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Eunice Tokota

Eunice Tokota is an ECD practitioner, but she is also an ECD champion, dedicated to helping families in rural Eastern Cape. She walks long distances to visit homes, sharing early literacy messages from our Every Word Counts (EWC) Programme.

Before Eunice was introduced to EWC at the aftercare where she works, she did not know that we can support very young children to talk. Now that they are using EWC, she says the children are speaking well. They are learning to use the correct names for things – even while playing games.

Once Eunice had experienced EWC, she spoke at a community meeting about ways to reach children. Small groups began to run EWC workshops. One group asked her to run a refresher course so they could get certificates. Eunice says she is keen to run the EWC refresher course because: ’Before they can train people in the community, I need to know that they are sure of what they are doing.’

An EWC participant working at Peddie agricultural development gave Eunice some seedlings. She passed these on to parents, for making small gardens at their homes. Her message is simple: ‘Whatever you do, you can work with your child. When you dig a hole, tell the child that this is imbewu (seeds); this is izityalo (plants) and intswele (onion). Tell your child it’s going to be a big onion one day! And fathers, when you work with your cattle, tell your child that the milk in the cupboard is from the cow. One day we’ll realise our knowledge is good; it won’t be lost; we will use it in the future.’

Eunice says that as she visits families, she has to change her approach for each home. She shows interest in what they are doing. If a mother is sewing, she encourages her to make time for her children, such as giving them pieces of material to do pretend sewing. When parents say that ECD centres are too far away or too expensive, she tells them that they can start the programme at home, playing games with homemade toys.

Eunice says: ‘Every Word Counts is not about today; it’s about the future. When I say that to parents, I see the change in their faces … EWC is going to change everything in the family, but the parents must be part of that. It’s not about the teachers at school – the teachers are already doing their jobs. It’s the parents’ role that is the most important.’

Thank you to Kathryn Torres for sharing  notes from her interview with Eunice.

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March 2018 Newsletter

In the March edition of our newsletter we have exciting news about the launch of a Wordworks App for parents, caregivers and teachers of babies and young children. We also share a link to a new booklet that shows you how to make inexpensive resources for babies and toddlers to support language development and make learning fun. We feature an early literacy champion in the Eastern Cape, who is working tirelessly in her community to share knowledge and practical ideas for supporting early language development.

Enjoy the read!

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Wordworks catalogue and order form

*We offer special network prices for Wordworks partners and people using our programmes

 

Early literacy teacher’s kit     

Price: R750     *Network price: R525

This kit was developed for teachers or learning support teachers to use with small groups of children (Grades R-2) who need extra support with English language and literacy. It includes a set of guidelines, a story booklet, 12 sets of picture sequences, little books and games for building language and early literacy. Available in English.

Download full catalogue          Download order form

 

Stellar teacher’s box     

Price: R850       *Network price: R600

The Stellar teacher’s box includes a set of eight story packs (each with story resources and a guide for a two-week teaching cycle) and a teacher’s guide for parent meetings. This box is suitable for Grade R teachers who have not previously received Stellar resources.

Download full catalogue          Download order form

 

Early literacy assessment kit   

Price: 130  *Network price: R90

This kit includes assessment measures of: letter knowledge, awareness of sounds, emergent writing, word reading and sentence writing.  The assessment can be used in the middle and end of Grade R and at the middle and end of Grade 1. Available in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa.

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Animal cards 

Price: 50  *Network price: R35

This set of colourful farm animal and wild animal cards is perfect for parents/caregivers and young children to play together. There are eight games which encourage the development of visual memory, classification, phonological awareness, story writing and more. Available in Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa and isiZulu.

Download full catalogue          Download order form

 

Game pack

Price: R45 *Network Price R30

This pack includes board games for parents/caregivers to play with young children as they learn to read and write. Available in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa.

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Big game box (available mid-2018)

Price: R360 *Network Price R250

Full set of games to play with young children as they learn to read and write. Ideal for small groups of children. Available in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa.

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Sequence pictures pack (available late 2018)

Price: R TBA *Network Price R TBA

This pack is made up of 12 sets of story sequence pictures, together with matching sentences.

An information booklet guides parents and teachers

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Make your own booklet

Price: R15 *Network Price R10

This book shows you how to make your own early learning resources for babies and toddlers using recycled and inexpensive materials. Activities develop early language skills and make learning fun.

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Every Word Counts book pack

Price: R150 *Network Price R105

This beautifully illustrated set of six books offers practical ideas for supporting early language development and learning. The books cover the following topics: Talk, play and sing (birth-2 years); Talk and sing (3-5 years); Play (3-5 years); Share books (birth-5 years); Draw and write (3-5 years); Enjoy Maths every day (3-5 years). Available in Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa and isiZulu.

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Make your own learning resources

For parents, caregivers and teachers of babies and young children

Print our ‘Make your own’ booklet with instructions for making inexpensive resources that encourage language development and make learning fun.

Download a black and white version of the booklet here.

Download a full colour version of the booklet here. Note that this is a low res version to make it easier to print at home.

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Download the free Wordworks App

Would you like to know more about how to talk, play, sing and share books with babies and young children? Or how to support their drawing and early writing? Did you know that you can enjoy maths with young children through everyday activities?

If you would like to know more, download the free Wordworks App with these practical and engaging features:

Content for birth to 2 years, and 3-5 years
> New ideas and activities to build language and support early learning
> Positive and encouraging words to use with babies and young children
> Inspirational messages for parents and carers
> Demonstration videos
> Stories to tell young children
> Songs and rhymes
> Health messages for the first 1000 days

For more info on the app, please click on this link: Wordworks App Leaflet

Search for WORDWORKS in the Play Store or use this link.

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Schools in the Western Cape reaching out to parents

Dedicated and competent teachers and enthusiastic, determined parents make for vibrant and engaging Home-School Partnerships Programme workshops!

We have compiled an picture album of Teacher-facilitators and parents exploring ways to support their children’s informal learning at home through interactive story-telling, warm-up activities, sharing stories, homework and ideas, writing, making little books, games, and more.

Over 120 new HSP Teacher-facilitators attended training over three Saturdays earlier this year, joining 184 established Teacher-facilitators working with parents in the Metro and on the West Coast.

See our album on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/wordworksSA/, and look out for more albums as the workshops progress.

Parents will attend a total of eight two-hour sessions culminating in a certification event organised by the Teacher-facilitators.