AKA team continue to spread a whole lot of love every Monday and supply over 200 peanut butter sandwiches to DCS to supplement their feeding scheme.


AKA are going to focus on supplying peanut butter sandwiches and so our Edu Fun volunteers are requested to supply a bag of apples on a Monday when they can. 


On-going Campaigns - please share this information with your friends and colleagues

The Global Giving and MySchool platforms have increased our fundraising potential as these are both platforms that make it very easy for our supporters to give us money. 

Click on ether of the images below to find out more about both of these campaigns. If you have a Woolworths card, you can very easily link it to our MySchool campaign which means Woolworths will give Edu Fun money every time you swipe your card, at NO cost to you. 

We have bought all our stationery for this term from Walton's as they are also a My School partner - so please keep this in mind when buying all your stationery. 


Thank you to many of you who have already linked your cards and are already swiping away with your card so that Edu Fun can benefit. 


Estimated Budget and Stationery needs for our 2019 Grade 2 and 3 Literacy Programme

We estimate that we will need an ambitious R171 000 to accommodate up to 380 Grade 2 and 3 learners this year. Our latest proposal and break down of estimated costs is attached.  

Our biggest expense is stationery and printing. If you have any contacts and could arrange toner/cartridges and ordinary A4 photocopy paper, we would be most grateful as this would be a huge saving. 

If you do have any corporate contacts, it would be great if you reminded them about Edu Fun and the work that we do. Please let them know that we are BEE compliant and can issue Tax certificates. 

Please follow this link for more information or to see how you can make a donation.

Our official registration numbers etc. are available at this page as well. Please email info@edufunsa.co.za if you would like additional information or supporting documents.   


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. Ngangifisa will do their next distribution at the end of May. 

A donation of R350 a month pays for a family to receive a month's worth of groceries.

Go to ngangifisa.com to find out more or to make a donation. 

Baby Club

The Baby Club supports young mums, their babies and children at a  crèche that they work with that is close to DCS. The aim is to ensure that these teenage mums stay in school and finish matric despite having the additional responsibility of having to look after a child. 

To find out more about the Baby Club and to see photos of their recent party follow this link to their Facebook page.


The Top Up Project - Mending School Uniforms

This group mend school uniforms on a weekly basis after our Tuesday Buddy Reader Programme. They also provide new school shoes when funds allow. They have recently added shoe polishing to their services which will help protect the shoes for longer and also give some of the school shoes a face lift before needing to be replaced altogether! 

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


Health Project - Eyesight, Dental, Nutrition checks

Thank you to Arlene and Dominique who lead the Health Group. They can be contacted on avoogd6.sa@gmail.com if you would like more information about the Health group and how you can get involved this year.

This group does eyesight and dental checks with the learners as well as provide nutritional and other guidance.

Please contact me 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.

Please see the dates to diarise at the bottom of this newsletter for the rest of this relatively short term as well as other events scheduled later in the year. 

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

Thank you
Jenny and The Edu Fun Team 

April 2019

  • Lessons as usual on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th April 2019. No lessons for the rest of April after this coming week.
May 2019
June 2019
  • 3-Day Teaching Challenge - TBC 
  • The Annual Holiday Buddy Reader, Art & Sports Programme is scheduled for Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19, and Thursday 20 June 2019 from 9am to 1pm daily.