The seriousness of Storyplay

Writing the children’s own stories as they dictate them is integral to PRAESA’s Storyplay work. We adapt the storytelling and story acting curriculum of Vivian Gussin Paley as we try to create respectful spaces for children to be curious and imaginative learners. Such...

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Exploring words with Leo Lionni’s Frederick

PRAESA’s Storyplay work in the Ububele Story Schools Project takes place in crèches and grade R classrooms. Reading and writing progress among young children happens when they have regular and meaningful explorations with stories. Adults use storybooks as stimuli for...

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Learnings from young children – little dinosaur

Early childhood specialist NADIA LUBOWSKI co-ordinates PRAESA’s Storyplay initiatives. Here she shares some observations about her baby’s language learning process. One Sunday morning we had a family brunch together in Hout Bay at my mother’s place… as usual, some of...

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World Read Aloud Day with Mzansi Flair

Teaching children with great stories offers the chance to counter prejudice and bigotry, by encouraging empathy and nurturing a sense of justice. This is why we need to know what stories are available, choose carefully and use languages children understand. read more

Brain food for growing minds

In South Africa, most of the adults who spend time with children in their various capacities as parents, teachers, care­givers, adopters or custodians, do not regularly read aloud to them. And even if they do, with repeated readings of favourite storybooks, most can’t sustain the activity long enough for it to become a habit. read more

Q&A with Carole Bloch

The aim of the Q&A series is to get an inside look into some of South Africa’s leading education academics, policy-makers and activists. This is the twenty-third interview in the series. Carole Bloch is Director of PRAESA. read more

Are we teaching reading wrong?

With our schools buckling under the weight of too many children and too few resources, Grethe Koen looks into the South African civil organisations teaching our kids how to read. read more