This week, the Ubuntu ECD team are holding interviews and hosting play groups for more than 80 perspective ECD Scholars and their parents.
Throughout the week, the scholars will come in on their selected day to play with a pre-selected group of peers in their age range. The scholars will be spending some time in our classrooms getting to know the teachers and make new friends. This will help the children in the transition to Pre-k and Toddler classes at Ubuntu next year. During these play groups the teachers will fill in online observation forms using our ipads and capture any great play that might assist us in creating a baseline assessment for each child.
While the children are at play with the teachers, our ECD Manager, Clinic Manager, Youth and Adult Programs Administrator and one ECD teacher will conduct interviews with the parents to create a deeper exploration of their family and help us create a and begin to build a relationship with Ubuntu staff.
The Giraffes and Cubs explored letters, phonics and nursery rhymes today with the use of our classroom ipads. Students chose to read stories, play phonics games (matching letters to sounds; objects to their starting letter), write letters and their names, and even listen to some nursery rhymes. A few students took the ipads to take photos of their friends at work and at "play"!
A very proud Giraffe, Sibulele, worked indpenednetly for several minutes and came to show Teacher Vuyo that he was a "super star" on his matching game!
Our ECD Recruitment for our 2014 class is well under way! The Early Childhood Staff are eagerly awaiting the week of the 23rd, when we will welcome upwards of ninety parents and future scholars through our doors for our parent interviews and play groups.
Each parent and child have been assigned a group number. They will be coming in on their designated date and time, where our teachers will interact witht the children in a play-based environment, while the parents interview with some of Ubuntu's Management Team.
We are very excited to head into this exciting stage of recruitment!
ECD Manager and Mentor Teacher
Hi there! Bongi and Jess, here!
“When educating the mind of our youth, we must not forget to educate their heart.” –Dalai Lama