Kip McGrath Brackenfell

Remedial Education: English; Afrikaans; Mathematics; Study Skills; Reading; Comprehension; Afrikaans Wiskunde from Grade R -12

Operating as usual

Wishing all our Kippies, families and followers a special valentine's day.


I’ve lost a year with my kids battling over school and I’m done.

My seven year old and I were in the midst of our usual asynchronous day battle. I had his writing homework in my hand from school. He’d written several full, well-thought-out sentences.

But he won’t do the same for me, at least not without a fight.

I told him he didn’t have to write about his best day like his teacher asked, he could write about his worst. He could write about whatever he wanted as long as he wrote a few sentences.

He said he’d get in trouble. He said he was doing a bad job in first grade. He was on the brink of tears but didn’t know why.

And it hit me.

Instead of getting frustrated and pushing the assignment, I sat down with him at his desk in his superhero bedroom.

I said “you won’t get in trouble and you can’t fail first grade. In fact, you’re kind of a superhero yourself.”

He sat up in his chair just a little and looked at me with disbelief.

I said, “Do you know that no kids in the history of kids have ever had to do what you’re doing right now? No kids in the history of kids have ever had to do school at home, sitting in their bedroom, watching their teacher on a computer. You and your friends are making history.”

A visible weight lifted from his seven year old shoulders, “What does that mean?”

I told him it means I haven’t given him nearly enough credit for rolling with the punches. I told him how proud I am of him and his friends. That kids this year are doing the impossible and they’re doing a really great job.

I apologized for not saying it sooner and more often. A little tear fell down his cheek.

We’ve thanked everyone from healthcare workers to grocery store employees but we haven’t thanked the kids enough for bearing the burden of what we’ve put on their shoulders this year.

We’ve said kids are resilient, and they are. But they are the real superheroes in this whole scenario for having ZERO say in their lives but doing their best to adjust every day.

We closed his school-issued laptop and spent the rest of the day playing. This was supposed to be temporary and here we are a year later still trying to hold our head above water.

This is our home and I won’t turn it into a battle ground anymore over something we can’t control. Something that no longer makes sense.

Hug your little superheroes today and don’t forget to cut them the slack we’ve given everyone else.

Join me in the trenches at Christine Derengowski, Writer !!

Carla Grobler Arbeidsterapeut / Occupational Therapist

Some great advice for pencil grip teaching

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At Kip Brackenfell we have been working since the 11th January to offer our students the opportunity to stay on top of their education, despite some schools not being open.
We also offer parents the comfort of knowing that their kids are still receiving a quality, well planned learning experience, which is specifically designed to address any gaps.
Last year our students didn't fall behind, and we are going to do our best to ensure they don't fall behind again this year, even if the schools are not open as much as before.
Contact Hilda on 064 684 4518 if you are concerned and would like to have more information.
We are here to help!

[02/04/21]   When you have a "regular" child, you feel reasonably assured that class participation and decent study habits will result in good grades. These kids have close friends. They get invited to participate in social things like dances and weekend gatherings. They make the teams, auditioned organisations and clubs.

But when you have a child with certain differences, this is often not the case. Learning may take longer, both academically and socially. Despite their tremendous efforts, results are often a fraction of their peers and social acceptance is fleeting, setting them up for painful comparisons and bitter frustration. Instead of a fun and fulfilling experience, school can become a breeding ground for depression and anxiety, and assignments a battle ground at home. It is exhausting for parent and child alike.

This is the week of SPED (Special Education), Autism, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Sensiry Processing Disorder and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) awareness. For all the children who struggle every day to succeed in a world that does not recognise their gifts and talents, and for those who are walking beside them, please let this be a gentle reminder to be kind and accepting of ALL people. Recognise that the "playing field" is not always a level surface. Children who learn differently are not weird. They are merely gifted in ways that our society does not value enough. Yet they want what everyone else wants: To be accepted!!

If you choose, please copy and paste this in honor of all children who are deemed "different". Our world would be far less beautiful without them.


Developmental Coordination Disorder (Dyspraxia) & Dyslexia Support

#dyslexia #dysgraphia #dyscalculia #dyspraxia

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The first weeks of school don't have to be so challenging.
Build your child's confidence in English, Afrikaans and Maths with Kip McGrath tutoring.

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Integrated Learning Strategies


"The key to helping our children to be calmer, happier, and functioning at their best is to get their whole brain working together. One of the best ways we can do this is with crossing the midline."

May 2021 be blessed and prosperous. We look forward to working with our Kippies this year again 💙

Contact Hilda on 064 684 4518 or [email protected] to book a free assessment.

