The iKhaya After School Care Program is a holistic and highly structured, intensive support program that helps children to grow in confidence, recover from trauma and improve academically. We have a high staff to child ratio to ensure that children can receive individual attention when needed. We also support families to ensure that the family unit stays intact.
When the students arrive they receive homework help, this runs concurrently with recreational time during which they can choose games, sports or any other activity. At times a teacher will initiate a game or song to engage all the children at the same time.
We have a 90 minute structured program, beginning with a Bible/ Prayer time and followed by an academic subject. All the creative arts such as art, drama, music and dance are explored within the context of the academic. The program has to be flexible, according to the needs of the children and the the volunteers available at the time.
Our service also includes holiday clubs, youth camps, special events and outings that provide an opportunity for enrichment not usually available to the children. Outings are held once/term for all 90 children and the youth camp is held annually for 30 children.
The academic subjects we cover are :
English – A-Z phonics, grammar, reading, writing and comprehension. Taught using analysis of literature, encouraging higher thinking and development of vocabulary. Students in the grade 1and 2 class receive individual academic support through the use of the Wordworks literacy program by committed volunteers, as needed.
Mathematics x 2 /week – taught indoors, outdoors, concrete, abstract, Simply Maths workbooks, targeting maths on computers, mental maths, through cooking and a variety of games including flashcards. We strive to follow the CAPS philosophy of Maths education mentioned below.
‘The teaching and learning of Mathematics aims to develop the following in the learner:
- critical awareness of how mathematical relationships are used in social, environmental, cultural and economic relations
- confidence and competence to deal with any mathematical situation without being hindered by a fear of Mathematics
- a spirit of curiosity and a love of Mathematics;
- appreciation for the beauty and elegance of Mathematics
- recognition that Mathematics is a creative part of human activity
- deep conceptual understanding in order to make sense of Mathematics
- acquisition of specific knowledge and skills necessary for:
- the application of Mathematics to physical, social and mathematical problems
- the study of related subject matter (e.g. other subjects) and further study in Mathematics.
To develop essential mathematical skills the learner should:
- develop the correct use of the language of Mathematics
- develop number vocabulary, number concept and calculation and application skills
- learn to listen, communicate, think, reason logically and apply the mathematical knowledge gained
- learn to investigate, analyse, represent and interpret information
- learn to pose and solve problems
- build an awareness of the important role that Mathematics plays in real-life situations, including the personal development of the learner.’
Science – beginning knowledge, vocabulary, comprehension, reading and writing, hands-on for e.g. growing their own vegetables, nature walks and science-related craft/ art activities. Exposure to a broad range of non-fiction literature.
Life-Skills – CAPS-based curriculum, reading/ writing, drama, teamwork, problem-solving, leadership skills and responding to real-life situations. Focus on HIV/AIDS education, emotional intelligence and physical well-being. Book buddies program – older students read to younger ones, building relationship and responsibility.
Xhosa – phonics, grammar, reading, writing and comprehension. Also includes oral work and writing of poetry.
Developmental skills – this subject is aimed at the Grade 1 and 2 class and focuses on preparing the student for literacy and numeracy. An example would be developing fine motor skills (writing) by an activity such as cutting. Other areas essential to a child’s successful development would be gross motor skills, spatial awareness and eye-hand co-ordination.