With the generous sponsorship of RAM Hand-to-Hand Couriers over the past couple of years SmartBrain has been able to help give the Grade R learners of Bellville South Primary School in Cape Town a solid foundation as they embark on their schooling.
These learners are from vulnerable, previously disadvantaged homes and many come from homes still stricken with poverty and social ills. The feedback from teachers as they confidently send these learners to Grade 1 has been overwhelmingly positive and SmartBrain has become a well-loved member of the Bellville South family.
With the Covid-19 pandemic offering significant challenges in delivering the programme since the 2nd term of 2020, we have invested significant resources into developing our online platform (seen in action below) to minimise the risk to staff, facilitators and learners. This platform has been implemented by SmartBrain in one-on-one sessions and in groups with great success over the past 9 months!
With the Coronavirus lockdown that came into effect in March 2020, we developed an online platform so that we could continue to help children throughout South Africa on their journey to become better readers and overcome learning difficulties.
We welcome Carla Meyer who has received training to be a SmartBrain facilitator for SmartBrain Vredendal and Lutzville. SmartBrain Bethlehem has also added four more facilitators to their team this January. In the front sits Nomthandazo Maseko and Reabetswe Mofokeng and at the back we have Salminah Mofokeng on the left and Natasha van der Westhuizen on the right.
SmartBrain Stella is aktief besig by Stella Kleuterskool om hierdie kleuters aan die SmartBrain Voorskoolse Leerprogram bloot te stel. Saam met die kindertjies is links, Salonica Cloete (SmartBrain Eienares) en regs, Yolanda de Kock, die hoof by Stella Kleuterskool. Hierdie 3 – 5 jariges ontvang die SmartBrainprogram 3 keer per week, vir 15 tot 20 minute per sessie. Een ma stuur ‘n opgewonde boodskap: “Poen het my vanoggend vertel van die renosters, so iets het vasgesteek.”
Navorsing in veld van neurowetenskap openbaar dat vroeë kinderontwikkeling die ideale tyd is om basiese lees en taalvaardighede aan te leer. Dit is die hoeveelheid taal waaraan ‘n kind tydens hierdie “venster van geleentheid” periode blootgestel word wat bepaal of kinders lewenslank gemotiveerde lesers gaan word of nie.
The new year is off to a good start when SmartBrain is actively being marketed all over South Africa. Head Office and centres alike are making an active effort to create awareness of the services and educational products SmartBrain has to offer:
Marketing table in Edenvale
SmartBrain presentation table at Bellpark Primary School, Bellville