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To make ordering as easy as possible for you, Educanda created ready made Grade R classroom solutions, based on 3 different budget scenario's.

Simply access Educanda's Grade R solutions here.

If your budget is very limited, we propose you set up Resource Centre at your school. 
 


A Central Resource Centre per Grade

It has become a reality in all schools that the budget for Learning and Teaching Support Material has to show prudence and best practice.  Expenditure has to be measured against the strict criteria of best practice.  In their spending, Educators and schools as a whole, have to ensure sustainability of the program.  It would appear that the time has arrived where we no longer have the luxury of having for instance three or four puzzles per learner on the shelf of a classroom.  It is simply not sustainable to maintain this as our classes and schools grow in number and size. Educanda is well aware of this dilemma and has come up with a solution that will stretch every budget with at least 35%. Educanda acknowledges that some classroom items need to be in the classroom every day of the week.  Without the items like your daily calendar or furniture your classroom would not be a learning area. There are however items that are used by the learners on a less frequent basis.  Items that effectively could be shared among classrooms to ensure that learners still have adequate access to high quality products, without limiting the quantity of Learning Teaching Support Material used during a specific lesson. Educanda proposes that a school centralizes LTSM, creating a resource centre from where the entire Grade can pull products for use in class.
Let’s look at some Frequently Asked Questions about a central Resource Centre for LTSM.


How does it work?

Selected (usually more expensive) resources that are not used on a daily basis will be stored centrally.  Teachers will have access to these resources in a planned organised way, ensuring best outcomes for learners. Let us take a scenario where a school needed fifteen sets of Logic Shapes Activities per classroom, since they have 30 learners in their classes.  Due to the cost of these items and a budget that is under strain, it becomes impossible to purchase 15 sets for each of their five Grade R classes.  For argument’s sake, let us argue they can afford to purchase only ten.  This could impact negatively on the development of Visual Perception for the groups of learners, since they have to share three learners to one set, giving them less opportunity to practice. By using the concept of a central Resource Centre, the school can reduce their spending significantly by purchasing three sets of 15 and rotating this between the five classrooms. Teachers can borrow and return the sets of Logic Shapes activities, similar to borrowing from a library.  The products will be returned after a specific time (decided on by the teachers).  All five classes will have access to 15 set of Logic Shapes Activities, but the expenditure will be cut by 40% on this particular LTSM item.


What are the advantages?
Teachers have access to a wider range of products as well as adequate quantities of the products per learner in their classes, without spending more. Keeping resources centrally makes sense from a sustainable point of view as well, teaching the learners to value quality and be accountable for how they use the products.
 

Will we have to borrow everything and have nothing in class?
No, there will always be items that you use daily and that you cannot share with other classes.


What if we have to present the same lesson in all the classes and need the same items at the same time on the daily program?
You use the same principal as you would when two or more learners want to play with the same toy….you share and you take turns.  The amount of money saved should motivate you to be flexible.  Think of the benefit to the learners if they can work in small groups of four instead of groups of ten. And remember, you are teaching the concept of sharing to your learners. What better way than to lead by example? 


Do we need a store room specifically for this?

No, depending on the number of items you store, you could suffice with just a bookshelf and a crate, as we have demonstrated at the Western Cape Teachers Summit.
Some schools have allocated a converted shipping container to set up their central resource centre. This is a great solution if you have limited space and could ensure you could build a resource centre for an entire Phase.

 

I do not know anything about this type of system.  Should everything be logged and checked out like in a library?
Do not worry.  Educanda can assist you in setting up.  You can use any system that works for you.  Educanda can also teach you a tried and trusted system where you can keep track of where products are, just like in a library.


How many classes have to share?

As many as you want to.  The more classes the bigger the savings, but that is up to each school to decide.  You can even share per phase or per whole school.


Can you show me a practical solution?

Of course! Just open the “Solution for Grade R – save up to 80% of your Budget” here
You might have experienced too that there is a lot of pressure in terms of Grade R classrooms! Rather than buying every product for each classroom, create a Resource Centre where you share your resources among 5 classrooms. Call us on 0800 86 96 73 or email us on info@educanda.co.za for more information