A couple of months ago, we were invited to check out Spotlite Education’s Adventure Phonics Program. And honestly, the timing couldn’t have been better, what with Ava in the process of repeating Grade R and Hannah starting out with speech therapy.
I was so impressed with the program and my girls had so much fun trying it out that this happened:
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Yip, Ava and Hannah, a long with a handful of other kids were chosen as Ambassadors for the Adventure Phonics program and as a result my girls have been attending weekly. Their progress has astounded me, especially Hannah, she is now able to recognize and say all the letters of the alphabet and Ava is thriving, she’s already moved onto the reading phase of the program, her writing and spelling have also shown improvement now that she has a complete understanding of the alphabet.
Adventure Phonics is a game based program aimed at pre-schoolers and primary school learners, designed to help learners master the art of reading. Using fun and interactive games, learners master the art of basic literacy skills and spelling. They are also endorsed by the Department of Education, South African Qualifications Authority, speech therapists and it recently won a Proudly South African award for Best Innovative Product.
It’s no secret and research has proven this time and again, that kids learn best in a play based environment and this is exactly what Ava & Hannah have experienced through this program, they love it and look forward to each session they attend. The teachers are fantastic too! And we’ve had no complaints or whining from the girls over attending a session.
The program has been piloted at a school here on the West Rand and by the end of the 4 weeks, all of the learners were able to read!
Based in Midrand, the center operates Monday’s to Friday’s from 13h00 to 18h00 and Saturday’s from 09h00 to 13h0 so they’re able to accommodate kids with working parents. Classes generally happen twice a week for about 50 minutes at a time.