Frequently asked questions
How do I order the theme books and do I have to order
a full set?
The books can be ordered from Ilette Strydom in Pretoria
using the order form on the web site. You can order
any quantity of books, however as postage does add to
the cost of the books, I recommend you order several
at a time to minimise this cost. If you order 40 or
more books the delivery is free and you also receive
a free plastic container to store your books.
How do I pay for the theme books? Do I have to pay
in full for the books when I order them?
Once you have sent the order form to Ilette Strydom,
she will process your order and let you know the amount
due. You are required to pay for the books in full when
you order them. Deposit the amount in the pre-school
themes account (Groep 7 Drukkers, Absa Bank Kolonade,
cheque account: No 1108440674) and email the deposit
slip to firstname.lastname@example.org
or fax it to 0865 141 051. Once Ilette receives your
payment she will post your order to you, or you can
collect the books from her in Pretoria.
How long will it take for my books to arrive?
Once payment has been received, the order is sent by
registered insured post or courier and you should receive the books
within 3 -10 days depending on delivery method. If you have not received them after
10 days, please contact Ilette. If you live in Pretoria
Ilette is happy to deliver to your home or workplace.
Enquire about this when you order.
Are the theme books suitable for all ages?
The theme books are suitable for the 3-6 year age range.
Some adaptions to the lessons may be needed for the
younger and older age groups but this is indicated where
relevant. The themes are a guide and you should add
in your own input to the lessons.
Are the theme books available in Afrikaans?
The theme books are written in English, but the words
that a teacher will use as part of the theme table or
an activity that requires words are in English and Afrikaans.
The theme table heading is bilingual too. Unfortunately
it is unlikely that the theme books will be translated
into Afrikaans due to the high cost involved.
I have theme manuals that only contain the English
words? How do I get the Afrikaans words?
There is a separate book available on request which
only has the Afrikaans words needed for each theme.
This can be ordered from Ilette by emailing email@example.com
or phoning 082 449 0574.
Are the theme books endorsed by the Education Department?
The Education Department has not endorsed the theme
books. Since I wanted the books to be useful to teachers
teaching a variety of age groups, they are not Grade
R specific. However, the lessons do meet the Grade R
outcomes and are aligned to the CAPS curriculum.
How do your themes match up to the suggested topics
of the subject Life Skills study areas Beginning Knowledge
and Personal and Social Well-being as listed in the
Almost all the topics listed in the CAPS curriculum
for the subject Life Skills are available as theme books.
At times some topics may be within another theme e.g.
the topic of healthy living can be found as a concept
in the theme 'Me and my body'. CAPS do allow you to
choose to use other topics which you feel are relevant
to your learners. The CAPS document encourages you to
include festivals and special days which are available
as theme manuals. E.g. Easter, Heritage Day, World environment
How do I receive the preschool theme newsletter?
The free preschool theme newsletter comes out monthly
and is sent via e mail. Click
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I am not a qualified teacher. Will your theme books
be suitable for me to use?
The theme books have been written in detail with clear
lesson plans so everyone who works with children should
be able to use the books with ease. Everything you will
need for each lesson is listed and at times the resources
Our ELC has a limited budget. Will we still be able
to implement your lessons?
Yes, wherever possible I have used recycled materials
and simple everyday items. Where a more complex item
is listed I have given you an alternative e.g. black
drawing paper can be expensive so paint your own. You
do need to have basic art materials available to complete
the creative lessons. Paint cannot be substituted and
you will need some crayons and scissors.
Are the theme books available as e-books?
No they are currently not available in this format. This
will be considered if the demand increases.