ROOTS RESOURCES is committed to raising the quality of Deaf education in South Africa. Early intervention is the key to literacy development and future academic performance. Our desire is to ensure equal access to all of our resources for teachers and parents.
Benjamin Girl 'Different is Beautiful' is the first in a short series, that explores the life of a little deaf girl through the eyes of her favourite teddy bear. The book serves as a tool for developing empathy and self awareness as the young reader is invited to explore the reality of a little character, who is beautifully different.
'Along came a Strawberry' captures a special evening in the life of Ben and his girl. This little story about fear and courage can be used to unwrap meaningful conversations with young readers. This book provides further opportunity to explore literacy development, language, Theory of Mind and the gift of developing the skill of self-reflection and empathy.
'The Present' is a story which continues to unwrap interesting details of what life might be like being deaf. Set around Esther's seventh birthday, this third book in the Benjamin's Girls series invites the reader to join in a fun-filled day. This celebration digs deeper into the joy of what it means to be different, and how that which makes us each unique can be a gift to others.
Isipho - The Gift, the first of two short stories in the Ingane Yami series, is a realistic account of what life is like for many South Africans living in rural areas. Late identification, long journeys using hospital transport, extensive waits for assistive devices and social stigma are just a few realities that families with children who have special needs face.
'Sibu goes to School' follows on from 'Isipho - The Gift'. The story allows the reader to experience much of Sibu's big day as he sets off hand in hand with his beloved Gogo. They meet a new friend, Mbali, who is also different from many of the other children in their village. Mbali and Sibu, through the events of the day, discover that their special gifts can greatly help each other.
With this first in our series of Deaf Literature, we introduce you to Deaf Poet, Dr Guy Mcilroy. In this rich and beautiful anthology he shares his personal journey toward the Deaf Community as a form of 'home-coming', to a place where he felt at ease and accepted for the first time in his life. Guy has always been a poet at heart and his poems reveal his experiences, sufferings and joys.