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This blog is intended for Teachers across South Africa and the rest of the African content, to remain inspired to stay in Teaching. 

You work hard, under difficult circumstances, and not always gain the appreciation you deserve. 
It comes with huge responsibility, is non-stop and often chaotic.

Take a moment to remember why you became a teacher in the first place. 
It wasn't just for targets and test results was it?
It was for something far more important. You wanted to change lives - to make a difference.
To inspire young learners. To guide them on the road to adulthood. To see them grow, experience and discover the many wonders of life!

And that is why we this blog is here. To give you the tools to help you make the magic happen. Read, share and above all, appreciate what you do on a daily basis! 


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Daily exercises that will boost your learners' handwriting

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Getting your learners to write neatly and at a good tempo is a high priority for all Foundation Phase teachers.  In this blog I have listed some daily exercises that you - the teacher - can distribute to parents to do with their children during lockdown that will boost their children's handwriting and confidence to ensure the development of a neat handwriting. 
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Ssh! Are you listening?

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Now that you're not teaching in FRONT of the classroom during lockdown, have you pondered about certain aspects of your teaching life?When forced to remove yourself from your normal day-to-day activities, you often start to see things in a new light.  
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Early learning: Figure Ground Development in baby's and toddlers

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What do you see in this image? One of the prominent Visual Perceptual Skills that your learners need for reading and writing is Figure Ground Perception (FG).   This blog article tackles what FG really entails and why it is so important to stimulate the development of this skill as pre-school teachers in the very young.
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The REAL deal: forming numbers and letters

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Today I want to discuss the actual process of teaching your learner how to write numbers and the letters of the alphabet.  I often get questions on the exact process, where to start and how to ensure the learners can copy the numbers and letters. Just click on the 'Read more' button to find out all there is to know.
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Strong hands a prerequisite for neat handwriting

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In follow up with my blog article on "daily exercises that will boost your learners' handwriting" that focused on getting the upper body strong enough to ensure neat handwriting, I have developed additional activities to ensure the development of strong hands.     
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Blogger Profiles

  • Heleen Johnson

    Heleen Johnson is an Occupational Therapist with over 35 years of experience in the field of Education. Read more here.

  • Karen Leigh Benkenstein

    Karen Leigh Benkenstein is a fully qualified Foundation Phase Teacher, specializing in Special Needs children. She has taught children with a variety of educational and emotional barriers. Read more here.

  • Rachel Carey

    Rachel Carey has been working as a children's Occupational Therapist for the past 10 years. she has worked in both special needs and mainstream settings with children with a range of challenges and difficulties. Read more here.

  • Carla Kuhlmey

    Carla Kuhlmey taught in the Foundation Phase for 12 years before discovering a passion for helping learners with specific difficulties. She is currently working at a well known KZN Prep school as the Academic Support Teacher. She has been supporting parents and children at the school for the past 5 years.  

  • Charmaine Kendal

    With over 40 years of teaching and management experience, Charmaine Kendal has a wealth of wisdom to offer teachers.  The valuable lessons she has learned in the classroom and as deputy principal have equipped her with the skills to mentor and guide newly qualified teachers as well as to support more experienced staff. She is a published author, publishing youth literature and contributing to a number of textbooks. Charmaine has lectured education at tertiary level and has designed learning modules for education students. 

  • Lee Louw

    Lee Louw is a qualified pre-primary teacher with more than 20 years of experience. She has taught children from age 3 up to 8 as well as lecturing adults. She combines her work with Educanda with teaching ECD at a college. She has written 4 textbooks and 2 lecturers’ guides in the Educare field.