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I would like to thank you and your teachers from the bottom of my heart for walking the extra mile with Chanté. Last year, when I went to meet with you, my shoulders were sagging under the heart-ache of not knowing what to do for my little girl. Her words were: “Mommy, I can’t’, ‘Mommy I am stupid.”
After your assessment I understood the problem, and we began with the lessons. In the beginning she was reluctant, because she preferred playing at home. Luckily she soon realized how much Edublox is helping her to understand her school work. I’ll never forget that weekend, nine months after having started Edublox, when she spontaneously picked up a book and started reading! By the end of that weekend she had read 11 books!
This was the beginning of full marks for comprehension tests, first in Afrikaans and later in English. Her words had changed to “Mommy I can”, and “Mom, I am actually clever”. After three tearful years, she was also accepted into the senior choir. By this time her listening skills were well developed and her auditory memory such that she could remember a tune! Chanté had started to blossom, in many more areas than her school work!
Now, after a year, I am sad at the thought that we are not going to visit you every week.
I am proud to say Chanté’s first Grade 4 report card boasts over 80% for most of her subjects, with two subjects in the nineties.
I cannot thank you enough. I, as a mother, cannot see what you are doing in class, but I can see the results not only in my child’s achievements, but also in her attitude.
I am going to miss you tremendously!
Elmarike de Bruin
Riaana Treasurer: "Cael is a healthy 12 year old boy and the eldest of three children. In 2012 Cael was in Grade 6. In the beginning of the year my husband and I noticed that Cael was struggling with his reading and school work. We were not sure whether he had a learning disability or whether he was just lazy, or whether it was normal for his age. When the teachers or his dad or I would give him instructions, he would not follow through with them; he didn’t concentrate or focus.
"Cael would not do anything by himself at home. For his age I assumed he would be accustomed to his routine, but we had to remind him daily to brush his teeth…" Read more…
René Pearsall: "Kelly has struggled with learning since she started school. She repeated Grade 2 but despite that and despite her conscientious effort, by the first term of Grade 4, Kelly's educational assessment revealed that she was 2.5 years behind her peers and also that she had Attention Deficit Disorder.
"Besides learning delays, the most heartbreaking symptom for us was to see her try so hard, yet consistently produce marks well below the grade average. Emotionally, she was suffering. She was anxious, biting her nails and reluctant to read because it was such a struggle which in turn created a vicious cycle." Read more...
Joanne Phillips: “Erin was struggling with reading and maths and was not getting good marks. She was a candidate to repeat Grade 2.
“Since joining Edublox her maths marks have improved to 9/10’s and 10/10’s. She completed three maths worksheets of 90 sums each and achieved 100% on all three worksheets. Her teacher was amazed at her improvement.
“Erin was also struggling with reversing her b’s and d’s and although she sometimes still does this, the instances had dropped significantly. She is now achieving 9/10’s and 10/10’s for her spelling tests. I am amazed at the improvement.
“Erin is a very sensitive child and wants to be perfect in every instance. She ‘has a meltdown’ when she doesn’t get something correct. I have seen a vast improvement in her confidence but she still has the occasional meltdown at school. We need to continue to build her confidence in herself and her abilities.”
Naledi was identified by the school as a struggling learner, who wasn’t disciplined enough to listen and follow instructions. Her first quarter performance at school was VERY POOR...
Naledi’s work is gradually improving. Both her teachers and I were very happy with her second report and third. Naledi started collecting awards from school on the second term... Read more...
Mrs Deborah Fuini: “Luca began Grade 2 with a rough start. His teacher gave him a total of fourteen 2’s on a scale of 1 to 5 (2 = requires attention), mainly in attitude, social development and worth ethic. He also got 3’s for handwriting, English and maths. He had 4’s and 5’s in Grade 1 so this was quite a shock to us. His teacher also recommended an ADHD assessment, and to see if he is a candidate for Ritalin. She said he lacked focus and couldn’t follow instructions which affected completion of his work.
“As parents we looked for an alternative and found Marj at Edublox — from many highly positive recommendations. We enrolled him in April 2012 and noticed positive improvements within a month.” Read more...
We decided to enrol Ongama at Edublox because he was experiencing difficulty in reading. Ongama is very good with Mathematics, but dreaded anything to do with reading and opted to focus on sums.
