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Over the past 30 years we have helped thousands of learners, not only in South Africa, but worldwide. Below are snippets of a few of the commentaries and praises we received during this time.
Some of our programs are exported but the newest, latest and best techniques and methods are used and presented exclusively at the Edublox clinics.
Reading is regarded as the most important skill that a child must acquire at school, because one must learn to read in order to be able to read to learn. Good reading skills — it goes without saying that spelling and writing are included — are therefore the foundation of and a prerequisite to learning success in school, as well as a condition for career success later in life.
Reading is a gift that endures for life. Reading difficulties, on the other hand, can have destructive emotional effects, and what awaits the child outside the school gates is often a dismal future. According to Stanovich, not only do poor readers retain their low position in the achievement hierarchy, but they actually become more discrepant from good readers over time; hence the "poor get poorer and rich get richer" allusion.
The mission of Edublox is therefore to improve children’s learning ability — and especially their reading ability — so that they can experience the pleasure of achievement.
Although there are several learning principles that are of importance, one fundamental principle is that human learning does not take place on a single level, but is a stratified process. This characteristic is worldwide accepted as a didactic principle. The way in which the school system throughout the whole world is organised is an acknowledgement of this. One cannot send a child to university first. He must start in the first class and then progress year after year to the higher levels of education. Unless he has mastered a sufficient amount of the knowledge to form a firm enough base on which to build the knowledge of the following year, he will not make progress in the next class.
Another simple and practical example is the fact that one has to learn to count before it becomes possible to learn to add and subtract. Suppose one tried to teach a child, who had not yet learnt to count, to add and subtract. This would be quite impossible, and no amount of effort would ever succeed in teaching the child to add and subtract. This shows that counting is a skill that must be mastered before it becomes possible to learn to do calculations.
This means that there is a sequence that is to be observed in teaching. Certain things have to be taught first, before it becomes possible to teach other things.
The main objective at Edublox is to develop and practise the skills that underlie reading, spelling, writing, and learning as such. Skills include, but are not limited to:
By storing these foundational skills in the subconscious mind they become automatic. At the same time learners are given opportunities to apply these foundational skills in practice. The outcome is improved reading and learning ability, which leads to improved academic performance, simultaneously building the learner's self-image and improving his self-image. We thus create a basis for lifelong learning.
Successful intervention is dependent on finding the cause or causes of a problem. Most problems can only be solved if one knows their causes. A disease such as pellagra, also called the disease of the four D's — dermatitis, diarrhoea, dementia and death — took the lives of thousands in the Southern states of America during the early part of the twentieth century. Today, pellagra is virtually unknown because we know that it is caused by a vitamin B3 deficiency.
The first step is therefore to determine the cause or causes of the learner's difficulties, which is determined through a two-hour assessment. After the assessment the results are discussed with the parents and recommendations are made, based on the nature and degree of the problem.
Usually, one class per week, combined with home-work of a few minutes per day, is recommended. Classes are presented in the afternoons, Mondays to Thursdays, and on Saturdays; each class is 1½ hours long.
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Naturally. Just like an athletic child will benefit from judicious training and exercise, the intellectually talented child will benefit from cognitive training, and can develop into a "great mental athlete".
Home programs that will address the learners' specific needs are recommended after the assessment in cases where parents are unable to transport learners to the classes.
You may also wish to consider our intensive holiday courses.