Rhyme and alliteration

The vision of Soul Action’s Skills Development Program in schools around Durban is to empower children to reach their full potential by learning to read, write and communicate effectively. The early childhood development years that a child is in crèche are significant in laying a firm foundation on which reading and writing skills can be built. With this in mind Soul Action is working alongside Mariannridge Community Centre (MCC) to support eight crèches in the Mariannridge area to include phon...
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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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Assessment – November 2015

Alongside evaluating the phonics program, all the  children who have benefited from the English phonics program were assessed on a 1:1 basis during November. This was a mammoth undertaking as it meant 1,377 children needed to be assessed by their teachers with the fabulous support of two volunteers. The data gathered during assessment meant we could highlight the areas where the children were excelling  & identify areas where further work may be necessary. I thought I would share the data f...
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Evaluation of the Phonics Program 2015

Evaluation of the Skills Development Program for fourteen Grade 3 teachers Introduction The skills development program for Grade 3 teachers during 2015 consisted of five workshops in conjunction with on-going monitoring of the program within the classroom context. Workshops were facilitated at the start of each term, the following topics were covered: phonological awareness learning styles and how to facilitate multi-sensory activities pronunciation of sounds, blends and digraphs act...
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