By - Dale Wyngaard

Building puzzles, building skills at Stanford Creative Works

Many children we see in our school-based program have difficulties with their visual perception skills. This means that information that is received through the eyes and sent to the brain is not processed in a way that makes sense. Conseqeuntly children reverse letters, and have irregular writting patterns or struggle to read fluently. For visual perceptual skills to be used

By - Dale Wyngaard

Our theme of body awareness and working through the senses continues

Body awareness is essential as our bodies are the base from which we experiencing everything else. Body awareness means the understanding of one’s own body, the location of the different body parts as well as how they relate to each other. An example is when we execute everyday movement such as climbing up stairs or running over a meadow coordinating

By - Dale Wyngaard

It’s the little things that count

The term is coming to an end. While reflecting on the past few months and all the children, activities and programs that we did, I ask myself what stands out. Our programs have a common goal and that is to support with passion and love the young child in her or his holistic development. What really stands out for me is

By - Dale Wyngaard

Working with paper mache at Funimfundo Pre-school

This week we guided the children through the process of making paper mache bowls. This activity engages the senses as well as the hands and eyes and the children have to coordinate both hands while plastering the ballon with newspaper. Offering whole activities – an activity that has a beginning middle and outcome – is a wonderful process for children

By - Dale Wyngaard

Sensory Games at Stanford Creative Works (SCW)

This week our focus was all about the senses.  Learning through the senses is a core pillar of our early learning program.  We stimulate the senses via games such as tactile or auditory memory.  Let the children touch and experience a variety of textures and enhance the taste buds by offering different fruit. Vegetables and other exciting tastes that the

Movement Workshop for Teachers in Stanford
By - Dale Wyngaard

Movement Workshop for Teachers in Stanford

On the 16 May 2017, Die Bron school in Stanford hosted a movement workshop for teachers in the town of Stanford. Teachers from different schools and community organisations attended and it was a fun filled afternoon with lots of movement and laughter where teachers had the chance to let loose and be children again. Regina Broenner facilitated activities from, “Movements

By - Dale Wyngaard

Stanford Creative Works (SCW) – Shapes and Lines

This week we explored shapes and lines in our early learning program. This enabled the children to understand letters for reading and writing activities in school. They need to acquire a set of skills. One of them is to understand and internalize colours and shapes as well as horizontal and vertical lines. We explored the different shapes in a variety

By - Dale Wyngaard

Chris Chameleon performs at Stanford Hills Estate

Stanford had the great privilege of welcoming Chris Chameleon to Stanford on Saturday, 29 April. He was invited to run a workshop with the Die Bron Primary School Choir, and assist them in getting two of his songs performance-ready. The workshop was a joint intiative by Skills Exchange Co-operative (SEC) and Stanford Creative Works (SCW), two community-based organisations in Stanford.

Stanford Creative Works (SCW) at the VIVA Art Festival in Botrivier
By - Dale Wyngaard

Stanford Creative Works (SCW) at the VIVA Art Festival in Botrivier

The VIVA township art festival has come to Botrivier on Freedom Day 27th of April.  The VIVA team invited us to participate in their first VIVA art festival in the Botrivier community.  The festival took place at the primary school and our SCW team spent the morning offering creative workshops for the children attending the festival activities. As you can

Stanford Creative Works (SCW) and the Children’s Book Network (CBN)
By - Dale Wyngaard

Stanford Creative Works (SCW) and the Children’s Book Network (CBN)

Once more we collaborated with the Children’s Book Network (CBN) for their workshop about local heroes on the 22 April 2017. We had a wonderful collaboration with Children’s Book Network (CBN) during our December holiday program in 2016 and were blessed to have Lesley Beake facilitating 2 days of reading with our children. We started our day with body tapping..it