First Term News
Despite the abrupt end to the term with Covid-19 shaking South Africa, the rest of the term was very positive with some exciting things happening! Our new children have settled in well and so has our new staff member Grace, who has fitted in seamlessly with the iThemba Team.
iThemba School was approached by The Learning Initiative to see if we would like their help with our 4-5 year olds who are a at risk of developmental delays. We obviously jumped at the chance and are very excited by what it means for our Busy Bee class! Their Blocks4Growth program was developed to promote holistic growth with 4-5 year old children to better prepare them for formal schooling. The programme has three target areas namely the children, teachers and parents. An Occupational Therapist and translator came to do a full assessment of our children, which they used to select the 9 children who will benefit the most. These children will get 90 minutes per week with an OT and translator, plus our Busy Bee teacher will also get training meaning the whole class will benefit! We look forward to the school opening again and seeing the Blocks4Growth programme in action!
We had our first parent’s meeting of the year where we spoke about how children learn to read and write, and gave some ideas of how as parents they can help their children with this at home. We also spoke about healthy discipline and the calm down techniques we use at iThemba. We had really appreciative feedback from our parents so it was a very encouraging time!
On the Dot donated colouring workbooks and pencils to iThemba which came in very handy with the lockdown as we were able to send ‘work packs’ home with the children. Our staff are communicating curriculum based practical activities to the parents for the children to do at home, which we’re having positive feedback on. We are posting some of these on social media, so follow us to see our creative staff in action!
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