By - Dale Wyngaard

Exploring colours using soft pastels

Children love messy play. They enjoy playing in sand, mixing water and mud, squishing and squeezing things with their hands and often getting with their whole bodies involved in the process. It is a wonderful delight to observe children exploring the world through their senses and getting in touch with their bodies.   This week we explored colours using soft pastels

By - Dale Wyngaard

Learning through play at Funimfundo Pre-school

During the past week the Grade R learners at Funimfundo Pre-school at Die Kop just outside of Stanford were guided by teacher Nandipha and Occupational Therapist, Regina, through some body awareness activities. The group did body tracing, identifying and painting the different body parts in colours of their choice. We talked about emotions and the children had to find and

By - Dale Wyngaard

Sensory Paintings at Creative Works Early Learning Program

Educating children through the senses is a focus in all our programs. It is an effective way to reach and teach the young child holistically and is also lots of fun. This week our early learners at Die Bron Primary made their own sensory paint. We used flour, water, a little oil and a variety of spices such as turmeric, cinnamon,

By - Dale Wyngaard

Creative Works joins the Herfsfees in Stanford

The Easter Holidays were full of fun as we prepared for Herfsfees, a music festival with workshops and a parade. The Creative Works team made costumes for the children who wanted to join the parade that started off the festival on Friday, 6 April.   The days that led up to the festival were spent making costumes and preparing the

By - Dale Wyngaard

Skills Development Group at Die Bron Primary in Stanford

Our grade 1 learners have been practicing their skills over the past term via a variety of creative activities. The focus for the first term was on getting to know each other and creating a group atmosphere where everyone feels comfortable and confident to express themselves freely. How can we enhance self expression and communication when working with young children?

By - Dale Wyngaard

Parents Workshop at Die Bron Primary in Stanford

Parents are their children’s first teacher and therefore in our programs we put a lot of emphasis on not only our work with the children but also with the parents. In collaboration with the Die Bron School team we offered a Parents Workshop with the theme, How to enhance children’s fine motor skills at home. The parents made educational equipment

By - Dale Wyngaard

Exploring our world through smell and taste

Learning and exploring the world around us through the senses is the main focus in the first term of the year in our Early Learning Program. Children develop and build up their skills set by interacting with the material, as well as the social and natural world around them. They learn to experience themselves as part of the environment by exploring

By - Dale Wyngaard

Exploring Colour with Emphasis on the Process

The overall theme for the creative workshops in the first term of this year is exploring colour through a variety of activities and techniques. That means mixing colour, painting, pasting, eating food of different colours, moving with colours and creating mood paintings with colour as we did in our last creative extra mural session in the Stanford community hall. The

By - Dale Wyngaard

Welcome to the New Year

The beginning of a new year in an educational setting is always an exciting time as we meet many new children that join our workshops and programs. The past few weeks have been a time for reflection on the past year and planning for the New Year. It is a time to stop and take note, evaluate the activities we have

By - Dale Wyngaard

The beauty of creating with one’s own hands

We use play dough and clay on a regular basis when working with children. Our aim is always to enhance fine motor skills, specifically hand strength, coordination and dexterity in preparation for writing in school.   Besides all the life skills that the young child can learn from those activities there is also something quite profound happening. We create something

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