Note the influence of hills! The story on the left has three taxi’s in a race. The last taxi sees he is losing because he is loaded down with baggage. He removes it and the passengers cry, “NOOO!”
Author Matthew Kalil visited Jujurha Preschool and read his lastest book, Helga’s Splash, to the children. They were fascinated that the ‘visitor’ read the book in English and their teacher also read it in Xhosa.
A discussion followed about ‘What does an author do?’ We have set up an Authors Table where children can draw their own pictures. Their teacher will then annotate it with written words. This is an important activity in emergent literacy.
Because we had already set up all the hardware and had sorted the logistics to run the Mathsbuddy programme at No-ofisi Primary, we thought it would be a wonderful opportunity to leverage our resources and offer the teachers computer lessons at the same time.
Having spent a considerable amount of time trying to find the best computer programme for access to the Mathematics School Curriculum from Grade 1 to 12, we decided on Mathsbuddy. This interactive online programme supplements the mathematics classroom work, assisting teachers and keeping learners interested and entertained while they are learning.
Over the past few years, the BI has worked with the CSIR (Council for Scientific and Industrial) and DrinC (manufacturers of the Nazava-style water filter) in the development of a cost-effective water filter for use in rural households without access to potable water.