Celebrating success

Towards the end of 2016 certificates were awarded to a group of committed volunteers who had developed a set of skills to enable them to support students in developing reading skills. Through workshops, dialogue and mentoring the volunteers: developed an understanding of phonological awareness explored how to pronounce sounds in English and isiZulu, considering the similarities and difference developed an understanding of activities that can be used to teach and reinforce knowledge ...
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Developing skills in context

How much more do you enjoy learning or practicing a skill     when it is in context? Over the last few months the reading volunteers we are working alongside have developed skills to support children to read unknown words using two strategies – phonics and high frequency words – with the focus being the reading of individual words. Shared reading - where a class of children read a book with an adult - allows children to practice decoding unknown words in a context, with the support of a skille...
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Enjoying teaching

The reading volunteers we are working alongside this year are enjoying their role in supporting children to develop reading skills.   During a time of reflection they highlighted how they enjoy: The reaction from the children when they facilitate reading activities The level of participation the activities require The interaction between the children and themselves Using the different resources They also noted how they are enjoying the work due to the skills they are develop...
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Transferring skills

This year myself and a colleague are working alongside a group of reading volunteers. The reading volunteers work within the school context and support the teacher in helping the children to develop reading skills. We are providing both training and mentoring to assist the volunteers in the important role they play. During the first workshop we specifically focused on phonics; how to pronounce sounds in isiZulu and English and activities to facilitate with children to help them develop reading ...
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