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December 2018 Newsletter

Grade R – what a year! ‘This is the year when children build key foundations for literacy in ways that are fun and playful, when words, sounds, letters and books become part of their everyday world.’

Our newsletter shares some of the ways we and our partners have been involved in building these vital foundations through our Stellar Home Language Programme this year. As always, we also share some tips, and introduce another early literacy champion.

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September 2018 Newsletter

September is literacy month and a time to reflect on the fact that after 24 years of democracy, the great majority of our young children are not able to read, or understand what they read. … This is not government’s problem alone – it is every South African’s problem. It is the one thing that this country must get right. With millions of children in this country not learning to read and write successfully, what hope do we have of a better future?’

In our latest newsletter, read Shelley O’Carroll’s thought-provoking piece on the literacy crisis we face in South Africa. We also share some inspiring photos, news and tips from our Home-School Partnerships Programme – one way in which dedicated teachers and parents are facing up to this challenge.

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July 2018 Newsletter

“If you visited schools where tutors are using the Ready Steady Read Write programme to support young children learning to read and write, you would be struck by children contributing eagerly to conversations about books and a strong message to children that it’s important to try even if they can’t write perfectly. You would see how much fun reading and writing can be when it is taught through games, and you would notice children eager to begin their lessons, and leaving with a sense of confidence in themselves as readers and writers.”

Our July Newsletter brings you stories, tips and news about how to help make the journey into reading and writing a happy one that fills all involved with a great sense of accomplishment.

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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.

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October 2017

Did you know that our Ready Steady Read Write tutor Programme has benefitted 15 300 children since it started in 2005! In the October edition of our newsletter we hear from some of the literacy champions of this programme.  Shelley O’ Carroll shares some insights about how children learn to write. And there’s lots more tips and news.

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July 2017

In our July newsletter, Wordworks Director, Shelley O’ Carroll shares ideas about how you can support language and literacy learning in the years before your children begin school. We introduce new Wordworks colleagues as well as an early literacy champion, Nosipho Gumede from our partner, the Network Action Group in KZN.

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March 2017

Our latest newsletter focuses on the value of teaching and learning in the mother tongue in the early years. We feature an interview with Xolisa Guzula, a specialist in the area of multi-literacies and a passionate proponent of multilingual education. We also share some programme highlights of an activity-filled and fulfilling first term. The new term has already picked up speed as all the members of WordNetworks continue to change lives through literacy!

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January 2017

Welcome back to another year of changing lives through literacy!

In our first newsletter of 2017, we look back at some of the highlights of a very busy 2016; and look ahead to 2017, which promises to be as fulfilling. See our infographic illustrating our reach in 2016, and read about WordNetworks to find out how you can join this expanding network.

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October 2016

In our Point of View, Shelley O’Carroll makes a strong case for parents and caregivers to make small changes to their parenting to build vitally important language foundations for our children. After all, young children spend two thirds of their waking hours at home and with caregivers. We introduce a new, simple-to-use phone app called CareUp which guides parents of children aged 4-5. As always, we share the story of one of our literacy champions: Erina Muir talks about her journey with our STELLAR programme, and we celebrate an important STELLAR family. Sharing books and the love of books with children is essential to building literacy, so please read about and support our Storybook Fund!

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July 2016

Did you know that the brain develops faster between the ages of zero and three than at any other time! We have welcomed the recent policy focus on foundation learning, and in this newsletter, Wordworks adds to the discussions by looking specifically at early language and literacy learning at school and at home. In Point of View, Shelley O’Carroll makes an urgent appeal for a change to early literacy research agendas. “To find solutions to our literacy problems, we must start looking for the roots of literacy in the years from birth to six.”As usual, in this newsletter we also have practical advice for parents and caregivers, interesting information, and dates you may want to diarise.

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