Stellar Home Language: Teacher’s Guides

for 8 two-week cycles (update)

 

6 February –  Workshop completed

10 April – Workshop completed

14 August – register here by 7 August

 

 

Includes one Teacher’s Guide

Stellar Update Pack and Teacher’s Box are optional  and can be purchased : R315 Stellar Update, R620 Stellar Teacher’s Box

Stellar Home Language: Teacher’s Guide

for parent meetings

 

27 February – Workshop completed

15 May – Workshop completed

21 August – register here by 14 August

 

 

Includes one Teacher’s Guide

R35 for additional Teacher’s Guide for Parent meetings

Games to support early literacy and language

(4-5 year olds)

 

7 August – register here by 31 July

 

Optional to buy: Literacy Game Packs R55 (R45 for network), Animal Cards R 55 (R40 for network)

Supporting phonics and early reading and writing through games (Grade R and Grade 1)

 

  24 July – register here by 17 July

Optional to buy: Literacy Game Packs R55 (R45 for network), Big Game Box R390 (R270 for network)

Supporting emergent reading (3-6 year olds)

     28 August – register here by 21 August

 

Supporting young children’s writing (Grade R and Grade 1)

 

    4 September – register here by 28 August

 

Optional to buy: Early Literacy Assessment Kit R140 (R100 for network)

If you can’t make any of these dates, please put your name on the WAITING LIST here.

 

Venue for all WordWorkshops: Novalis Ubuntu Institute, Rosmead Ave, Wynberg, Cape Town

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Time: Each workshop is 2.5 hours long from 2.30 – 5 pm (including tea)

Cost: R200 per person (all-inclusive)

 

Stellar Workshop on NEW teacher guide for parent meetings

Most teachers would like their children’s parents to be more informed about, and involved in, their children’s learning. Many parents want to support their children but don’t always know how to. Some parents don’t see it as their role – they believe that the school is responsible for all education. Others will say that they are simply too busy to take an interest in what their children are learning at school.

We know from research that it is very important for parents to be involved in their children’s learning, particularly when children are young. It is important for Grade R children to know that their parents appreciate the school, and know and respect their teacher. When parents are positive about what happens at school, this helps children hold two very important parts of their world together – the home part and the school part.  When parents pay attention to their children talking and reading, writing and drawing, then children will believe these activities are valued and important.

This workshop introduces Grade R teachers using the Stellar programme to our NEW teacher’s guide for parent meetings.  Wordworks developed this guide to help busy Grade R teachers to get parents interested in their children’s schooling, especially in the Stellar Home Language programme. The guide provides teachers with clear guidelines, handouts and practical ideas for six parent meetings. At the workshop we share our experience of the importance of inspiring parents to support their children’s language and literacy learning at home and give you lots of practical ideas.

Stellar Home Language: Teacher’s Guides for 8 two-week cycles (update)

We are delighted to hear from so many schools that Grade R teachers and children continue to love the Stellar stories and that the two-week story-based teaching cycle is working well in classrooms.

We hope you will be excited to hear that since the big provincial ELIT roll out in 2016, we have revised the materials to take on board everything we learned from that experience. (Some quick reassurance – the story packs still have the warm, practical and supportive approach that teachers have loved. Spot, Ali, Baby Bird and all the other favourite stories are still there!)

For those who do not yet have their own set of Stellar materials, who would like to update their files, or who would like the opportunity to refresh their programme understanding, this workshop offers an opportunity to engage with Wordworks staff about the changes we have made to the materials.

The revisions include:

  • New content, so that the two-week cycle includes whole class and rotation activities every day
  • Integration of fifteen minutes of phonological awareness and letter–sound activities into each day’s programme (in place of a separate Letters and Sounds Manual). Two new letters are introduced for each story instead of one.
  • More listening activities and additional shared writing and reading activities
  • A brand-new Teacher’s guide for parent meetings, to assist teachers to reach out to families as partners in early learning
  • Revised activities
  • Improved translations.

Note that there are no new Stellar stories.

We look forward to showing you what we have done – and to hearing from you about your early language and literacy work with children in the past two years!

 

Games to support early literacy and language (4 – 5 year olds)

Every child aged between birth and five years should have access to high quality language, literacy and mathematics learning opportunities, in ECD settings and in homes. Language is at the heart of learning and young children learn through interacting with people and objects in their environment. They begin by learning language and then use language to learn. Listening, understanding, reasoning and communicating all rely on language. These skills in turn provide the building blocks of early literacy and mathematics learning.

We know that young children learn best when they are actively involved and having fun. Over the past ten years Wordworks has developed games and activities to support young children’s learning. The games are fun and engaging and will help 4 to 5 year old children to learn language and support early literacy development. The games are available in Afrikaans, English and isiXhosa. 

In this workshop we will demonstrate how to play the games, and explain their importance for language and literacy learning.  Many of the games are available as open source resources on our website. They can also be purchased as part of our Literacy Game Pack.

 

Supporting phonics and early reading and writing through games (Grade R and Grade 1)

Learning to read and write should be enjoyable and we know that children learn best when they are having fun. Wordworks has developed games and activities that are fun and engaging and will help children to practise letters, sounds and words so that they can read and write with more success.

This workshop is for people who work with young children between the ages of 5 and 8 who would benefit from extra support with literacy and language. The games can also be used to help older children to learn to speak, read and write in a second language.  We have found the games to be effective in Foundation Phase classrooms, after-care facilities, learning support sessions and in extra lessons.

In this workshop we will explain and demonstrate the free games available on our website, as well as games in our Literacy Game Pack and Big Games Box.

 

Supporting emergent reading (3 – 6 year olds)

We know that young children find it easier to read when they have the language they need in order to understand what they are reading. Many children have limited language learning opportunities in their early years, and do not begin school with strong oral language they need to express their ideas and explain their thoughts. Many are also learning to read in a second language.

In addition to needing strong language skills, children need to have some basic letter sound knowledge. These are important foundations for their journey as readers.

In this workshop, we will share ideas for supporting the development of young children’s emergent reading. 

The focus will be on:

  • Understanding how children’s reading develops
  • Telling and reading stories to build language and a love of books and stories
  • Building awareness of print around us
  • The value of pretend reading
  • Fun games to introduce and build letter sound knowledge
 
Supporting young children’s writing (Grade R and Grade 1)

We know that young children find it easier to write when they have the language they need in order to express themselves with confidence. Many children have limited language learning opportunities in their early years, and do not begin school with the vocabulary they need to express their ideas and explain their thoughts. Many are also learning to write in a second language.

In addition to needing strong language skills, children need to be able to hear sounds in words and know how to represent these sounds with letters. These are important foundations for their journey as writers.

In this workshop, we will share ideas for supporting the development of young children’s writing. 

The focus will be on:

  • Understanding how children’s writing develops
  • Telling and reading stories to build language and scaffold writing
  • Building awareness of sounds and letter-sound knowledge
  • The value of invented spelling and ‘have-a-go’ writing
  • Using a writing rubric to assess and support young children’s writing