The “ten golden minutes” of reading at home

A highly successful parent workshop was held at Enlighten Trust on Saturday morning the 27th of August. The theme was: “Reading at home: ideas for parents and caregivers”.

Linda Rutter and two assistants from Shine’s head office in Cape Town came to run this workshop. It was mainly presented in isiXhosa, therefore the parents didn’t hesitate to ask questions and to make useful contributions.

It was attended by 30 people, including parents (2 fathers), Grade 1 teachers, a representative of the Education Department, Ms Bulewa Mbekisa, as well as Lukhanyo Primary’s principal, Mr Morris Tshabalala.

Emphasis was placed on the importance of parents spending ten “golden” minutes with their children. During this time they could read a story, play word games and encourage the child. The importance of making the distinction between the “names” and “sounds” of the alphabet was explained. They were shown how they could use body movements to teach the child the sounds of the alphabet.


Linda’s enthusiasm rubbed off on the parents. It was clear that they felt motivated and inspired to go home and implement all the information they were given. They commented that the advice they had been given was very practical and they were looking forward to making a difference in their children’s lives.

Mr Tshabalala, in particular, was impressed by the workshop and asked Linda if they could do a workshop for teachers at the school. This will be arranged in the near future.

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