THIS PROGRAMME HAS 2 DIMENSIONS:
1) BE ACTIVE
Spend your afternoons playing, surfing, chilling, being with friends, walking on the beach, skateboarding, riding your bicycle, enjoying sport.
2) BE A READER
Spend at least 20 minutes a day reading a book
5 days a week - in your home language
2 days a week - in your first additional language
The school leadership has partnered with the students. They read and the Leadership will make sure that no teacher assigns homework.
As we have questioned the purpose of homework as a learning tool, the Melkbosstrand Private Primary School, Grade 1-7, has moved away from traditional Homework and embarked on a new programme called Active Readers.
So let’s get active and let’s start reading.
For the children who find reading hard, parents are encouraged to read to them. There is nothing nicer than being read to. Take the time to read to your child. Gently shift the activity to PAIRED READING when the child reads a few sentences then nudges the parent to continue. After a few lines the parent nudges the child to read a few sentences.
This can become a great bonding experience before bedtime.
Don’t forget the graphic novels for those who are not avid readers. Graphic novel is a fancy word for a comic. Comics are great reading starters. The picture and the speech bubble provide enough graphic input to spark the learner's imagination and encourages them to attack the words.
Grade 1 learners will bring home their sight words.
Play games with the sight words so that the children can build up stories using the words they are learning. Again - it is not homework. Place the words on a table and start telling a story. As the story uses a sight word, slide it away from the group of words and focus on it. Then put the words back and tell the story again and see if your child can find the word as the story unfolds.
Remember, they are looking at symbols and patterns in the process of decoding the meaning. It takes a while, but when they get it - they get it!
As we Re-imagine Schooling at MPS - let’s make learning fun.
Homework is out - Active Readers are IN!
Twice a year we will still write Formal Assessments.
This will be a week of learning a Survival Skill for High School and Varsity. It is not a Life Skill. After your Bachelor’s degree you never write another examination in your life!
During this time we will teach your child how to study. The rest of the assessment requirements during the term will be done without preparation. After all - assessment should be FEEDBACK on mastery, not Grading. Instant feedback is essential to develop skills, concepts, attitudes and values.
As we reduce the high level of anxiety in our children and create a thinking space, we prepare a cohort of future adults who are competent, confident, creative and calm.