TJ & PALS " MOBILE CLASSROOM "
The Early Education Foundation's TJ & Pals Learn English / Learn Zulu / Blended
Curricula early childhood learning educational programme is unique; it combines
Language Learning with Learning the Essential Preschool Curricula Skills that
are vital for a child's development.
The programme is a three year program. It can work as a stand-alone preschool
programme - or it could supplement a Preschool or Grade R's daily standard
Preschool Year 1: For children ages 3 - 4
Preschool Year 2: For children ages 4 - 5
Grade R - Year 3: For children ages 5 - 6
The programme is designed in a way that children who have not had any early
childhood education can:
* Effectively learn in their mother language - either English or Zulu
* Learn to speak a second language - either English or Zulu.
* At the same time, acquire all the essential Preschool Curricula and Life Skills
they will need to succeed in their further education.
The full Preschool and Grade R three year " Mobile Classroom" programme
consists of 80 x Interactive and Active Class Lessons - preloaded into
tablets and classroom smartscreens.
Year 1 Level 1 consists of 40 lessons - with each lesson containing
5 learning modules:
An Interactive GAME
An Interactive ACTIVITY
An Interactive HOW - TO
An Active ACTIVITY
An AUDIO STORY or AUDIO eBOOK
An ANIMATED VIDEO or ACTIVE ROLE MODEL GAME
Year 2 Level 2 consists of 40 x more advanced lessons, again with
5 advanced learning modules - as above.
In addition to the children learning INDIVIDUALLY, or through PEER TO PEER TEACHING,
there are 80 x Active GROUP ACTIVITIES, e.g. Sing Alongs, Dance Alongs,
Role Model Games, as well as TJ's Gym Classes.
Year 3 Level 3 designed for children in Grade R - we have added a third, more
advanced, learning level to the 80 x 5 module lessons above.
For those children in Grade R that had no prior preschool education - the full three
level programme is ideal for them to catch up at home - or with an extra curricula
The key to effective learning, especially when also learning a language,
is REPETITION . Young children love repeating activities that they enjoy -
especially stories, videos and games.
By REPEATING each year's 40 x 5 module lessons and 40 group activities, with
their English or Zulu words and phrases plus specific curricula skills - again and
again and again, it helps each child effectively retain what they have learned.
If a child needs, or wants to increase the time he or she learns with
TJ & Pals, each teacher/ facilitator has the option to increase the time each
child spends learning on the programme.
In an average 240 days, in the S.A. Kindergarten year, based on 5 hours per day
x 5 days a week - there are 1,200 hours of English and or Zulu Learning PLUS
Blended Curricula Learning.
Xhosa, Afrikaans and other language versions of the programme are planned to