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8 12, 2020

B4G Special Edition 5 Activity Book 4 of 4

In our 4th and final book of the B4G Special Edition 5 Activity Books, we decided to add an extra component to the stimulation packs to help better prepare your child for Grade R. Please remember that although the activities in this book are based on the NCF aims, they provide a therapeutic outlook on stimulation and therefore it is still very important that your child attends an ECD centre.

Our B4G Special Edition 5 Activity Book 4 of 4 is now available for free download, just click on the link alongside. In addition, we added a short paper-based activity book for your child to practice drawing and colouring in. This book is also

21 10, 2020

B4G Parent Wellness 3

B4G Parent Wellness 3

“In every young child who believes in himself, is a parent who believed first.” -Matthew Jacobson

The last few months have been stressful for everyone, including your children. Just as you feel stress, so does your child and often they do not know how to deal with these new feelings. This in itself can cause more stress for you at home. We so often hear that children model us and do what we do – it is for this reason that we have focused on developing a range of Parent Wellness books to help you as a parent to develop and maintain techniques to manage your stress better to be a model for your

21 10, 2020

B4G Special Edition 5 Activity Book 3 of 4

Over the past two books we have addressed different components of your child’s holistic development to help you better prepare your child
for formal schooling. Our next book, B4G Special Edition 5 Activity Book 3 of 4, is now available for free download, just click on the link alongside.

This activity book focuses on how to use simple household items to help stimulate and play with your child to learn and develop according to the standards of the NCF. Although the activities in this book are based on the NCF aims, they provide a therapeutic outlook on stimulation and therefore it is still very important that your child attends an ECD centre where many opportunities are provided for your child to learn. It is

6 10, 2020

B4G Stimulation Pack: Parent Feedback 2

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During these difficult times we find ourselves looking for the good in every situation in order to keep our heads up high. At TLI we find this in the feedback we receive from Parents, Principals and Teachers who are putting their heart and soul into teaching our young generation. We are humbly proud of each and every one of you that has put effort into spending time with their child. It is this time that you are investing in your child’s life now that will help him/her to be better prepared for big school. Keep up the great work and keep sharing these

6 10, 2020

B4G Special Edition 5 Activity Book 2 of 4

B4G Special Edition 5 Activity Book 2 of 4

We are excited to share the second activity book with you. We hope you, your child and the whole family had fun with the last activities. Imagine, how much learning happened while you spent the time with your child to create, explore, and play.

As we mentioned in Book 1, children need to have mastered certain skills in their development before going to school so that they can cope with the demands placed on them. Although the activities in this book are based on the NCF aims, they provide a therapeutic outlook on stimulation and therefore it is still very important that your child attends

6 10, 2020

B4G Parent Wellness 2

Since publishing and distributing our B4G Parent Wellness Book 1, we have been blown away with the comments and feedback received. It is because of this that we decided to develop a new B4G Parent Wellness Book 2 keeping in mind the statement “self-care is giving the world the best of you, instead of what’s left of you” (Katie Reed). This statements speaks straight to the heart of the development of this book.

Remember you as a parent need to find your own strategy that works for you to help you to deal with your own stress before you can give the world the best of you.

B4G Parent Wellness 2

26 08, 2020

B4G Special Edition 5 Activity Book 1 of 4

At TLI we believe that each child is unique and special and each one has different sets of abilities.

As children grow, there are specific behaviours, skills or tasks that they should be able to do at specific ages – these are called developmental milestones. Although each child develops and learns at their own pace, developmental milestones help parents, teachers and professionals to identify if there are areas your child is struggling with and may require support for.

Our next set of activity books, B4G Special Edition Activity Book 5, are closely linked to a document known as the National Curriculum Framework (NCF) which was developed by our government as guideline for early childhood development (ECD) centres to

13 08, 2020

Proud Book Dash Distribution Partner

“Today a reader, tomorrow a leader.” — Margaret Fuller

We are delighted to have partnered with Book Dash during lockdown, enabling us to distribute an additional 2000 reading books to children across communities in and around the Western Cape.

From the beginning of lockdown (April 2020) up until August 2020 we have distributed 2852 individual reading books to children.The books were a special extra item added to our stimulation packs!

Thank you to our new partners. We are extremely grateful and we wish only strength and more opportunities in the future.

Frederick Douglass once said, “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” Thank you for

8 07, 2020

B4G Stimulation Pack: Parent Feedback

The past few months of 2020 have put a lot of strain and pressure on many households around the world. Under these circumstances it is often difficult to think about anything other than getting food on your family’s plate. That being said, The Learning Initiative has been blessed to continue to provide simulation packs for the whole family to benefit. Our packs have gone from strength to strength and we are so proud of each one that goes out our doors.

The feedback we have received from Principals, Teachers and Parents has been absolutely amazing! Thank you to each and every one of you who provided us with feedback or shared pictures and videos of all your special moments using the stimulation

30 06, 2020

B4G Parent Wellness 1

Michelle Obama once said “to be a good parent you need to take care of yourself so that you have the physical and emotional energy to take care of your family.” It is with this in mind that The Learning Initiative and Blocks 4 Growth Team has developed this Parent Wellness booklet. This booklet is focused on you as a parent and gives you different coping strategies to help you take care of yourself. It is important that you find a strategy that works for you and helps you to deal with stress. The lockdown has been a traumatic event for everyone and being the head of a household is not easy, especially with this extra stress, so it is vital

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