Lessons on Monday 26 August and Tuesday 27 August 2019

Newsletter 22 February 2020

Hello Visitor,

Please join us on Monday after school at Piatto's for a "WELCOME" coffee at Piatto's at about 10:15/10:30am. We're hoping that all our volunteers can join us even if you don't volunteer on a Monday. See the details below. 

The Health Group are starting up again this coming Tuesday 27 August 2019. Michaela Paalen has taken over the co-ordination of the programme. Her details are below should you want to get in touch with her or you can chat to her on Monday at Piatto's after the lesson as she will be joining us then. 

Read Below About:

  1. Our Saturday Buddy Reader Programme continues tomorrow - 9am to 10:15am
  2. Welcome Coffee and Spare Change Round Up for a Malawian Child in need - Monday 26 August 
  3. The Building of the Multi-purpose/Health Hub - 
  4. Our usual Teaching programme for Monday 26 and Tuesday 27 August -  this week
  5. Volunteer training - informal 1 hour session on the Phono-Graphix Reading method on Monday 9 September from 10:30 to 11:30am at Piatto's.
  6. How you can sponsor and learner and other on-going campaigns
  7. What our Partner Projects are up to and how you can get involved
  8. Some important Dates to Diarise

1. Saturday Buddy Reader Programme starts tomorrow

Our Saturday Buddy Reader programme started last week - thank you to Jacqui Sinek who joined us together with the DCS teachers - Ms Mphaka, Nonhlanhla and Hhlobisile.  The programme continues tomorrow. The teachers have selected 10 children from each of the Grade 2 classes and we will be working with a maximum of 10 kids in each group at any given time. 

Many volunteers express an interest in bringing their husbands or guests to Diepsloot over a weekend and this is the perfect opportunity. The programme will not be dependent on volunteers, but we will always welcome as many helpers as possible who can provide more personalised attention to the children on any given Saturday.

The lesson will run from 9am to 10:15 every Saturday. We know that Saturday's are precious family time for many of our volunteers, but if you feel you could commit to one Saturday a month, we are looking for at least 4 volunteers who could commit to one Saturday each month to be the meeting person and take any interested visiting volunteers through to DCS on their allocated week and read with a small group. 


2. Volunteer "WELCOME COFFEE" and Spare Change Roundup

We hope you all can join us this Monday, 26 August after school at Piatto’s for coffee.

We want to welcome everyone back from their holidays, and introduce our new volunteers to everyone. All our volunteers are invited whether you help with the literacy on a Monday or Tuesday, the health group on Tuesdays and whether you're a regular volunteer or someone who pops in when you can. 

We also have a favour to ask ....  We are hoping you will round up all your spare change and be willing to donate it. We are trying to raise R1000 for a sweet child that The Fab 4 had the pleasure of meeting in Malawi.

Office has been diagnosed with brain cancer and is undergoing intense treatment. 
To make matters more challenging, his family lost their home in the horrible floods Malawi experienced this past March. 

This little boy's name is "Office". At the end of 2017 he participated in our Holiday Buddy Reading Programme at the
Children's Mission in Blantyre and now he's in hospital with a brain tumour.

So, please check the cup holders in your car, turn over those couch cushions, dig through that junk drawer in the kitchen and empty the coins out of your husband's pockets.
Round up all that spare change and join us for coffee!
We have no doubt we can reach R1000 for sweet Office with your help. Every little bit will go a long way towards helping Office and his family.


Thank you to Sue Huck and Louise McCrystal who kick-started the round up and made donations this week already as they are not able to join us on Monday. 

If you are not able to join us but would like to make a donation, please follow this link to make a credit card donation. In the section that says "leave an appreciation message", please type OFFICE & YOUR NAME (your name is optional) in the relevant section. Please email info@edufunsa.co.za if you would like an invoice, tax certificate or require more information.  If you would prefer to pay by EFT - you can follow this link to our donation page. for banking details. 

3. Building of the Multi-Purpose / Health Hub getting underway soon - help needed 

Sue Huck has been working with the Rotary Club of Swindon in the UK and The Rotary Club of Sandton over the last few years to get a Multi-Purpose / Health Hub built at DCS. This hub will provide the school with a much needed sick bay, a class room and meeting area for Edu Fun activities as well as a venue to house all of our partner projects. 

The project is about to get started and the hub should be built by the end of the year, but we need your help. 

If you have any contacts in the building industry, please can you forward the attached bill of quantities to them and see if they can donate or facilitate a donation of any of the materials that we need. We are able to issue a tax certificate for the value of any products that are donated.

There is an overview document attached which describes the project as well as the latest bill of quantities and a plan of the hub. Please can you share this info with anyone who you feel may be in a position to assists us.



Final planning stages

4. Teaching Programme this coming week - Monday 26 August and Tuesday 27 August 2019

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

Monday 26 August 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 word, but we are starting to introduce 4 sound words in some of the groups. 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 but as we do not have all our regular volunteers at the moment, we might make some changes on the day. Any volunteers who have not been allocated to a group below, will be asked to join Sachi in the Green group. 

