|IN OUR JANUARY EDITION:|
January just about blew us away… we reopened our after schools and the children just came flooding in! Where we were expecting 50 new children, we got 72… where we were expecting 80 children, we got 102 …, 94 expected, 114 arrived - and so the year began. Of course we are ecstatic about the numbers – we must be doing something right! We are happy to be helping so many children in need of our support. It does mean more project facilitators are needed, more resources, more food, more work. So thank goodness we like to keep moving here at the Anna Foundation because surely we don’t have time to sit around thinking about it: Let’s get going – our help is needed ☺
Welcome back to our newsletters. We look forward to sharing our stories with you throughout the year.
3 R's News: Growing Great Readers
On the education side of things, our current training sessions focus on teaching facilitators how to use a visual text to develop the language skills that children need to grow into confident and independent readers and writers.
Through a variety of language activities facilitators are being equipped to help the children to develop and consolidate a more comprehensive vocabulary, build/write more interesting sentences, and read the very important high–frequency/sight words.The visual text we are using is a colourful, attention-grabbing poster. Oral prompts displayed around the poster help to generate interesting discussions, and encourage children to wonder and think about things they see in the poster.
Engaging in a discussion and thinking, are very important elements in the development of language skills in children and through this exercise we strive to strengthen the development of vocabulary and language structure awareness.
More from the 3 R's: Drama Developments
The Cape Wine Auction: What a Lot We Got!
We are incredibly proud to be one of the beneficiaries of the AfrAsia Cape Wine Auction 2016 and this year we're even more proud to be adding value to one of the best lots available, namely "The Ultimate Week In Robertson Wine Country With The Anna Foundation". Including a visit to one of our projects, we've teamed up with Weltevrede Graham Beck Wines, De Wetshof Estate, Springfield Estate and Die Laaitjie to give bidders an experience like no other! Take a look at what this amazing week entails ►
Online bidding is currently open while a Barrel Auction and Live Auction will take place on 12 and 13 February respectively.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us this month!