Grade R, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6
It can be confusing to keep up with all that is needed for your child to develop and grow at school.
Here are some tips to help you to help your child:
  • If you are unsure of the concepts yourself ask the teacher to show you – remember the teacher works with these concepts on a daily basis.
  • If you are unsure of how to teach or reinforce concepts at home, ask the teacher for tips, methods or recommendations.
  • Use the Internet to come up with new and exciting ways for your child to learn concepts. Ways that are different to how they were introduced in class.
  • Create your own parent network so that you can assist each other. This helps keep track of homework, understanding concepts, building friendships, study buddies (learning buddies) and more.
  • If your child is struggling, make notes and bring these to the teacher’s attention. The work with the teacher to address concepts that your child does not understand.
  • If your child is struggling, invest in extra lessons; don’t wait until the later grades for tutoring. Your child will have to return to the basics in order to understand the current concepts if the problem areas are not addressed as soon as possible.
  • Homework should be done in the afternoon. Try not to wait until the evenings as most children are tired and unable to focus at that time. Information is lost when children are not able to pay attention or are too tired. If you are unable to do this, ask a relative or friend. Another option is to hire someone who can assist your child. Also look into aftercare facilities that offer homework assistance.
  • When you work with your child, work in small sections with breaks in between – if you spend too much time on a certain topic (longer than 15 minutes) some information may be forgotten.
  • Do not ignore or underestimate the importance of the Foundation Phase (Grades 1-3).
  • Intermediate Phase homework should be guided and the child should be able to do some of the work independently. By the end of Grade 6 a child should be able to do the majority of their homework independently, but may still require some assistance.
Preschool, Grade R
Plastic bottles/containers with lids
Paper or a funnel
Rice, pasta, screws, beans, beads (any small, hard objects which can be placed in the bottles/containers)
Stickers for decorating
Instructions: Using a funnel or a piece of paper rolled to act as a funnel, fill the bottles/containers with... Read the full article
Preschool, Grade R, Grade 1
Toys/household objects that can be used to measure length and height (e.g. Legos, blocks, books, apples, spoons)
Have your child use different household objects to measure length and height. Determine how many Legos tall the couch is, or have your child lie down and see how many apples tall... Read the full article
Preschool, Grade R
Cookie cutters in various geometrical shapes (If you don’t have these, you can use a knife)
Your child’s favourite “cut-able” foods – pancakes, cheese slices, fruit, bread
Using cookie cutters, cut shapes into your child’s favourite foods. Discuss the... Read the full article
Finding fun activities for your children that are educational but engaging doesn’t need to feel like work. In this blog series, I’ll be giving you lots of activity ideas for children of all ages, from toddlers to Grade 3.  

TODDLERS: (ages 1-3)

Make a Shape Book

Coloured... Read the full article
Preschool, Grade R, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7
When your children lose interest in learning, you may find yourself wondering how you’re ever going to get them excited and motivated again. These tips will help you get them fired up and back on track! Be passionate about your teaching. Even if you’re having a bad day, be expressive, smile and put excitement into your voice.... Read the full article