The groups will be as follows

  • The Pink group will be with Lianne Bantjes, Ms  Nkosi  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, Cornie, Liesel, Natasha (one of these volunteers will be asked to join the Green group for Monday)  
  • ​The Blue group will be with Gillean and Ms Mothapo in the Grade 2b classroom. The focus here will be on 3 sound words, and slowly introducing more letters. Volunteers: Gayle, Anne, Claire, Carol
  • The Green Group will be with Sachi and Ms Makgoba in Grade 2c. The focus here will be on revising all the 3 sound words and finalising the Pink Level of the programme. This group will be moving onto the Blue level soon where the same sounds will be repeated, but with 4 sound words. Volunteers: Judy F (away for a few weeks), Allyson and any other new or returning volunteers not allocated to a group. 
  • The Purple Group will be with Nthabiseng and Jeanne.  Finalising the Pink level of the programme focusing on 3 sound words and soon to be moving on to 4 sound words.   
  • The Orange Group will be in the container classroom with Meghan. The concept of variation in the English language has been introduced to this group where the learners are discovering that there are several ways to show the "o-e" sound: oa, ow, o-e etc. Volunteers: Priyanka; Judy V (away for a few weeks).                                                                                                                     
Where possible, volunteers work with the same groups each week

New volunteers will be assigned before the lesson and sometimes volunteers will be asked to assist 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. 

Monday lessons are in larger groups ranging from 35 to 50 children where we have one group leader
assisted by 3 to 4 other volunteers and a DCS class teacher in some cases. 

Tuesday 27 August 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 carpool to Diepsloot and are usually back in Dainfern by 10:30am.

Jenny will be the meeting person on Tuesday at Piatto's.


Tuesday lessons are in smaller groups  - 1 adult with 1 to 3 learners in a group. 
Several volunteers who attend on Tuesdays are working towards their international certification 
as a Phono-Graphix Reading Therapist which is an option offered to all regular volunteers.

5. Phono-Graphix Reading Method  - Volunteer Buddy Reader Training

Our literacy lessons are based on the Phono-Graphix Reading Method and all volunteers are welcome to attend training with Read for Africa at any stage.

Once a term we do scheduled a Phono-Graphix Coffee session at Piatto's where new volunteers can attend a brief and informal training session (approx 1 hour) where the basic concepts behind the method are discussed and demonstrated. 

The next Phono-Graphix coffee session will be on Monday 9 September to kick-start our International Literacy Week celebrations. We will meet at Piatto's after school from 10:30am until about 11:30am. If you usually attend on a Tuesday, we hope you can still join us on Monday 9th September for this session. 

In the interim, you can click on this link to watch a YouTube video which gives you an overview of the method and some insight into teaching reading in SA. You can fast forward to about the 11th minute if you just want to just view a bit of a demonstration on how we build words and do buddy reading. 


Regular volunteers are also welcome to attend a more in-depth course on Phono-Graphix and can visit the Read for Africa website or email buddy@readforafrica,com to find out about the courses. Volunteers can attend courses at no charge, but if you would like your own set of resources or would like to work towards the international certification in the method, there would be a nominal fee. 


6.a. Sponsor a learner at Diepsloot 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 for the year as well as any special excursions or gifts. All the kids receive the same benefits throughout the year, but it obviously just helps us to reduce our costs and provide more to each child when individual kids are sponsored.

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.

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. 


6.b. 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.  You can also fill out the attached form and send it to us or directly to My School. 

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 - next food distribution is scheduled for Wednesday 21 August 2019 at 11am 

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 have 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.


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 - starting again on Tuesday 27 August 2019.

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 Michaela at healthgroup@edufunsa.co.za. 

Several of the regular health group volunteers have relocated, so please consider assisting the group on Tuesdays.  All our literacy efforts have more impact if problems like poor eyesight, nutrition and other health issues are detected early.

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.

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You can also find us on Instagram @edufunsouthafrica  

Thank you
Jenny and The Edu Fun Team 

August  2019

  • Saturday Buddy Reader Programme - tomorrow 24 August 2019 9am to 10:15
  • Lessons continue - Monday 26 August and Tuesday 27 August 2019 9am to 10am. Meet at Piatto's at 8:30am
  • Welcome Coffee and  "spare change roundup" for all volunteers at Piatto's on Monday 26 August at 10:15/10:30
  • Saturday Buddy Reader Programme - Saturday 31 August 2019

September 2019
  • Saturday Buddy Reader Programme - Saturday 7, 14 September  2019​
  • Monday 9 September  - Volunteer Phono-Graphix coffee session for new volunteers at Piatto's 10:30am to 11:30am.  We will go over the basic principles behind the method we use to teach reading. 
  • Monday 9th and Tuesday 10th September - International Literacy Week celebrations. 
  • The term ends  on Friday 20 September, so our last lessons for the term will be on Monday 16 and Tuesday 17 September.
  • Ngangifisa Food Pantry distribution  - Wednesday 18 September 2019 at 11a.m. Go to Nganfisa.com for more information. 
  • No School on Monday 22, Tuesday 23, Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 September

October 2019

  • Lessons for the 4th term will then resume on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 October 2019 

November 2019
  • Monday 11 November - Grade 2 Year-End Graduation Party
  • Tuesday 12 November - Grade 3 Year-End Graduation Party