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.