He used to read one word at a time, and confused b’s and d’s. This was a source of frustration to him and to us, his parents. It also dented his self-esteem. The last blow was when he was moved from the ‘elephants’ to the ‘frogs’. ‘Frogs’ read at a slower pace than the ‘elephants’.
I was beginning to be harsh on him and sometimes gave him a spanking. We realized that we need professional assistance to help Ongama, and when we saw the Edublox advert in the school newsletter thought that this might be our answer.
Since starting Edublox, Ongama is reading much better. He no longer dreads it. I have noticed simple things. When we do groceries he carries the shopping list, reads it with pride and ticks off the products bought. Before, he never offered. When watching television on DSTV, he presses the ‘i’ icon so that he can read what the movie or story is all about. Before, that never happened.
Ongama’s reading overall has improved markedly. His handwriting has also improved markedly. At the end of 2010 he got an award for good performance in Mathematics. At the end of 2011 he received an award for very good progress in all subjects! We are convinced that Edublox contributed to his overall improvement.
Gail Benson: “At the end of 2010 the teachers of the school Troy attended in the Western Cape (Somerset College) called me in and indicated that Troy had a learning problem when it came to spelling and reading. They felt strongly that he should repeat Grade 2 as literacy skills needed attention and they feared that he would fall behind in all subjects if these skills were not improved.
“I remarried in December 2010 and so Troy and I relocated to Gauteng. My step-son is one year younger than Troy and was promoted to Grade 2 for 2011. My husband and I decided that we did not want Troy to repeat the year and be in the same class as his new step brother. We chose, instead, to find additional assistance for Troy to help him improve his reading and spelling abilities.” Read more...
Loraine Harding: “Blake battled so much with reading at school that it affected his self-esteem, making him an uncontrollable, miserable child, much against his nature. He was labelled ‘dumb’ by his fellow students, who did not understand his struggle.
“I contacted Edublox, where he was diagnosed with a reading impairment. Blake’s average reading speed was 40 words per minute, which was less than the required 90 words per minute for an eight-year-old. Blake started at Edublox in May 2011.” Read more…
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Paaven was given a conditional pass in grade 9 because he had failed both languages i.e. English and Isizulu. The condition was that if he did not improve his English mark he would have to repeat grade 9. The school also requested various tests to be carried out. We did the necessary and it was found that Paaven had an Auditory processing disorder. We were advised to see a speech therapist and monitor his progress. The school was very accommodating and made various changes to assist.
With all this being done he still did very poorly in his half yearly exam. At this stage we contemplated sending him back to repeat grade 9 or to a remedial school. We discussed it with him and could see the disappointment in his eyes. He pleaded to be left in grade 10. We agreed but I knew deep down that I had to do something further to help him. By chance, while surfing the net, I came across Edublox.
To Paaven, both Edublox and Yolande were heaven sent as he almost immediately started improving his all round performance. Even his self-confidence started improving. His teachers were also very pleasantly surprised with his improvement. In less than five months Paaven has taken giant strides and has easily passed his grade 10 exams with the help of Edublox. Both his reading and comprehension skills have vastly improved and this resulted in him reading more and speaking more confidently. His spelling is also improving as is his listening skills. His attention span and his concentration have improved.
Isizulu is still a challenge for him, but with more reading I am sure he will improve.
Dr. S. Reddy
Dylan was having great difficulty reading and spelling and in turn this affected his confidence and the power to believe in himself. It got to the stage where Dylan did not want to go to school and homework reading was like reading “morse code”.
Dylan’s Grandma came home the one afternoon with a pamphlet for Edublox reading and learning clinic. This was the turning point for Dylan, and he never looked back. Within a short space of time we noticed a difference in his reading. His reading became more fluid. As Dylan progressed his confidence grew and his school teacher became aware of the change in him. The teacher passed a comment at a parents’ evening that he was the first child to put up their hand when asked questions. This made me very proud as a parent to know that help was being given.
Thanks to Marj and Edublox I’ve been able to give my son the knowledge of reading and learning and this for me is like giving love. I am so grateful for all the time and attention that she gives to her students.
I would like to say a big Thank You for the dedication and hard work you put into teaching Luke this term. I really feel I need to share the below with you as Edublox has contributed to this achievement.
