The Six Bricks Deep Dive course is about stepping out of your comfort zone and exploring what else you can do with just Six Bricks and a few additional, fun resources.
Teachers from Afrika Tikkun centres participated in the Play Box training workshop. Loads of fun and lots to take back to their classes.
This training session was run for deaf teachers and teacher assistants. A new learning experience all round!
Participants eagerly tried and tested the fun Six Bricks activities - pushing each other to use their imagination and be creative.
The level 1 Play Box training that was completed on the 7th August started off a 2 week training marathon for visitors from Taiwan as well as from South Africa.
One of the many things Care for Education does is donate Playboxes to organisations who need help with obtaining teaching resources for children. These organisations fill out our online application which includes organisational details, background and history. The practitioners who will be using the Playbox with the children will attend our Playbox training in order to ensure that they are able to facilitate learning through play in the best way possible. One of Care for Education’s main goals for this training is to encourage practitioners to become creative and innovative in order to use the Playbox to assist them in their lesson plans.
When we visited one of the ECD centres we had donated some Playboxes to we found that they had not only become creative, but had also sparked parent engagement through the Playbox. The principal of Motjoloko ECD Centre in Central Western Jabavu, Soweto mentioned how the parents were so impressed with the difference they had seen in their children through using the Duplo. Children were returning home from school sharing their excitement with their parents. The parents are now even considering purchasing Duplo for their children at home.
Mrs Mannini Mosebi, the principal of the centre mentions that the very first differences she has noticed in the classroom range from creativity, social skills and teacher confidence. Particularly in terms of social and emotional skills, she believes this area has improved the most in the shortest amount of time. “The activities they do with the LEGO encourages them to work together”, it is therefore through working together where they learn patience, teamwork and respect for one another.
Refilwe Community Project is a Christian community development initiative based in Lanseria. The organisation is a registered nonprofit organisation (NPO) and a public benefit organisation (PBO). Founded in 1991, initially as a healthcare clinic focused on caring for the physical and spiritual needs of TB and HIV positive patients, Refilwe Community Project has since developed a strong focus on childcare, community development and skills upliftment through education and mentorship. Refilwe’s primary focus is childcare. The organisation’s God Parent Programme uses a family-based foster care model to provide safe and stable home environments for up to 48 orphaned and vulnerable children. These children receive a quality education, beginning at Refilwe’s on-site pre-school and continuing through reputable local primary and secondary schools. Refilwe has several bursaries available for learners who are accepted into tertiary education.
Care for Education has partnered with Refilwe to launch a Robotics Programme for the children Refilwe works with. Initially the children part of this programme are between the ages of 12 and 13 attending 1 Robotics class per week. The programme will be led by the CEO of Refilwe, Jay Strydom along with his team Sibusiso Nhlapo and Ryan Moore. Refilwe has taken the initiative to track the progress of these children ranging from academic to social skills improvement. Care for Education is very excited about this partnership!
Playbox Level 1 Training with participants from Play Africa, Let's Do it Together4Education and Binary School. Heaps of fun was had learning through play.
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 ...