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Foundation Phase



BUILDING BLOCKS is a specially designed programme for the Foundation Phase and focuses on the development of emotional, personal and social well-being within each child.

Developmental themes

The three developmental themes are:

  • Feeling happy and safe (Grade 1)
  • Becoming confident and responsible (Grade 2)
  • Discovering my inner world (Grade 3)

Building Block breakdown

The Grade 1 theme is broken down into feelings, sharing, being kind and my circle of love and support.

Grade 2 challenges a little more as we focus on being truthful, being confident, being responsible and bouncing back from life’s challenges.

In Grade 3 we explore our inner world through the following building blocks; my body, my brain, intuition and my personality and talents.

Stories, fun and games

Stories are the gateway to learning in the BUILDING BLOCKS curriculum. These stories revolve around Bru’me, Sammy Squirrel, Thandi Tortoise and Musa Monkey and set the stage for all activities, games and discussions that follow. Click to learn more.
 

Teaching Resources

 

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Grade 1:

BUILDING BLOCKS (Red): Feeling happy and safe
SEL themes covered: Feelings, Sharing, Being kind, My circle of love and support.
1 x Educator manual required per educator.
40 x worksheets and classroom resources to accompany the Educator’s manual, as free, downloadable pdfs from COOL TO BE ME.
Optional: 1 x set of 4 storybooks per child to be used at home and include important family chats and family games.

Home-school box includes:
1 x activity book
4 x storybooks
4 x posters
Ready-to-use templates, activity sheets and charts with free replacement pdfs downloadable from COOL TO BE ME.

Buy Building Blocks (Red)

Educator’s Manual
Storybooks
Home-school box

FREE Teaching Resources
Grade 1: BUILDING BLOCKS (Red) Teaching Resource
 
 

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Grade 2:

BUILDING BLOCKS (Blue): Being confident and responsible
SEL themes covered: Being truthful, Being confident, Being responsible and Bouncing Back.
1 x Educator manual required per educator.
40 x worksheets and classroom resources to accompany the Educator’s manual, as free, downloadable pdfs from COOL TO BE ME.
Optional: 1 x set of 4 storybooks per child to be used at home and include important family chats and family games.

Home-school box includes:
1 x activity book
4 x storybooks
4 x posters
Ready-to-use templates, activity sheets and charts with free replacement pdfs downloadable from COOL TO BE ME.

Buy Building Blocks (Blue)

Educator’s Manual
Storybooks
Home-school box

FREE Teaching Resources
Grade 2: BUILDING BLOCKS (Blue) Teaching Resources
 
 

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Grade 3:

BUILDING BLOCKS (Green): Discovering my inner world
SEL themes covered: My miraculous body, my brilliant brain, my wise heart and my special gift.
1 x Educator manual required per educator.
40 x worksheets and classroom resources to accompany the Educator’s manual, as free, downloadable pdfs from COOL TO BE ME.
Optional: 1 x set of 4 storybooks per child to be used at home and include important family chats and family games.

Home-school box includes:

1 x activity book
4 x storybooks
4 x posters
Ready-to-use templates, activity sheets and charts with free replacement pdfs downloadable from COOL TO BE ME.

Buy Building Blocks (Green)

Educator’s Manual
Storybooks
Home-school box

FREE Teaching Resources
Grade 3: BUILDING BLOCKS (Green) Teaching Resources

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.

Our Programme

Read more about our programme here.

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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
"CTBM has helped me believe in myself and take the pressure off." - Grade 6 student
"CTBM is a great programme. It changed my life and helped me feel great about myself." - 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
“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
“I would just like to say thank you so much for all you have done for the grade 6 girls through COOL TO BE ME. They are so lucky to have had experienced such profound self-analysis and self-discovery at their age. I think that the work you are doing is so important and the core philosophy of resilient self-esteem is brilliant.” – Springfield parent
"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
"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

"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 

"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

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