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Creating Your Own Resources for Your Class Has Never Been This Fun (or Easy!)

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Teachers often find that they never have just the right resources for their learners. Whatever they find in the stores is not precisely what a particular class needs. You will likely find that, at some point, you will have to create your own materials. But you don’t have to get overwhelmed by the task because, by carefully considering what you want your learners to know and how you plan to teach it, you can create materials that you can reuse again and again.

First, you can make resources for you classroom from materials you can easily find at a supermarket or in your home. There is no need to spend a lot of money in creating it. Keep everything simple. You don’t have to try to outdo the teacher next door who may have fancy materials in their class. For example, with note cards as the basis for flashcards or a card game that reinforces learning, you have a material that will last a long time because the paper is thick. You can also use notecards for topics for discussion, research topic ideas, or perhaps to write parts of sentences on for learners to put together as they learn proper sentence construction.

Next, work together with other teachers in your school to pool materials, ideas, and resources. You’ll then have access to new ideas to improve your classroom’s stock of resources and the materials to create them with. Set a time to meet with other teachers to create the resources you’ve planned. Making it a fun event where everyone is working on resources for their classroom can bring your team together and build camaraderie.

While lamination of materials is often a fantastic way to save materials for future years’ use, you can also put materials in plastic sheet protectors. Lamination may be too expensive, depending on your particular situation. With dry erase markers, your learners can fill out multiplication worksheets in plastic sheet protectors and then erase them for someone else to use at another time. Dry erase markers and sheet protectors are an inexpensive alternative to wasting money on electricity, printer toner, and paper making copies for each learner.

Also, utilize the Internet. Many teachers around the world share their ideas and resources for free or for very inexpensive prices. You may find a resource that will work great. All you have to do is download it and use it in your classroom. This includes lesson plans in addition to tangible resources that you can either share with your learners digitally or by printing them out.

Making resources for your class has never been so simple or enjoyable!

Juffer “My Klaskamer” added the following ideas:

  • Ensure that you have a roll of clear packaging tape ready to protect small flash cards or to tape name cards to desk for example.
  • Should you have limited wall space and storage, consider making A4-posters to keep in a binder with your lesson plans.  Try to colour code your subjects, so the workbooks and shelves coincide.  That way, the learners will know exactly where their books are and where to find them.  Eventually, you might even be able to write homework down in these colours to make it easier and more organised.

Macmillan Education has created a range of guides for Foundation Phase teachers to help and guide them in different areas. These guides contain easy and practical ideas that can be implemented and tried without fuss. The resource guides focus on Life Skills, Maths, Science in the Foundation Phase classroom and Physical Education.

Click here to view the brochures and extracts from the books. You can even try some of the activities!

My Valentyn

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Wat doen julle vir Valentynsdag?  Wat van ‘n eenvoudige vriendskapsgebaar soos ‘n kolwyntjie of lekkers?  Knyp ‘n eenvoudige boodskap bo-oor die lekkergoed vas en siedaar!

Lekker Dag 

Vis-kriklike goeie maat

Loer gerus hier na idees uit vorige jare.

Medemenslikheidsdag, 17 Februarie

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Medemenslikheidsdag (Random Act of Kindness Day) is ‘n dag waar ons die outjies daarvan bewus kan maak om ander te help wanneer hulle dit die minste verwag. 

  • Is daar kinders sonder maats?  Skep ‘n rooster vir die klas en verduidelik dat dit ‘n goeie manier is om die maat te betrek.  Verseker dat die outjie nie in die klas is tydens die bespreking nie.  Dis wonderlik om die positiewe veranderinge in die klas te sien.
  • Indien die skool fondse het, kan ‘n mens ‘n maatsbankie (“buddy bench“) in elke speelarea instel.  Indien die banke te duur is, kan ‘n mens ‘n bankie uit stene en planke bou of ‘n oulike prentjie van maats teen ‘n muur aanbring.  Kinders wat alleen is of net wil gesels, kan daar met ander gesels of nuwe maats leer ken.
  • Stel ‘n oggendgroetkaart op (voorbeelde in die videos hier onder).  Dit help die kinders om daagliks óf met ‘n maat of met die opvoeder kontak te maak.  As jy kans sien, kan ‘n mens ‘n unieke groet (handdruk, -skud, ens.) met ‘n leerder oefen en elkeen volgens sy/haar unieke groet daagliks môre sê.

Wat doen julle om die konsep van medemenslikheid te ontwikkel?

Tik gerus soekterme soos “omgee, Pay it Forward, medemens…” by die bruin soekblokkie aan die regterkant in vir soortgelyke idees.

Biddag vir Opvoeding en Onderwys

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10 Februarie is Biddag vir Opvoeding en Onderwys.

 

Luidleesdag

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Luidleesdag word vanjaar op die 1ste Februarie gevier.

luidlees opsies                boek vraelys

  • Nooi die outjies om ‘n laken, kombers en kussings skool toe te bring om ‘n leesfort te bou.  Hang kersliggies aan die binnekant of laat ‘n bietjie sonlig (venster) in.
  • Hou ‘n boekbesprekingskring.  Stel riglyne voor soos:
    • Moenie die res van die boek weggee nie.
    • Vergelyk iets in die boek met iets in jou lewe, ‘n boek of ‘n toneel in ‘n fliek.  “Dit herinner my aan…”
    • Luister na jou maat.
    • Jy mag aansluit by ‘n maat of iets aanvullends sê.
  • Bring ‘n oulike (kort) storie, rympie of leesstuk skool toe.  Sit in groepe en maak beurte om vir die maats van jou stukkie te vertel.  (“Show and tell”) Steek die stukkies teen ‘n kennisgewingsbord vas sodat maats dit later kan lees of lees dit self voor.
  • Trek soos ‘n karakater aan en vra ‘n klein donasie die klas se boekrak.
  • Maak beurte om maats se leeswerk op te neem.  Kyk daarna en bespreek goeie tegnieke (vermy die glipse).  “Sjoe, jy het goeie aandag aan die leestekens geskenk…Jy lees mooi duidelik…Ek hou daarvan dat jy jou klanke kennis gebruik om daardie moeilike woorde te lees…”
  • Omskep die positiewe kommentare in “Ek kan…”/”Ek weet hoe” muurprente (bv. Ek kan asem haal by die punt.) of selfs boekmerkies.
  • As jy ‘n private kommunikasietoep soos SeeSaw gebruik, stuur die leesvideo of -foto’s direk aan die betrokke ouers.
  • Hou makker leestye met maats uit ‘n ander klas of ‘n ander graadvlak.
  • Nooi familielede (vrywilligers) om na die leesgroepe te luister of individuele leerders te luister.  Skamer outjies kan dalk aanvanklik net na die storie luister.
  • Vra vir donasies sodat jy leesfoontjies kan laat maak of dalk is daar ‘n ouer wat ‘n skenking sal maak 😉
Tik gerus soekterme soos “Luidlees, lees, boekmerk, sigwoord, flitskaart, stories, leeslys, leesreeks, biblioteek, boeke dag, boeke nag…” by die bruin soekblokkie aan die regterkant in vir soortgelyke (en meer) idees.

 

Voorspoed!

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Terug Skool Toe

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Back to school check list / Terug skool toe lysie

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