Luke has only been at Edublox for a term, and attends 1 lesson a week…. Today at prize giving Luke received the award for overall progress.It is great to see results over such a short period, and look forward to next term to cement Luke’s foundation further.
Have a blessed Christmas and a safe New Year.
Iona Sampson: “We were experiencing problems with Liam since Grade 1. He just could not cope with his schoolwork. He could not concentrate and remain focused when doing his homework. Liam was confusing his b’s and d’s and his reading was very slow. We thought the best option is to keep him back and repeat Grade 1.
“In Grade 2 the problem persisted. We had Liam assessed by the school’s educational psychologist. He suggested that we have Liam transferred to a remedial school. I was not satisfied with the answer and started searching on the internet where I discovered Edublox.
“I contacted Monique during the September 2011 holidays and had Liam assessed. I was advised to purchase the home kit so that I could start working with him at home. He also had to attend classes. I sat with him for an hour a day before homework. I included my daughter because Liam wanted to know why he was the only one who had to do Edublox.
“Since then I have seen much improvement in his behaviour. When he gets home I would ask, ‘How was your day?’ and he would say ‘Perfect’, as before he just ignored me or was totally in a bad mood. Liam’s outlook on his schoolwork has improved. He is more focused and we are only six weeks into the program. I know this is not a ‘quick fix’, but it is a reassurance to us that he will achieve greatness at the end of the day.
“My Grade 6 daughter, who sacrificed her time by sitting with us, achieved 80% in Afrikaans and 83% in Social Science in the final examination. To top it all Gabriella was chosen as Learner Councillor (prefect) for 2012.
“Thank you, Monique and staff, for all your hard work. You gave us hope. I will be continuing throughout the December holidays with the course, and will see you next year when we start off again.”
Wendy Madden: “Storm started school January 2007. She seemed to progress at a steady pace. In 2008, in Grade 2, I noticed that her reading was not up to scratch. I spoke to her first teacher (she had four different teachers in Grade 2), and was assured that Storm was coping at a steady pace. This carried on until the third term, when the teacher advised me that Storm had a reading and spelling problem. I told her that I had picked that up, but according to the other teachers, Storm was doing fine. In the fourth term her fourth teacher advised me to take Storm for an assessment. She was diagnosed as being ADHD. She passed Grade 2 and in 2009 started in Grade 3.” Read more…
As parents of Kyle we wish to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff at Edublox for the excellent help that you have provided Kyle over the past year. When we came to you in May last year, after Kyle had been at another extra-mural learning facility for almost two years previously, we were really very concerned about our son’s future educational and emotional progress.
Within less than a one year period at Edublox, Kyle has progressed from a borderline failure pupil to an “A” achiever. His first term Grade 3 report in 2010 consisted mainly of 2’s and a few 3’s, however by the end of the year he mainly had 3’s and a few 4’s. Then came the first term in Grade 4 this year and he achieved 4’s in all his subjects. My wife and I had tears in our eyes. His interim results for the second term have also indicated the same trend as for the first.
Not only did Kyle’s academic results and achievements improve remarkably, but also his self esteem and confidence in his extra mural activities. His athletics improved to the extent that he represented his school for the first time this year, and his rugby and cricket are growing from strength to strength. He is part of the school team in both sports. Kyle’s temperament has also changed considerably and he is much more relaxed and concentrative than before.
The trips to Pretoria from Witbank on Saturday mornings this past year have been more than worthwhile, and we can honestly say that Kyle enjoyed and looked forward to each Saturday class. We have and will continue to recommend Edublox to parents who have experienced similar circumstances with their children, and once again wish to say a big thank you.
Attached is a copy of his latest report.
Mike, Roeshinka and Kyle Christie.
In September 2010 Matthew’s parents enrolled him at the Edublox clinic in Kempton Park where he attended one lesson per week and also did Compublox at home. During the April holidays he did an intensive course. In June 2011, his teacher reported on his progress:
Dear Mr. and Mrs. Jansen
It would be my pleasure to provide my insights into Matthew's progress.
I have never seen such a remarkable change in a student like I have in Matthew. Last year he could not spell, I could not make out anything he wrote, his phonics skills were non-existent and the words he wrote could not be made out at all. He could not write coherent simple sentences. I could only ask him to read a few simple words during class reading as I did not want to embarrass him in front of the class.
