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There is a raging panic, to put it mildly, among teachers because of the new CAPS document. I’ve been to a meeting, have a document of sorts in my paw, and have summarised the salient points below:
CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement)

  • Simplification of the old system – main language, second language, maths, life skills.
  • More time allocation for main language. Emphasis on phonics in teaching reading.
  • Emphasis on phonics in teaching reading.
  • Life skills = personal and social well-being, creative arts (visual and performing), physical education.
  • FAL (First Additional Language) from grade 1. A third language is optional and does not have to be from grade 1 but is recommended from grade 4 to give pupils options in high school. Big emphasis on ORAL in the FP. 2/3 hrs per week from grade 1. (That’s a lot!)
  • More structure to the year in terms of assessment, and week (weekly and daily planning), and more guidance to be given in all of these areas. Practical timetables, time allocations, etc.
  • Emphasis on group teaching, esp in maths.

So you can see already how the ANT BOOKS are one step ahead of the crowd already!

  1. WRT the FAL in grade 1, we have a new INTRODUCTORY SERIES, which can of course be used in grades 2 and 3 also – whenever you decide to introduce your new language. We’ll be focusing on Afrikaans and Zulu, with English as well. So far we have POSTERS and FLASHCARDS, and an accompanying workbooks for consolidation – all at a simple level.
    BIG BOOKS based on our themes.
    CDS of sing-along songs and rhymes
  2. And now for the PHONICS! We have a fabulous new READER SERIES called <u>“Sounds Wild”</u> – check it out, and ‘do’ phonics in context.

New Phonics Reader Series


Whenever the government brings out a ‘new education policy’, I get the teensiest bit anxious: NOW what will they do?
But this time, there is a great deal that is positive. And the best thing of all? PHONICS gains huge importance.
“In a study in the UK, it was found that pupils in primary schools in Scotland were two years ahead of their English counterparts. The difference? In Scotland, there was a big emphasis on PHONICS, while in Engand there wasn’t. In England, it is now national policy to teach 20 MINUTES OF PHONICS A DAY in the foundation phase.’
And now it’s happening here. And not before time. You teach phonics – and you give your children another tool to use in deciphering written work, which leads to better reading and spelling.
So you should be teaching phonics, and now the government agrees with me! :)

  • Teach phonics daily (see our timetabling suggestion)
  • Teach it beyond grade 3 – keep on into the higher primary school until your children know ALL their sounds
  • Teach it using:
    • Ant Books Phonics Levels 1 and 2
    • “Pocket Ants” Phonics for grades 2 and 3
    • “Sounds Wild” Reader Series

We provide many ideas for other activities to make the whole process enjoyable for you and the children! (Free activity programme with all phonics orders.)

What’s New

What’s new!

1.     “Introductory Series”

English!  Afrikaans!  Zulu!

Now that the government has changed the language policy to include a second language from grade 1, we have been busy formulating a new programme for our youngest learners.  It aims to introduce basic vocabulary in themes, such as “The Body”, “The Family”, etc.  Each SET contains 20 colour picture flashcards, 20 word flashcard and a workbook with simple applications.

Level 1 Set 1:  The Body, The House

Level 1 Set 2:  The Family, Colours

* Watch this spot for news of more in the series!

2.     “Jackpot!”

This brightly coloured board game is our new maths game for the grade 1s and 2s.  It covers:

  • Counting
  • Adding
  • Subtracting
  • Doubling
  • Halving
  • Odd and even numbers

3.     Book packs

These are of special interest to schools where the cost of photocopying the Ant Books is becoming prohibitive.  Choose your favourite Ant Books for the parents to buy for their child – so that every child in the class has a ‘book pack’ of Ant Books.  The parents are then eligible for the ‘bulk book discount’ – so it is a win-win situation.  No more wasting time photocopying and making up workbooks, teachers!  No more wasting paper – which equals money – for the school.

Make up your own packs of your favourite ‘must haves’ and we will give you our special price.


Phew, we’re already finished with 2010!  I have been watching with interest and satisfaction the return in education to the ‘basics’, particularly in English.  To this end, we’ve brought out a PHONICS range (in the handy A6 size, nice and little) to supplement your spelling programmes.   Here’s a brief overview:

1.   “POCKET ANT” Phonics

Grade 2, 3, 4, 5, 6/7.  40 lists, one per week, with plenty of repetition in the lower grades.  That is what Ant Books are all about…Give a list per week for students to learn, and test regularly.  A double-page of games and activities is included with every order. 

2.   “POCKET ANT” Tables

A must for every child in the primary school, from grade 3 to grade 7.  Buy once and keep for all the other years.  Lists and lists of tables (multiplication and division), mixed and plain.  Great for oral testing.

NOTE:  All our ‘POCKET ANTS’ are sold in bulk only, that is, 20 or more, unless you are home-schooling and are on our official home-schooling database.


This is the Afrikaans equivalent of PUNOS (the English phonics game), and is wonderful for entrenching those regular – but confusing – Afrikaans sounds: ou, ei, ie, aa, uu, ee, y, eu, ooi, etc.  Comes as a kit with counters and die – the board is laminated, you’ll need to laminate and cut up the cards.  4 can play at a time.


These are so very popular!  We now have 2 workbooks at level 1, level 2 and level 3, and a new level, Begripstoets 4.  Concise reading studies for first and second language.


Exactly what it says.  9 assemblies in detail – dealing with popular topics like sharing, being kind, bad days, etc.  Adaptable to both Christian and non-Christian schools.

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