So the new year begins.... these teachers travelled all they way from Potch to learn about Six Bricks. They can't wait to get the learners playing!
Diepsloot centres graduated with the UpliftED program and Duplo was a big part of the training. It always put smiles on faces and was a great way to open minds before theory!
The LEGO Foundation partners from South Africa, came together at the Irene Country Lodge, to share insights and stories about what they have been up to over the past year.
Brent Hutcheson conducted a presentation for students studying Positive Psychology. Great fun as they actively engaged with manipulatives.
Care for Education was hosted by ORT SA Cape and completed a Play Box Level 1 and 2 and Six Bricks Level 1 training. Wonderful to have many different organisations attending and then taking back what they have learnt to the children they are caring for.
Education students, studying correspondence through UNISA, joined the CFE team for a morning of playful learning and fun. They were challenged with Six Bricks and a few problem solving activities using LEGO.
Facilitators and educators from Help 2 Read and Summerhill Prep School, completed the Play Box Facilitator Course.
We enjoyed a visit to the Takalani Sesame parent/child workshops in Braamfontein. Wonderful engagement and loads of fun! You can play anytime, anywhere!
Taking Six Bricks further ...... special focus on spatial awareness and orientation, language and executive functions.
The Level 2 Play Box training shows how to integrate playful teaching and learning with the CAPS and NCF curriculum.
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.