He was shy, non-communicative and never participated in class.
This year not only can he spell, but he can write sentences, paragraphs, diary entries, book reviews, and anything else that is required. He reads full paragraphs in front of the class without hesitating on every word.
The most remarkable change though, is in himself as a person. He walks taller, he speaks with confidence, he participates in class discussions, and his hand is up first to answer every question I ask in class. He has become a strong class leader and I can count on him to carry out anything I need doing.
It has been a treat as a teacher to watch the transformation that has occurred in him. Students like Matthew make my job worthwhile.
Mrs. Carol Smith
Jessica Quinn: “As is so common with young children today, my 7 year old son Liam has a history of occupational and speech therapy. Although he has not been diagnosed with ADD, various test results have indicated that his concentration skills were not where they should be. His quiet and sensitive nature also prevented him from asking questions and participating in a class environment.
“After meeting Alison Bourbier, I decided to send Liam to Edublox at the beginning of the fourth term of last year. Liam was in the Grade R class. By the third session, Liam was actually enjoying the work and becoming more and more confident in offering answers.
“He completed an OT and speech therapy test at the beginning of this year which indicated that his memory skills had improved dramatically. Liam’s self confidence is continually improving and his school teacher has also remarked on the improvement in his fine motor skills and reading ability over the past six months.
“I have no doubt that Edublox has contributed to this.”
Click here to view Sabrina's report (compare Term 1 with Term 4).
Lameez Armien: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your staff at Edublox for everything you are doing to help the twins Joshua and Jeremiah. Both of them went through a lot of emotional issues, and are now in my care as foster children.
“In Grade 2 Jeremiah was diagnosed with ADHD and very severe learning disabilities. He repeated Grade 2 and the following year was promoted to Grade 3 with support.” Read more…
Leilani Pereira: “In Grade 1 already the teacher picked up that there was some sort of challenge with spelling. We thought it was Ronan’s eyes, subsequently had his eyes tested and he got reading glasses. During the 1st two terms of Grade 2 I noticed a steady deterioration in his spelling achievements and then found the God-sent flyer of Edublox!
“Ronan’s spelling mark in April for one specific test was 1/15. In July it progressed to 15/30 and by November he was achieving 21/30.” Read more…
Mrs Jenkings: “Jonathan joined Edublox because he really battled with reading and spelling. He was the weakest reader in his class and though we had tried extra reading and reading centres there was no improvement.
“Since joining Edublox, there has been a remarkable improvement in spelling, which has seen his marks in prepared spelling going from a 3 to a 4. In the last term he got full marks for a spelling test. His incidental/unprepared spelling has gone from a 2 to a 3.” Read more, and see samples of Jonathan’s spelling tests…
Li-Ann Meyer: “The school our son attends brought to our attention that he battled to concentrate in class, and if we did not work on his concentration he would battle later in the year when the work becomes more difficult. It is then that we started doing research to help him with concentration, and also thought that enrolling him at Edublox will give him a better advantage at reading skills.
“Joshua's concentration levels have improved tremendously as well as his reading and spelling skills. We have also observed that his vocabulary has improved considerably and have seen an improvement in his handwriting as well.” Read more…
Natasha Odendaal: “My son is a Grade 2 learner and had extreme difficulties in reading and spelling – he could hardly read at all. This resulted in Ryan having an awfully low self esteem. I was called in by his teacher at the end of term 3 where she had given me the choice to either let him go to Grade 3 or let him stay for a second year in Grade 2 because of his inability to read and spell. It was a very difficult decision to make but at the end I had to put his interest first and keep him in Grade 2.
“My second step was to get professional help and with the help of the internet I found Edublox and contacted the Claremont office.
“Since the first term of 2010 Ryan has achieved a tremendous improvement in his school work. He is more confident and more focused. Even the teacher said that he is more eager to work in class, his concentration level is excellent and he is willing to participate in activities. Ryan is now able to do his homework with little help from me. He can now read on his own and can identify his own mistakes.”
“Within the first month her schoolwork improved significantly. By the end of the third term of 2009 the average for all her subjects was 3 (meets the required levels of performance), and by the first quarter of 2010 the average increased to 4 (exceeds expectation).