We want to wish all our families and followers a special and blessed Christmas 🎄💙

Kip McGrath Extra Lessons

Thank you to all the contributing centres. Please have a browse through the various clips. It brings amazing insight into what we do on a daily basis 💙

Having fun getting the message out there. Each one has a message to tell. Contact your Kip McGrath Centre in your area. Visit
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#Kip McGrath the name you can trust

Let us as the "rainbow nation" reconcile to live in a blended society of acceptance!

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Professional Tuition Centre - Lambton

Does your child struggle with reading?

If you have a child who need help with phonics, our Reading program will help.

Focusing on phonics and phonological awareness, it helps children catch up with reading and writing.

Call us on 084 85 444 18 to book a FREE Reading, Spelling & Comprehension assessment or book your online assessment at


Kip McGrath Jerusalema Dance Challenge

Kip McGrath also joined in! The Kip McGrath education centres in Pretoria, South Africa, decided to take up the president's challenge and came together to do the Jerusalema Dance Challe...

Made By Dyslexia

An incredibly brave and special interview. I love that this headmaster has empowered his student to realise that he can still be accepted by his peers as "normal". It's a powerfully positive perspective on dyslexia.

🎥 #ICYMI this incredible clip from Channel 4 #EducatingGreaterManchester ⭐It's fantastic to see headteacher Drew Povey explain to student Jacob that dyslexia "makes his mind work in a different way"💫 Watch more about #DyslexicStrengths 👉

Legro Robotics

The T-Rex brought back to life at Legro Robotics today. Accepting new enrolments for 2021. Limited space available, send WhatsApp or email [email protected] to find out more or to book a you spot.

Anyone paying for the first term in 2021 can attend 2 classes in Dec 2020 for free.

Brackenfell Library

Such a fabulous initiative ❤️

Welcome to Whimsical Wednesday Story Time with Aunty Tee the Library Lady. Today's special guest is Annamarie Mostert from Tygervalley Library. She will be reading her favorite story called "Wies my ontbyt" written by Claire Freedman and published by Human & Rousseau. So sit back, relax dont forget to switch on your good ears and lets enjoy todays story.

Integrated Learning Strategies


"Children use their dominant hand to hold a writing implement and use their non-dominant hand to stabilize the page they are working on. They provide just enough pressure so that the page does not move. The dominant forearm also rests on the page with their fingers and hands controlling the pencil."

POSTURAL CONTROL: When Core Stability is Compromised, Your Child’s Learning is No Longer Automatic

"Most people can sit or stand upright without a lot of thought. It’s just something that comes naturally. But some people, especially children, don’t have the strength along their core muscles (muscles in the abdomen, back, chest and neck) to do this. For these children, something that should take no effort, becomes a laborious task that demands their attention." Postural Control: When Core Stability is Compromised, Your Child’s Learning is No Longer on Autopilot This article provides helpful information regarding postural control. Affiliate links are included for your convenience. Integrated Learning Strategies (ILS) is a learning and academic center. As ...

The OT Toolbox

Visual tracking is a visual skill needed for so many tasks!

Kip McGrath Extra Lessons

Visit to find a Kip McGrath Learning Centre near you

See below how Kip McGrath tutoring is different from other tutors.
Contact Hilda on 064 684 4518 or [email protected] if you are concerned about your child. We are here to help and have spaces available.
#maths #reading #english #afrikaans

Anxious Child: Toys for Anxious Children, Self-Regulation and Emotional Grounding Anxious Child: Toys for Anxious Children, Self-Regulation and Emotional Grounding This article provides helpful toys to calm an anxious child or they can help kids that don’t know how to self-regulate their emotions in the classroom. Affiliate links are includes for your convenience. Integrated Le...

To all our students starting or already writing exams, we wish you every success. Keep doing your best!

Kip McGrath Extra Lessons

Don't miss out on Maths exam revision!

Today is double special for us here at Kip Brackenfell. Its Debbie's birthday! One unique and special person celebrating a unique and once in a lifetime occasion! Happy birthday Debs. Your Kip family loves you very much 💕 Ps, where's our cake 😂

Dyslexia Awareness month Guest: Kalie Naidoo - Clinical Psychologist & course leader on Bellavista S.H.A.R.E


Did you know that there’s a font designed specifically for dyslexic people to read easier. Every dyslexia case is unique, and this font acts as a learning tool to ease the brain. Definitely worth trying it out to see if it will work as a strategy.

Dyslexia font makes reading text so much easier. If you don't know about the Dyslexia font, here's where you can check it out.

You can install it on your tablets, laptops and browsers etc, so not only can you change things like documents into it, you can change websites into that font as well!

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