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Building Blocks



BUILDING BLOCKS is the COOL TO BE ME Foundation Phase programme designed to support the Life Skills subject in promoting the emotional and social development of children.

A Life-Skills programme for the Foundation Phase

This innovative Life-Skills programme explores a different, age-appropriate and developmental theme per grade.

  • Grade 1: Feeling happy and safe
  • Grade 2: Being confident and responsible
  • Grade 3: Discovering my inner world

Storytelling as a vehicle for learning

Storytelling is the primary vehicle for communication and learning as it is, traditionally, the most effective way of passing on wisdom and life knowledge to a child.

Designed to support the National Curriculum

  • The original BUILDING BLOCKS stories and their accompanying integration classes support the National Curriculum.
  • The BUILDING BLOCKS programme utilises approximately 5 hours of the 60 hours per term allocated to Life Skills.
  • BUILDING BLOCKS lessons are spread across personal and social well-being, physical education and creative arts, covering the important areas of art, cutting, fine-motor activities, fantasy play, music and singing and writing, as well as visual and auditory perception and memory.

Easy to implement

  • Each one of the three themes is divided into four building blocks. A different building block is adopted and explored each term.
  • Feeling happy and safe is divided into feelings, sharing, being kind and my circle of love and support.
  • Being confident and responsible is divided into being truthful, being confident, being responsible and bouncing back.
  • Discovering my inner world is divided into my body, my brain, intuition and personality and talents.
  • The grade teacher is supported with a thoroughly resourced teacher’s manual, while the children work with a colourful workbook and four storybooks.
  • The grade teacher introduces the theme through the story, it’s motto and a selection of integration classes.
  • The BUILDING BLOCKS workbook and storybooks creatively promote family participation through family chats, family games and story reading.

Bru’Me’s adventures

  • Stories are the gateway to learning in the BUILDING BLOCKS curriculum. These stories revolve around the adventures of Bru’Me, Musa Monkey, Sammy Squirrel and Thandi Tortoise and set the stage for all activities, games and discussions that follow. Often teachers and parents know what they need to tell and teach their children but struggle to find the words or situations that best present the ‘lesson’. Our original stories enable you to have meaningful conversations around truthfulness, confidence, kindness, responsibility and resilience that children can relate to.
  • If your child is doing BUILDING BLOCKS at school they will receive their own set of storybooks to bring home to read with you. Reading these stories together will greatly assist you in the family chats and games that follow. To see summaries of the stories click here.
  • If your child is not doing COOL TO BE ME at school you can still enjoy our stories and their benefits at home. Click here to buy a book.
For more information:

To set up an appointment, receive more detailed information about the course content and costs, or to sign up for this programme at your school, please click here.

Who is Bru’Me?

Meet Bru’me – a character in our stories who along with his friends helps children build positive and resilient self esteem. The stories are child-centred and use characters that children can relate to. Read more about Bru'Me.

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“I just wanted to let you know that I've been reading Bouncing Back and the Telling Truth stories to my kids this past week. We've been reading a few chapters each night before going to bed. My son is four and a half and my daughter six and a half and in Grade 1. They have both absolutely LOVED them! We have had very late bedtimes as they've insisted that I keep reading! Even though they are both so young (and I thought too young which is why I hadn't read them the stories until now), they were completely compelled and fascinated! At the end of the each book, they both without any initiation started discussing some of the themes. After the bouncing back story, they both started to talk about some of things they had learnt in the day. From the 'learn the lesson and move on' refrain, my daughter told me that she had learnt that she can tell her friend NO if she doesn't want to do something! What an important thing to learn!” – Nicole, Cape Town
CTBM helped me so that if someone says you are ugly, don’t listen to him and in your mind say “I am beautiful and I know who I am.” - Grade 6 student
“I thoroughly enjoyed the feedback to the COOL TO BE ME sessions at Springfield last night. It is a fabulous course and my daughter enjoyed it tremendously. Also from the response of the parents I think they felt the same way.” – Springfield parent
"CTBM has helped me believe in myself and take the pressure off." - Grade 6 student
"It was really fun. It was a great learning experience and helped me know who I am and show that everyone is great." - Grade 6 student

"CTBM was so great and wonderful. Today I can express my feelings because of CTBM. I am a good person because of CTBM. I want to say thanks a lot. It’s CTBM." - Grade 6 student

"It was really fun. It was a great learning experience and helped me know who I am and show that everyone is great." - Grade 6 student

"CTBM has helped me believe in myself and take the pressure off." - Grade 6 student

“My daughter spoke of the programme so much and I know it has had a profound effect on her confidence and acceptance of others.” – Springfield parent
"CTBM is a great programme. It changed my life and helped me feel great about myself." - Grade 6 student

"I now have confidence to say stuff even if people laugh at me." - Grade 6 student

"Thank you so much. I have always felt like I was weird to make good decisions that were right. Now I don’t feel that way." - Grade 6 student 

"Thank you so much. I have always felt like I was weird to make good decisions that were right. Now I don’t feel that way." - Grade 6 student

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