Lessons on Monday 13th and Tuesday 14th May 2019

Newsletter 19 January 2020

Hello Visitor,


Thank you to everyone for starting 30 minutes early on a Monday morning especially! The school really appreciates that we are able to accommodate their break time and feeding scheme schedule. 

Please read the basic lesson plans for Monday and Tuesday below and attached.  Volunteers will meet Gillean on Monday at 8:30am and Jenny at 8:30 on Tuesday at Piatto's to car pool to Dainfern. 

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. The course is next Saturday 18 May at Reddford House, Northcliff. 

Please look at the "Dates to Diarise" at the bottom of the email.

We have our Partner Project Fundraiser taking place tomorrow evening at St Peter's Preparatory School at 6:30pm for 7pm. We look forward to seeing many of you there tomorrow evening.

Thank you to
Meghan Rittenberry for all the work that she has done in preparation for this event, together with the help of  Sachi Fujii and Gillean Small. Thank you to all the co-ordinators / representatives from our Partner Projects who will also be joining us - Sue Huck, Michaela Paalen and Karin Blomgren as well as the team from AKA. 


Thank you to St Peter's Preparatory School  for providing the lovely venue for this event.

Teaching Programme this coming week - Monday 13 May and Tuesday 14 May 2019

Monday 13 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: Volunteers: Annika, Michaela, Dudu, Charmaine
  • 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 Faint, Allyson and Harriet. 
  • The Purple Group will be with Jutta, Jeanne and Nthabiseng 
  • The Orange Group will be in the container classroom. Meghan is not able to attend, so our new Voluntneer Thys is stepping in this coming week! This group will be finishing off the Blue Level of the programme - 4 sound words and will be moving onto the Green Level, where some sound pictures can have more than one letter such as the sh, ch, ck etc. Volunteers: Judy Viljoen, Thys, Priyanka 

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 14 May 2019

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

Many of our volunteers agreed to this proposal in principle and we hope to inspire as many of you as possible to join us for a three day challenge at DCS later this term.

We would like as many volunteers as possible to join us for an hour-a-day over 3 consecutive days (on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) on 27, 28 and 29 May 2019 from 9am to 10am to 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.

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


The Phono-Graphix Reading Method - Course for Volunteers on Saturday 18 May

Our English literacy lessons are based on Read for Africa's Phono-Graphix Reading and Spelling method. We run volunteer workshops from time to time and volunteers are welcome to attend more in-depth training in the method with Read For Africa.

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 11th minute where you will see a demonstration on how words are built and how we do Buddy Reading. 

Read for Africa is running a Phono-Graphix course this month and volunteers are welcome to attend the full course or part thereof at no charge.  

There is a 1.5 day certification course starting on Saturday 18 May. It is a full day course, however the part most relevant to volunteers will be from 9am to 1pm.

The course will take place at REDDFORD HOUSE, Northcliff off 14th Avenue. 

The first morning will include an overview of the method and phonetic instruction as well as how to teach 3 and 4 sound words (the pink and blue level) which is what we focus on at Diepsloot on Mondays and Tuesday. 


Several volunteers express an interest in pursuing the international certification. If you would like pursue the certification as a Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist, the full 1.5 day is mandatory and there is a small fee to cover the certification and the facilitator guide. You can then work towards the certification whilst volunteering each week. 

Please see the attached information sheet as well as registration form. Please email buddy@readforafrica.com if you have any queries.  

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 avoogd6.sa@gmail.com


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 Fundraiser - Saturday 11 May 6:30pm for 7pm start.
  • Edu Fun lessons as usual Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 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.