Get your child ready for school

19 September 2017

Best Books, an imprint of NB Publishers and a division of Media 24 Boeke, have recently published an educational programme for children of the ages 18 months to five years old (Grade RR). This programme has been designed and developed according to the implemented National Curriculum Framework for Children from Birth to Four Years Old currently being used in pre-schools, crèches and day care centres.

The six learning areas covered in the programme are well-being; identity and belonging; communication; exploring mathematics; creativity and knowledge and understanding of the world.

This programme consists of an activity book for pre-schoolers (used by the child to learn while playing) and a manual (used by a parent, teacher or educator), and is available in English or Afrikaans. This programme has been developed to keep children busy while learning and developing fine motor skills.

New All-in-one Activity book for Pre-schoolers

The book helps children learn while playing in preparation for big school and includes:

  • full-colour 3-D and 2-D activities;
  • activities to develop practical skills;
  • activities to develop creativity and problem-solving skills; and
  • activities to develop fine and gross motor skills.

Children are encouraged to play and the fun & interactive activities develop their skills and coordination as well as help educators, practitioners, caregivers and parents introduce them to a variety of mediums such as paint, clay, natural resources (leaves/sand), etc., which they use to complete activities. All topics are supported in the Manual.

Follow these links for more information on the activities in the book:

*Manual for Pre-school Activities

A resource guide to help the parent, teacher or educator to teach the Early Learning and Development Areas (ELDAs, e.g. creativity, pre-mathematics to children aged 18 months to five years old.

The manual starts off with a spider diagram at the start of a new topic, daily circle activities with two supplementary activities, e.g. paper work or clay play, physical education activities (gross motor skill development) and five weekly stories. It comprises a “Cooking fun” activity in which the child creates topical edible objects and ends off with a puppet theatre story.

It includes:

  • activities using cheap materials;
  • topical lesson plans with 40 topics, such as “Me”, “My body”, “Hats”, “Farm animals”, “Healthy eating”, “Brushes”, “Marine animals”, etc.;
  • background information of the things the child will learn in the specific week;
  • activities for each day for each topic with a story about the topic;
  • ideas for assessment of the child’s skills (for example, if the child cannot cut straight, hints to help the parent or teacher teach the child how to do it); and
  • a year plan. 

*First manual in SA for teaching children in this age group.

For enquiries: Hevette le Grange – – 021 406-3414 / 083 234 5774

About the author
Mart Meij was a Foundation Phase teacher and a lecturer at the Normal College of Education in Pretoria (now part of University of Pretoria). She focuses on compiling text books and resources for Foundation Phase learners and teachers. She is an Early Childhood Development expert. She is the author and compiler of the New All-in-One and Nuwe Alles-in-Een series.