How you can prepare your child for Grade R?

Children grow very fast. Before you know it they’ll be old enough to start schooling and the question remains; are you ready?

In South Africa, Grade R is the entry year into the foundation phase of primary schooling. Children between four or five years of age are eligible to enter Grade R.

We spoke to Dr Naseema Shaik, a lecturer in Language Education at Cape Peninsula University of Technology, about getting children ready for Grade R.

Dr Shaik conducted research into how Grade R teachers understood child participation and how it was implemented in their classrooms.

Why is Grade R important?

  • Beginning year of foundation phase

  • Vital to children’s learning

  • It focuses on the holistic development

  • It contributes to children’s later success

Listen to the full conversation on the Pippa Hudson Show with Africa Melane:


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