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hyperactivity-clipart-toonvectors-11797-140Does my child have ADHD or not?

AUGUST 23, 2015  *  MARTIE JANSE VAN RENSBURG

ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a term that has been flung around quite loosely by lay people. Every time a child presents with concentration problems the diagnosis of ADHD immediately presents itself as an easy route to a possible solution, because all you now have to do is to consult a doctor for a prescription of meds. But the whole arena of concentration problems is far more complex than what is commonly perceived.  read more button

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Ruling out possible factors causing concentration problems

SEPTEMBER 04, 2015  *  MARTIE JANSE VAN RENSBURG

hyperactivity pic2In my previous blog I've mentioned some of the elements that may contribute to concentration problems and why it is important to first consider them before consulting a medical professional.  In this blog I'll discuss each one of these points in more depth.

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How to provide structure to your child's school work

SEPTEMBER 09, 2015  *  MARTIE JANSE VAN RENSBURG

homework2Many children who experience concentration problems also lack structuring skills when it comes to school work.  As a matter of fact all young children, especially foundation phase children in primary school, need structure to help them organise better, have more control over the tasks they have to do and experience a sense of calmness and competence.  read more button

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Meetings in 2014

* 10 April 2014

Progressive Phonics Program

 

The exercises on this webpage are currently only for the learners in the remedial class at Northridge Primary School.  They need unlock keys to be accessed.  Please read carefully through the following instructions that pertain to all the exercises below it:

 

Please read through the following instructions carefully:

1.  Please download the program exercises on the computer that the learner is going to use, since the unlock key that I will send you locks the program to a specific computer.  You will not be able to transfer the program to another computer after it has been unlocked on the first computer.

2.  Contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for the serial number.  Please make sure that you include your child's name, surname and class in this first email.  I will send you the unlock key as soon as you've entered the serial number and send me the email as prompted by the software program. 

3.  Note that you need PowerPoint 2010 or a newer version to be able to use these exercises effectively.  It is a known fact that the voice recordings in the program does not work in PowerPoint 2007 for example.

4.  When a window appears on opening an exercise asking if macros should be enabled, please do so to let the program work properly. 

5.  On the cover page of every exercise you will see a button saying Instructions to Facilitators in the top left hand corner of the page.  Click on it to gain more understanding regarding the objective and implementation of the exercise.  The First Time User button in the top left hand corner of the cover page is only necessary if the learner has never done any exercises in the Progressive Phonics Program and it is the very first time being exposed to a specific exercise.

6.  Please follow the exercises in the program according to their numerical order.  After you have done a specific exercise e.g. Sight Words 11 - 20, you can download the next exercise as soon as it is available on this webpage.  Visit this page regularly for updates.

7.  This program does not contain viruses.  When you get a message saying: "Windows Smartscreen prevented an unrecognised application from starting.  Running this application might put your PC at risk.", please click on "more info" (as indicated by the red arrow in the first image below) and after that click on "run anyway" (as indicated by the red arrow in the second image below).

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 This is the first exercise in the Progressive Phonics Program (PPP).  It teaches the letters, sounds (phonics) and associated keyword pictures of all the single consonants (b, c, d, f, g, h, j, k, l, m, n, p, q, r, s, t, v, w, x, y, z) and short vowels (a, e, i, o, u).  This is an essential step in learning how to build words and also aids tremendously in the recognition of words when reading takes place.  Make sure that the learner knows all components of this exercise well before advancing to the next exercises.

 

 

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In this exercise the learner is introduced to 10 sight words.  They are: am, can, do, go, her, him, it, my, put, you.  The various sections of the exercise are as follows:

1.  Introduction to these 10 words - the meaning of the words are explained, their phonological structure are shown and there is an opportunity for the learner to write the words and then check that they've written them correctly.

2.  The learner practices building the words on the computer.

3.  The learner writes the words from memory.

4.  The learner reads the words at various flash rates.

5.  The words are also incorporated in sentences that the learner build on the computer.  In this section the learner is only expected to recognise the words to build a sentence.  The sentences contain consonant-vowel-consonant words to which they should have been exposed already.

6.  The learner also builds the sentences letter by letter, thus creating a challenge to portray his/her skills of full phonological analysis of the words.

7.  The sentences are written down.

8.  The sentences are read at various flash word rates.

 


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icon for website - bl and br words - Exercise 1In this exercise the learner learns how to write and read words starting with the bl- and br- blends.  The words contained in this exercise are:  blab, blip, blob, blog, blot, brag, bran, brat, brim.  All of the exercises have detailed instructions for the facilitator that can be accessed from the cover page of each exercise.  Please make sure that you read through the instructions first before starting with the learner.

This exercise contains all of the 8 sections mentioned in the Sight Words 11 - 20 exercise description above pertaining to bl- and br- words, sight words contained in the sentences, as well as the sentences section.