18 June 2021 (Edition 15)

Happy birthday to the following children who have their special days in the next month!

Jan 21, 2022
  • Khwezi Nkosi

    Jan 21, 2022

Nothing from Jan 15, 2022 to Feb 15, 2022.

Activities for the Week

Introduce letter/sound
F, f (frog)
Look around the house for objects starting with “f”
Auditory memory:
– say 4 words
– let your child repeat all 4 words in the correct order
Introduce number 14. Separate counters into a group of 10 and add 4
10 + 4 = 14
In the Wild

Explore why we need to prevent animals from becoming extinct
Imitate animals’ movement
– Run like a lion
– Hop like a kangaroo

Theme for the week: In the Wild

Parent feedback sessions

Term 2 Reports will be issued on Monday 5th July.  The Teacher/ Parent feedback sessions will take place on Tuesday 6th and Wednesday 7th of July.  Please book an appointment with your child’s Educator. It is important to have this one-on-one time with the Educator to discuss your child’s progress in Grade 0. The Parent/ Educator contact has unfortunately not been as frequent as it was pre Covid-19. There will be 15-minute slots available starting from 14h30 – 18h00. Please be punctual as this enables the Educators to stick to the allocated times.


We request all our BOFS families to keep our school safe. Masks are compulsory at all times for all staff and children. Please reinforce the wearing of masks with your child. It has been gazetted that all children 6 years and under are required to wear masks at school and anywhere in public. Please explain to your child that their mask needs to worn covering their mouth and nose. Please also place a spare mask in your child’s bag.

If your child has been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case of COVID -19 as a direct/close contact you should seek medical advice regarding the child’s exposure and the child is required to self-isolate for a period of 10 Days.

Thank you for your co-operation in this regard.

The Value of Story telling and reading to children

The widespread use of technology trickles down to the youngest members of our society. In our digital world of today it is important to realise the effect of cell phones and smart phones on a child’s growth and development. They affect social and emotional development. Using a smartphone or iPad to pacify a child may also impede their ability to learn self-recognition, according to scientific research. Researchers also found that routine and frequent use of mobile devices appear to be associated with behavioral problems in childhood. Screen time takes away from learning and physical play.

7 Reasons Why reading is so important for Young Children

Did you know that even before children can speak, they like when you read to them? Lots of studies confirm the many benefits of reading to children regardless of their age. It teaches them to listen and speak and interact with the world around them. As a parent, these are some of the reasons that it is important to read to young children.

Reading is Bonding

When they are young and you take time to stop, hold them on your lap, or lie next to them in bed and read, you’re sending a powerful message of what’s important to you and your child! The lyrical quality of your voice as you relate tales of astronauts, princesses, bunnies, and even the moon, is magical to be in physical contact with your child. You forge a connection that lasts a lifetime.

Learn and Emulate Speech and Affect

Whether you’re the big bag wolf, or the frightened Little Red Riding Hood, your voice teaches your child the powerful effect of words and language. Young children learn how to pronounce words and evoke emotion. When something is suspenseful, your voice lets them know even before you hit the climax. Something’s happy? Sad? Funny? Reading teaches the range of human feelings and a bit about being a good actor.

Increased Vocabulary

The more you read to a child, the more their vocabulary will expand. There’s a lot of evidence that the measure of a young child’s vocabulary has an impact on their future learning. One study found that young children with large vocabularies entered the school environment better prepared to succeed in school. They were ahead of their peers in academics and behaviour expectations.

Academic Excellence

Learners who develop an ability and love for reading at an early age do better in school. They learn how to understand the story arcs and comprehension, which they can transfer to textbooks down the academic road. They also learn critical thinking skills, abstract concepts, logic, cause and effect rationale, and the importance of good judgement. For children face-to-face interactions are the primary ways they gain knowledge and learn.

Love for Knowledge

People who are avid readers are more able, confident, and curious. They learn at an early age that if you want to learn something, all you need to do is read. What starts off in picture storybooks can turn to more focused passion in art, literature, music, math, science, and more. A spark of curiosity—and ability to understand how to find answers through reading—is at the heart of a great career and a great life.

Bigger World View

Readers experience amazing, mystical places. They can set off on the seas to far ports of call or step back in time and visit ancient people and places. They can travel through space or deep into mythical marvels of the imagination. Young readers can meet people who are a lot like them, or not at all. They can take trips to Russia and China and Africa and even the Antarctic. It’s a wide world—and books can give readers a glimpse of it all.

Better Communication Skills

All that reading and understanding also result in people who are better able to communicate throughout their childhood and into adulthood. Did you know that communication remains among the top skills that employers look for when they hire? Reading to your child today can set them up for a life of confidence, success, and happiness.

Grades 1 – 3 for 2022

As you are aware the process for applying to the GDE for Grade 1 is all done online. The dates for the application process are 25 June to 25 July 2021. Please use the link below to access their website and see the relevant information. This is only for applications at government schools. https://www.gdeadmissions.gov.za

We are expanding and offering Grades 1 – 3 next year, providing an individualised approach. Please contact us on admin@bryanstongrade0.co.za if you are interested. We will have small classes with personalised attention.


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