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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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March 2016

Our March Newsletter focuses largely on the exciting provincial roll out of our STELLAR Programme as part of a training partnership with the WCED. As usual we also have something to inspire – the story of a volunteer in KZN; something to educate – a tip for parents; a link to new materials on our website; – and this newsletter has a special offer for those who run our programmes! We have added a calendar of events to the Newsletter, and would appreciate your sharing significant dates in the early literacy field for our next edition.

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December 2015

Here is the last Wordworks newsletter of 2015. In this edition we have highlighted our activities for the last quarter in pictures, and have summarised achievements for the year in our four programmes. Our thanks for everything you have done in 2015 to support young children’s language and literacy. We wish you a safe and happy holiday!

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October 2015

In our October Words at work newsletter we talk about the name change of our Early Literacy Programme to Ready, steady… read and write, and feature one of its Co-ordinators, Gail Lindsay.

We also look at how babies learn through play, and recommend a great website that features African Stories. We report on Wordworks presentations at the Reading Association of South Africa (RASA) conference and more.

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July 2015

We have felt great energy and running across the province at the start of the WCED’s Western Cape Emergent Literacy training for Grade R – find out more about this exciting project in this edition of our newsletter. Also, be inspired by Amanda Sickle’s personal story about her voluntary work to start “The Reading Room”, and read of the appointment of our new trainer, Bukelwa Yuze.

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