Level 1 Six Bricks training was conducted with facilitators from the 100 Percent Foundation and Scripture Union. Kerry Hofmeyer also joined the training. She will be working with Foundation Phase teachers and learners in Mboyti.
Five schools in the Msinga District have been selected to implement Six Bricks into their teaching and learning. 40 educators were trained during a 3 hour session held at Pomeroy Primary School.
Gr R learners from Chief Luthuli Primary listened to the story -"Grandpa's glasses" and then took on the challenging task of building a house using DUPLO elements. Although working in groups was difficult at times, they built wonderful renditions of the rooms you will find in a house.
One of the first Play Box Deep Dive Trainings took place with ECD practitioners from Protea Glen Day Care Centre. A great deal of fun was had while learning numeracy, literacy and life skills using Duplo Play Box as a tool! The Deep Dive is based on the lessons learnt on the Level 1 and 2 training.
DDG Maboya (DBE), Wycliffe Otieno, Andre Viviers (UNICEF) and other DBE officials visited St Annes and Esikhisini schools in Atteridgeville to see Six Bricks and Robotics in action.
Great fun experimenting how to use the DUPLO bricks in playful learning. Physical, cognitive, social, emotional and language skills are developed when children use a manipulative to build their understanding and knowledge.
The Little Apples Foundation, under Jenni Clark, has been working in Weenen, Kwa-Zulu Natal, with teachers and children in ECD programs and Foundation Phase. In February a team of practitioners from Zoe-Life were introduced to Six Bricks and they took this tool to crèches and schools in the area. The teams have been doing Six Bricks in 4 schools once a week, specifically with the Grade R’s and the Grade ones. Classes are big, but with each child having their own set of bricks, the program has been successful. All teaching is conducted in Zulu and it has been amazing to witness the improvement in the children's grasp of colours and memory skills. A lot of patterning activities, which is really fun with large groups, has also been part of the program.
Little Apples supports the TREE Playgroup program and two homework clubs are also operational in the area. These clubs are held at the TREE toy library and the children love the Six Bricks activities. They are done at least twice a week, along with English activities.
Jenni is also reaching out to parents and held a Six Brick activity workshop to encourage parents to play with their children.
Level 1 training took place at Care for Education on the 9th May. People from various organizations joined the session to find out more about the activities you can do with just Six Bricks.
Level 2 training for the Play Box, takes the participants a step further in using the DUPLO elements in fun, playful learning. The training looks closely at reading readiness, physical activities and using additional materials in creative builds and story telling.
Readers R Leaders have been partnering with CFE to reach children in their community and to assist them with reading and speaking. Volunteers from this organisation can been seen learning how to use the DUPLO Play Box to excite children about reading.
Brent Hutcheson did a presentation with just 2 Bricks at a "Breadth of Skills" seminar at Brookings in Washington DC. Was wonderful to have South Africa represented by the Director-General of Basic Education - Mr Mweli and support from the head of education at UNICEF SA - Dr Otieno.
What a privilege to have been hosted by Gary Player on his stud farm in the Free State with Lily & Arnie Geerts, Dean Burmeister, teachers and 1st Team golf boys and parents from Grey Bloem.
Even got them all to play with Six Bricks ...
Parents and children playing together - wonderful to see the joy and excitement as they explored different tools to make and build their own toys. The LEGO Foundation and Sesame Workshop have launched a project dedicated to promoting playful learning and adult participation in guided play.
City Year is training Service Leaders, from the local community, who will work with children during and after school. The Service Leaders will be using Six Bricks and the Play Box to encourage creative, playful learning experiences in the classroom.
Teachers from Constantiaberg Pre-Primary and surrounding schools, explored the creative way to use Six Bricks.
“Play is how children begin to understand and process their world ….. Children’s play unlocks their creativity and imagination and develops reading, thinking and problem solving skills as well as further develops motor skills. It provides the base foundation for learning”. Angie Rupen
Learning what Six Bricks is all about ... great way to spend an afternoon. Various organisations joined this session which was held at ORTSA Cape.
Care for Education would like to thank ORTSA Cape for the use of their training venue to run a Play Box Level 1 training course. Various organisations, based in Cape Town, joined in the fun, playful learning experience.
A visit to a grade 3 and grade 1 class this morning proved how playful children can be! A hive of activity and laughter - and oh, so much excitement!
RANSA (Rand Central Nursery School Association) organises termly morning conferences for all pre-school teachers from a wide geographical area. During the session held on the 3rd March, 106 teachers experienced a playful workshop on how to use the DUPLO Play Box in their classrooms.
A visit to the Grade 1 classes at Bryandale Primary showed how much the children are loving the Six Bricks.
SANC is a hub of mathematical activity, passion & innovation that blends teacher & learner numeracy development with research in mathematics education in Grahamstown and South Africa. SANC works with teachers in schools as well as afterschool clubs and will be introducing Six Bricks to Gr R, 1 and 2 teachers in 19 schools.
Teachers from various schools in Plettenberg Bay joined together to participate in Six Bricks Training! Great fun!
Students from Aros University, in Pretoria, participated in Six Bricks sessions to experience hands-on learning.
Blair Atholl Farm School was award the first prize in the AKTV Handevat project. To celebrate this win, Blair Atholl showcased their classes and learners. Six Bricks is an integral part of everyday teaching and learning.