Lessons on Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th, Wednesday 29th May 2019

Newsletter 19 January 2020

Hello Visitor,


Our Monday programme will be the same as usual, but we will have a few of our Tuesday volunteers join us as they are participating in the 3-day challenge from Monday to Wednesday. 

Volunteers will meet Gillean on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8:30am
 outside Piatto's to car pool to Diepsloot. Jenny has sent a separate WhatsApp to the volunteers who have indicated their availability for the 3 day challenge. If you are available and haven''t already indicated so, please reply to this email or send Jenny a message  and she will add you to the temporary "3-DAY CHALLENGE" group (082 322 0608).


Please read the basic lesson plans for Monday and Tuesday below and attached.  The attached documents are relevant to the 3 day challenge as well.

Please look at the "Dates to Diarise" at the bottom of the email. The next most significant dates to pay special attention to include 

  • The 3-day challenge where we are requesting as many volunteers to assist us on Monday 27, Tuesday 28 and Wednesday 29 May from 9am to 10am over these 3 days.  (meet at Piatto's at 8:30am and return by 10:30am).  Please reply to this email if you're available on one or all of these days and haven't received the confirmation WhatsApp message. 
  • The Ngangifisa Food Pantry will run directly after our lessons on Wednesday 29 May, should anyone want to stay on for that and meet the members of the group. These are 12 members from the most vulnerable families at DCS who receive a months supply of groceries each month. 
  • Read for Africa's Holiday Buddy Reader, Art and Sports Programme. Tuesday 18 June to Thursday 20 June 2019 from 8:30am to 1pm daily. Volunteers' children are welcome to join us - we can also verify community hours and issue reference letters where applicable.  Please reply to this email and indicate if you can volunteer on 1 or all of these days.  Please follow this link for more information.  

Meghan will announce the outcome of our first Partner Project Fundraiser  this coming week when we see you on Monday and Tuesday and a special "Fundraiser Feedback" newsletter will go out next week. Thank you to everyone who was involved including those who have made donations since the event too.

Teaching Programme this coming week - Monday 27 May and Tuesday 28 May 2019

Monday 27 May 2019

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: 
  • 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.   
  • 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. 
  • The Purple Group will be with Jutta, Jeanne and Nthabiseng 
  • The Orange Group will be in the container classroom. with Meghan This group is working on the Green Level, where some sound pictures can have more than one letter such as the sh, ch, ck etc. 
Where possible, volunteers will work with the same groups each week. New volunteers will be assigned before the lesson and sometimes volunteers will be asked to assists a different group to try and balance the number of volunteers in each group. 

We meet at Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre at 8:30 outside Piatto's and car pool to Diepsloot and will be back in Dainfern by 10:30/10:45

Gillean will be the meeting person at Piatto's. 

Tuesday 21 May 2019

The Tuesday programme will continue as usual for most - especially those volunteers who are working on their Phono-Graphix Certification. We have pre-arranged with some volunteers to assist with the 3 Day challenge, so there will be a few changes. 

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.

Are you ready for a 3 day teaching challenge? Volunteers needed on Monday 27, Tuesday 28, and Wednesday 29 May 2019

A separate WhatsApp group has been formed and your number has been added if you have confirmed your availability for one or all of these days.

Up to 44 learners (selected from each group) will attend lessons for 3 consecutive days starting on Monday 27 May in their usual groups. each volunteer will then be allocated 3 to 4 learners each to work in a small group setting on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The specific plan will be discussed on Monday after class and repeated each morning on arrival at the school.

Thank you for participating in this little research project which is further testing / proving 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.

Please let us know if you are able to commit to 1 or all 3 of these mornings? 


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. 


Sponsor a learner at Diesploot Combined - R500 per child/year 

If you are in a position to make a donation of R500 you will be paying for all the Edu Fun activities including literacy classes for one child in Grade 2 or 3 for the year. This amount covers all the stationery and worksheets, a gift at Easter and Christmas. Each sponsored child will also be invited to the Holiday Buddy Reader, Sport and Art Programme in the June holidays. When you sponsor a child 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.

The following learners have all been sponsored this year so far - please let us know if you would like to sponsor a child. 

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

You can sponsor a learner via EFT (bank details below) or you can follow this link to make a credit card payment.  Please leave an "appreciation message" as "SPONSOR A LEARNER & YOUR NAME" in the relevant section.

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. 


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. 

Please note that  Walton's is also a MySchool 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. 



Ngangifisa and the Food Pantry 

Ngangifisa supports 12 of the most vulnerable families in DCS. Within these 12 families there are 55 children. Most have lost one or both parents to violence, disease or simply been abandoned. 

On the last Wednesday of every month we meet with the eldest child in each family. We share a meal with them, provide emotional support and give them a month’s worth of non-perishable food. Go to ngangifisa.com to learn more or contact us at ngangifisa@gmail.com. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.

Ngangifisa will do their next distribution on Wednesday 29 May 2019 at 11am. 


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

We provide health, eye and dental screenings to all students at the school. We meet every Tuesday at 8.00am at the Dainfern Valley Shopping Centre returning around 11.00am. It is not essential for volunteers to have medical training. During the screening, children are identified and referred to the appropriate health professional for follow-up.
For more information, please contact Arlene at healthgroup@edufunsa.co.za 

Please 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.

Please see the dates to diarise at the bottom of this newsletter for the rest of this term.

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

Thank you
Jenny and The Edu Fun Team 

May 2019

  • Edu Fun lessons as usual Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 May 2019
  • Phono-Graphix Course - Saturday 18 May (Full day) and Saturday 25 May 2019 (Half day). See attached information sheet about the course. 
  • 3 day teaching challenge 9am to 10am on Monday 27th, Tuesday 28th and Thursday 29th May. Meet at Piatto's at 8:30am on each of these days. 
  • Next food distribution with Ngangifisa on Wednesday 29 May at 11am.
June 2019
  • School Closes on Friday 14 June. Last lessons for the term on Monday 9 June and and Tuesday 10 June 2019
  • The Annual Holiday Buddy Reader, Art & Sports Programme is scheduled for Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19, and Thursday 20 June 2019. Please let us know if you're available to volunteer on one or all of the days from 8:30 to 1pm.
July 2019
  • Lessons will resume on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 July 2019 after the Winter holidays.