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The green dress

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One day, Mr and Mrs Madiswa were making breakfast in the kitchen. Sam was in his bedroom getting dressed for school. He put on his grey shorts, white shirt, grey socks and black shoes. Zinzi walked into the bedroom. Sam said, “Zinzi, you can’t go to school in your pyjamas! Where is your school dress?

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Ali and the paint

Once upon a time, Mr and Mrs Ibrahim owned a shop. They worked in the shop every day. One day Mrs Ibrahim came home from work and she had two presents in her bag – one for Musa and one for his little brother, Ali. She took one present out of her bag. It was a big, round shape. Ma read the card.

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Spot goes to the shop

Zinzi and Sam live with their father and mother. They have a little dog called Spot. Everybody loves Spot. Just down the road from their house is a spaza shop. This is Mr Ibrahim’s shop.

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Baby bird finds his mother

Once upon a time there was a Mother Bird and she built a beautiful nest in a big tree. She laid an egg in her nest and sat on it to keep it warm. Mother Bird sat in her nest, on her egg for a long time. But she got very hungry. She wanted to go out and find a fat juicy worm to eat. So what do you think she did?

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Goldilocks and the three bears

Once upon a time there were three bears: Father Bear, Mother Bear and Baby Bear. Father Bear was very big. Baby Bear was very small. Mother Bear was not very big and not very small – she was middle sized. The three bears lived in a little house in the forest.

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Tortoise and his shell

Once there was a tortoise and he lived by himself in the veld. Every day he watched all the other animals running fast and he felt sad because he was so slow. Tortoise was sad because he could not run fast like the other animals. He could only walk very slowly.

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The three goats

Once upon a time there were three goats. There was a big goat, a small goat and a middle-sized goat. They lived high up on a hill. The three goats liked to eat grass but on the hill where they lived, there was very little grass. The grass was short and brown.

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Bushbuck’s visitor

Once upon a time there was a Bushbuck and he lived in a little house made of sticks. Bushbuck always left his door open when he went out. One day Bushbuck went out to the river to drink some water and he left his door open. He was walking back to his house when he noticed that his door was closed.

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Alphabet and letter formation charts

It is important that children are taught how to form letters correctly from the start. However, this does not mean that we focus on perfectly neat, well-formed letters when children first begin to write! On this page, you will find fun ideas for teaching children how to form letters and an alphabet chart which you can print and use as a reference.

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Letter formation activities

Use the alphabet chart to introduce each new letter. Name the picture, then stretch out the beginning sound. For example, ‘Look at the snake…..ssssnake….snake starts with /s/. This is how you write /s/’.

Use the letter formation sheet to show children the correct way to write letters.

NOTE: Start off making letters with BIG movements and if children are in Grade R avoid activities that involve writing letters between lines on paper.

 

Ideas for helping children learn how to form letters:

  • Make letters out of play dough
  • Write letters in big chalk and get children to walk on the lines of the letters
  • Use sand trays for children to make letters with their fingers
  • Fill polystyrene trays with jelly and get children to make letters with their fingers
  • Use sticks to write letters in the sand
  • Use water and a paintbrush to paint letters on concrete floors
  • Cut out pictures from magazines; stick pictures that start with the same letter on a page
  • Practise writing letters with a whiteboard marker on a wipe sheet (A4 paper inside a plastic sleeve)