New Developments at The Bridge
Elspeth Dugdale | July 7, 2014
Duplo, Lego and K'nex are everyday words for so many of us, and they are fast becoming familiar to our younger Bridge friends. When they first used the bricks and puzzles, they struggled to piece them together - and would try and force different bricks to fit together. Now they are becoming more skilled and much faster at building some very fancy creations. Although they are coming across these 'toys' relatively late in life, they are fast catching up and learning some good 'future engineer', 'future designer' skills for the future. One little boy will come in and do the same puzzle over and over again, getting faster and faster each time. He has huge levels of concentration and a great big grin when he finishes!
Another development at The Bridge is to gradually introduce the teaching of phonics to help with reading. Up to now, most children see a word and memorise it as a single unit, without making it connect to anything similar. Deborah, Stella, and Linus are all introducing this in their teaching and during the library sessions. Not many of the visiting teachers know about phonics, so it's a steep learning curve for everyone. Thanks to those of you who the donated phonics readers. And particular thanks to Frances and Ken King, who gave us a copy of their wonderful Phonics Songbook and CD http://phonicsongs.co.uk/ . Teaching through singing and music is so effective and very well received- particularly here and Stella has been having lots of fun recently with her classes as a result. If you have any spare phonics readers at home that you can spare, please let us know!
And at the other end of the reading age range, Stan and Sue have started teaching an Adult Literacy course, open to any adult members of the community who missed out on primary education themselves. They have a few keen students who come every week and who are loving the basic conversation classes each afternoon. Pictured here is Madam Sarah, who is the Matron at the local Special Needs Unit and takes great care of the deaf children who visit The Bridge.