Personal Development & Parenting

Via Afrika Improve your Child's Reading

Course Fee R799.00

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What this course is about?

Every parent can have a positive effect on their children’s reading ability. If you are willing to support your child’s literacy development, this course is for you – even if you feel that you do not know enough about how children learn how to read or acquire literacy. The aim of this course is to equip parents with a better understanding of the reading process so that they can create conditions at home that are more favourable for their child’s reading development. 

Who should be doing this course?

Ideally suited for parents of children in the Foundation Phase who want to support their child’s literacy and reading development at home and who want their children to become lifelong learners.

Learning outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • be able to create conditions at home that are more favourable for their child’s reading development
  • have a better understanding of the reading process
  • know that reading is a complex brain process
  • understand that reading develops through different developmental stages
  • understand the importance of language for reading development
  • realise that there are crucial developmental factors for early reading development
  • be able to identify environmental reasons for reading challenges in children
  • know that physiological factors have an influence on reading development
  • know what a text is
  • understand the difference between fiction, informational texts and fiction based on facts
  • know the important elements of a story (fiction)
  • be able to expose their child to different text types
  • know why it is important to use good language to talk to their baby
  • understand why a child’s exposure to books from a very young age is vital
  • be able to read, tell and make up stories as part of their daily routine with their child
  • understand what phonemes are and why phonemic awareness is so important for early reading
  • know how reading is taught when their child enters school
  • understand how young readers use print information to start reading
  • realise what an important role the prior knowledge of the reader plays during the reading process
  • know which strategies are used to link prior knowledge to text information
  • understand that fluent reading is important for independent reading
  • know what a continuous text is and why independent readers must be able to read continuous texts
  • be able to provide their child with strategies that will help him or her to read more efficiently
  • know and use several thinking skills that will help to improve their child’s reading comprehension and can help their child with reading to learn

HOW YOUR COURSE MARK IS CALCULATED?

Your course is mark is calculated using the average mark obtained in each of the Chapter tests. In order to pass this course, you must obtain a final course mark of at least 50%. This means that even if you fail a few of the chapter tests, if your test marks in the other chapter tests are high enough you will still be able to pass the course. Good Luck!

Study at your own pace!

We’ve created our courses to suit your busy life! The duration of this course is based on a student guide where one 300 – 500 word article is read per day, and the assessment is done on a separate day after the relevant articles have been reviewed. But you can do the course in your own time and at your own pace. If you choose to do two readings per day, it will take you half of the estimated time, four readings per day means doing the course in a quarter of the time etc. We leave that decision up to you!

In the 6 chapters of this course you'll be covering the following areas:

CHAPTER 1 Parents who know better, can help better
CHAPTER 2 Why do some children find it difficult to read?
CHAPTER 3 Books, stories, papers and texts
CHAPTER 4 Parents as emergent literacy partners
CHAPTER 5 Learning to read
CHAPTER 6 Reading to learn
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Via Afrika

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Via Afrika partners with authors who are leading educationalists, including teachers, academics and Department of Education officials. This partnership enables Via Afrika to develop learning materials that make a difference.
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Professor Elsamari Botha

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