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Parents need to understand that Grade R is a pre-primary year.

The 3 (R´s) of grade R are Ready, Routine and Relationships.

Grade R gets our children ready for primary school by developing their pre-reading, pre-writing and pre-mathematical skills for eg. Before children can learn to read they need to understand how the book works, understand the relationship between words and pictures in a book and realize that words on a page have meaning and are made up of sounds.

Before children can learn how to write they need to know how to hold a pencil or crayons, understand that texts work from left to right and from top to bottom and realize that drawings and writing convey a message.

Before children can learn mathematical skills, they need to understand that numbers represent quantities, that objects can be sorted and grouped and that things can be shared. All these skills are learned through play, which is the real work of children in grade R. Playing with building blocks and doing jigsaw puzzles develop important maths skills. Drawing and playing with molding clay are vital pre-writing skills. Grade R gets our children ready for the routine of primary school. Activities include routines for everything from eating and toilet times and outside play to different types of classroom activities. Each routine is an opportunity for learning important life skills. When children know the order of events in a school day, they are prepared for what comes next. Grade R helps our children to build relationships with both their peers and teachers. They start to develop the social skills they need throughout their school life and beyond. As children learn to share materials and play together they learn to co-operate, listen to others and be patient.

Grade R does not just prepare children for grade 1. It prepares children for a lifetime of learning.

The `R`in Grade R stands for Reception. If their reception is warm and fun, they will have an excellent foundation for coping with school and enjoy learning.

The Importance of Reading

Reading is of utmost importance and must be done on a regular basis. The ability to read is the foundation on which all other subjects are based. The importance of reading should be a focal point in education and no one is too young or old to learn. Reading is the key to a brighter future. You can give your child all the luxuries in the world, but if they don’t know how to read then they have gained nothing.

Whats the most important trait you would like to develop in your child? If you´re like most parents, intelligence is probably at the top of your list. We all want bright and smart children which is why we spend so much time choosing the right schools and making sure teachers are exceeding expectations. But, remember as a parent you have the power to boost your children’s learning potential, simply by making books a part of your life.

Remember true love has no price. Good parents always make time no matter how tired, busy or sick they are.

Some advantages of reading:

  • Reading develops a value system in the child- child is able to discern from right and wrong.
  • Reading develops strong personalities.
  • It makes a child more knowledgeable.
  • It gives a child intellectual security.
  • Reading is the best form of bonding in any family. Our children are priceless in our eyes please lets give them the best we can. If you are not a member of the municipal library please join now its never too late.

Homework

Some of you may ask `what is homework. These are tasks set by the teacher for students to complete by themselves at home. Homework is important because it is at the intersection between home and school. It serves as a window through which you can observe your childs education and express positive attitudes towards your children and their education. The homework that is given is merely work that was done in class and then given to be handed in the following day. Homework is thoroughly explained to students on a daily basis.

Parents if you don’t know what is to be done please ask your child. In this way the student has a greater understanding of the work will be able to work at their pace, be more confident, work independently and responsibly.

Role of Parents

  • Limit after school activities to allow time for both homework and family activities.
  • Monitor television viewing.
  • Praise children’s efforts.
  • Assist your child but never do the work for the child. Parents who do the work for their children are defeating the purpose of homework. These children will always be scared, unsure of themselves, will not be independent, will not be responsible and will always depend on their parent for everything. All homework tasks must be completed and signed. All circulars that are sent home must be read and signed. Please do not remove the circulars from the books. Parents are required to visit the school at least once a term to discuss progress.

Correct Lunches

Children should be given healthy lunch, fruit and yogart. Children should also be encouraged to drink lots of water. Foods such as chips, cakes, biscuits, cool drinks, chocolates, juices, pies etc. are not allowed. The indulgence of these foods will only be allowed during cake sales and birthday parties.

Uniform and Personal Hygiene

Learners should dress casually for play activities. Tight fitting clothes and shoes are cumbersome and restrict the learner from getting maximum benefits from an activity. Do not worry if your child comes home dirty, this is part of their growing process. Avoid the use of gel. Ensure that your child has a face cloth and teach them to take care of it. Encourage them to wash their hands before they have their sandwiches, after they use the toilet and after they play with their toys or pets. Each child should be given a water bottle so that he/she does not leave the class to have a drink of water. In this way valuable teaching time is not lost. Nails must be short and clean and hair must be tied back and free of nits and lice.

Correct Channels of Communication

Parents are to report to the office first before going to the classrooms. All problems, queries should first be discussed with the principle or HOD before any confrontation with the teachers.

School Fees

School Fees are very important for the daily running of the school. Parents are to please pay your child’s school fees on time so that we can give him/her the quality of education that he/she deserves. All school fees that are paid in full before the end of march, receives a discount of R100.

Sponsorships

Our classes are in dire need of resources, since the funds from the department has not come in as yet. Please assist us by sponsoring whatever you can eg. paper, crayons, playdough, paint, pritt, pencils etc.

Your assistance in the above matter is greatly appreciated.

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