Dialogue and The Hub

We've just had a fantastic week with our good friends and Church leaders Dan and Alex Drew (below left, next to Rachel Bowyer), and members of The Hub in Hitchin.  We first had the pleasure of meeting the Drews on the first stop of their around the world trip in 2009, a journey to explore different expressions of church prior to planting The Hub six years ago.  Rachel and I love sharing at The Hub when we visit the UK, for one thing, their core value ‘debate’ isn’t far off one of ours – that of ...
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Developing phonological awareness

‘ECD has been recognised as one of the most powerful tools for breaking the intergenerational cycle of poverty in South Africa. Lack of opportunities and interventions, or poor quality interventions, during early childhood can significantly disadvantage young children and diminish their potential for success.’ National Development Agency – South Africa* Soul Action’s work within schools in Durban and surrounds has shown that many learners arrive in Grade 1 with little speaking and listening sk...
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New Year, New Giants

In the final few months of 2016 Rachel and I were reflecting a lot on David’s experience of facing giant(s) in 1 Samuel 17, both with leaders in South Africa and as we have updated our partners in the UK and shared our thoughts about establishing an affordable, excellent, integrated and multi-sensory school. Dealing with doubters and expectations Before David overcomes Goliath, a physical giant, he had to first choose whether to dwell on, deal with, or simply let go of, the expectations of ...
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Teaching children reading strategies

Knowing their letter sounds does not guarantee that a child will be able to read. The blending of sounds to read and strategies to decode new words are skills that need to be taught. During 2016, we worked with 8 educators from 2 schools on how to teach reading strategies and provide opportunities for the learners to practice these skills during shared reading. Shared reading allows the learners to practice their reading strategy skills in a safe environment but the learners seldom get the oppo...
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