“Her reading, spelling, and work tempo have improved considerably. She now completes her homework without any help from her parents and the problem with low self-esteem is a thing of the past.
“A year has passed since she started with the Edublox classes and major improvements were achieved in various areas. Due to the excellent results accomplished to date, we decided to continue with the Edublox classes although she no longer needs help. Lurisca enjoys attending the classes tremendously and all the attention and sweets are obviously a bonus.”
This letter is to thank you and Edublox for the wonderful work you are doing.
My son Shaun who is now in grade 1, has been with you from the beginning of this year. When he received his report card this year after his first trimester at school I was astonished at how well he did - he only had 4's on his report card for everything. He is doing very well at school and definitely starting his school career on the right track. Thanks a million, you are doing a great job!
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Mrs Teresa Hudson: “My son went to school in the year that he turned six. I was advised by my concerned sister-in-law and pre-primary teachers that he should only go to Grade 1 once he had ALREADY turned seven. His birthday is on 24 December. So, in Grade 1, while his class mates turned 7 within months of starting their schooling career, my son was still 6 years of age. This might sound normal if you are a parent who went to school yourself at the age of six. The problem today is the fact that the curriculum is NOT the same as when you went to school. By the end of term 3 of his first grade, his teacher called me in and said that he lags behind other children, and that failing him is a consideration and would probably be to his advantage in the future. He swapped b's, d's, p's and q's, would read words backwards e.g. was for saw. He was still too young, immature, not responsible enough etc, etc.” Read more…
Mrs. S. Ridout: "Sean had a reading and spelling problem. He was mixing his b's and d's. After an assessment in both Grade 2 and Grade 3 we were told that he had an emotional problem and nothing more. He had to repeat Grade 3, after which we still felt that he had not progressed as he should have. He had had just over one year of remedial which helped, but still the same problem persisted. I tried all I could at home, to no avail. His work tempo was slow. He didn't finish work and in exams had to be given extra time to finish. He would not do his orals either.
"In mid-September (Sean was now in Grade 7) I was called in to see the school psychologist and principal. They said they felt he would not cope in high school, and suggested that he be transferred to the special class and then to a special high school. After many years of battling with few results we decided the only answer was to give your program a try as we were not willing to put Sean into a special school without a fight.
"Sean's confidence has improved, enabling him to do orals. He has begun reading for pleasure, and finished all his December exams within the time limit. Both his reading and spelling have improved and also his handwriting. He has passed Grade 7."
Mrs. Lombard: "The first term I had to teach him and he had to memorise everything; the second term, after starting with the program he studied on his own with some help from me. By the fourth term he was able to study on his own and I did not even check his work. His reading speed as well as his comprehension had improved, and his spelling is also a lot better."
Kitty Venter: “Pedri (a Grade 6 learner) had been diagnosed as dyslexic. His reading ability was on a Grade 2, second-semester level. He underachieved in Maths, his concentration was poor, he had a spelling problem, poor self-esteem, perceptual problems and his memory was poor.
“Reading and spelling have improved tremendously. Previously I had to read aloud all his schoolwork. After 6 months he virtually studied on his own for this exam. He had made so much progress that he was now ready to attend extra Maths classes. His concentration and memory have improved as well as his self-esteem. At this point in time reversals in numbers are virtually non-existent, while there are no more reversals in spelling. For the first time in his school career he received a merit prize.”
Mrs. A. Hartzer: “At the end of Grade 1 she could not read at all. She did not know her sounds and was therefore also unable to spell. Because her friends could do what she could not do, she completely distanced herself from them.
“Now, at the end of Grade 2, she can read anything! Her spelling is also good. Her relationship with her friends has also improved. She even participates in athletics now, which she previously avoided.”
Hesti Geldenhuys: "Karla has always been a dreamer who liked playing in her own fantasy world, but she was also an obviously intelligent infant, who was able very early to sing many songs and to recognise shapes and colours. When she started Grade 0, her teacher complained that she was unable to focus her attention on and complete tasks. I wondered whether she was ready for school, and had her assessed at the University of Pretoria. She did very well on the tests, and on some of the tests scored as high as a nine-year level, although she was only five at the time. They assured me that she was intelligent and ready for school, although they also remarked that her work speed was rather slow. After a discussion with the school principal and the Grade 0 teacher, I decided to let her start school." Read more…