Our 2018 academic year started with great enthusiasm and excitement as 3 kids started BIG SCHOOL at Empangeni Christian School for the first time, attending Grade R, and 3 joined our own in-house Preschool for Grade RRR, This being their very first time at school! Big smiles and lots of cheer were the order of the day. Altogether we had 12 off school in town, attending Empangeni Christian School and Zululand Remedial Centre, and 4 at our iKhaya Preschool. All the best kids... We know you will be happy, make new friends, learn loads and will be diligent and make us proud!
Learning need not be boring! Our Holiday Program is designed to be loads fun with skills being learned without the kids realising it! They excercise both gross and motor skills, stimulate their creativity, learn teamwork, discipline, listening and following instructions and the program rules, learn balance and position in space, stimulate all their senses and so on. Holiday Programs are classrooms in disguise!
Another delight for our kids is dressing up and fantasy play. So for a great lesson to remind them that they are God’s chosen priesthood, beautiful in His eyes, they got to make themselves crowns and dress up as Princes and Princesses. They enjoyed music and dance and lots of games and activities together.
Our German volunteers, caregivers and kids grab every opportunity to make a visit to the beach. It‘s a favourite outing! We are blessed to live not far from the sea and have access to some lovely safe spots for a paddle, fresh air and a little bit of sunshine to boost the vitamin D! Our summer break was filled with many hot, sunny days and the kids had a blast playing and digging in the sand and swimming in the sea.
At iKhaya we love provide the kids with oppurtunities to explore what nature has to offer. Water and mud, in this instance, created a great medium for extra FUN and sensory stimulation. Laughting, getting dirty and wet is the best, especially for the boys!
We have a stunning yard and make use of it for various activities. Some include bubbles, jumping castles, musical chairs, soccer, cricket, riding bikes and running around.
What is a slumber party made of? Movies, snacks and treats, mattresses and teddies, dogs and cats were all part of this overnight campout. We don‘t have pets at iKhaya so going for a sleepover outside of our home often exposes the children to domestic animals and helps those with fears to overcome them, teaches the kids how to behave towards and interact with animals and how to be loving and kind to them too. Accepable social behaviour, table manners, sharing, doing chores and respecting one another are all life lessons learned while interacting outside of their own home environment at iKhaya. Of course having fun and an extra late night are what the kids think its actually all about!!!
Enseleni Nature Reserve is a nearby reserve that consists of coastal grasslands and forests with the Nseleni river providing a freshwater habitat. Picnic sites are available and the two trails in the reserve offer fantastic scenery and the opportunity to spot a variety of birds and animals. The Nkonkoni trail is 4.8 km and the Mvubu trail is 5.2 km in length. Our older kids and German volunteers enjoyed a lovely morning of fresh air together on the trail and picnic in the forest.
We have been extremely busy over the past few months preparing for the increase in capacity at iKhaya. Our Staff Rosters and Model have been changed for the better, we have employed a House Mother and a Domestic Worker, bedrooms have been shuffled around and minor alterations completed in order to make physical space for 5 new kids with sleep in caregivers. And finally the time arrived as we added 3 little girls to our home late in January. Watch this space as we grow to 25 kiddies in total. Thank you Lord for Your blessings over us. Continue to have Your way in our lives!
Do you have spare time and skills that will uplift kids or assist us in our daily lives? Or would you prefer to financially or materially donate to support the work of iKhaya? We value every input, be it big or small, as every gift goes towards changing the lives of the previously vulnerable children in our care.
Teachers, Doctors, Psychologists, OT and Speech Therapists, Councelors are some of the skills needed. But if you would like to serve in other areas we are always excited to hear from you!
We currently have 12 school going aged children attending local schools, from grade R to grade 5. As you may imagine, homework time is a real challenge especially seeing as some of our kids need extra one-on-one time to improve and grasp the work.
If you are a teacher or mom who would love to invest time in our homework centre, to create a love for reading, we would love to hear from you!
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