Stellar Home Language: Update – Teacher’s Guides for 8 two-week cycles

6 February–  Workshop completed

10 April – Workshop completed

7 AugustRegister here

16 OctoberRegister here

Stellar Home Language: Teacher’s Guide for parent meetings

27 February – Workshop completed

15 May – Workshop completed

14 AugustRegister here

11 SeptemberRegister here

Big Game Box workshop

6 March  – Workshop completed 

17 April – Workshop completed

24 JulyRegister here

9 OctoberRegister here

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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WordWorkshop times: Wednesday afternoons, 2.30 – 5.30


Big Game Box Workshop

Learning to read and write should be enjoyable and we know that children learn best when they are having fun.  Over the past ten years Wordworks has developed games and activities that are used across our programmes to support young children learning to read and write. These games and activities are fun and engaging and will help children to practise letters, sounds and words so that they can read and write with more success.

We offer this workshop 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.

The workshop is practical and covers all the games in our Big Games Box.  The box includes a short instruction manual, game boards, dice and counters for over 20 games covering letter formation, letter-sound knowledge, Consonant Vowel Consonant words, words with blends, high frequency words and multisyllabic words.

The training is conducted in English but the games are available in English, Afrikaans and isiXhosa.


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 workshop on UPDATES to 2-week cycles

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!


Workshop on Wordworks App

Babies and young children need loving and trusting relationships, and stimulation for their little brains to grow. Although they can discover some things on their own, young children learn best through warm and responsive relationships. Our Wordworks App shares many ideas and activities to equip parents, caregivers and practitioners to encourage babies and young children to learn and develop language and to support them as they build the foundations for literacy before they go to school.

The App workshop, which will be conducted in English, will be practical, highlighting all the features of the App, and will enable you to share the App with individuals or do onboarding workshops with groups of parents and practitioners.  


In the workshop you will:

  • download and become familiar with the features of the App (on an Android phone);
  • receive a leaflet with instructions on how to download the App and information about the importance of supporting young children’s language and early literacy;
  • download a PowerPoint presentation for facilitating onboarding workshops with parents and practitioners;
  • receive our Make your own early learning resources for babies and young children booklet in full colour, which shows how to make 12 resources from recycled or low-cost materials that parents and practitioners can use to build language and encourage learning. We will also show you examples of these resources;
  • receive a Book Dash story book, a board game with counters and a dice.

About the Wordworks App

The App includes all the content from our Every Word Counts Programme, in English, isiXhosa, isiZulu and Afrikaans, and features:

  • Many ideas for talking, playing, singing, drawing, writing and sharing books with babies and young children, as well as every day activities to explore maths concepts
  • Nal’ibali stories, rhymes and songs
  • Short video clips
  • Important health messages for the first 1000 days
  • Motivational messages to inspire caregivers
  • Positive phrases to say to young children

Find out more about the Wordworks App  in our App leaflet here.

Look out for details of our next workshops in 2019 on this page and on our social media.