We’re more than 5 weeks into our national lockdown and we just recently entered level 4. With this comes a few more allowances for the amount of movement we’re permitted. But one thing that hasn’t yet changed? Children still need to be homeschooled and won’t be returning to school very soon. The department of education will be using a phased approach to getting children back to school, starting with grades 7 and 12.
All this being said, no one would say no to some extra educational resources to help their children during these strange times.
Here are 5 educational resources for your kids to make use of during lockdown:
1. Educational TV-programming
The Department of Basic Education (DBE) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) have launched COVID-19 television (TV) and radio curriculum support programmes for learners. The TV schedule is as follows: Monday to Sunday, 05:00 to 06:00 (SABC 1); Monday to Friday, 09:30 to 11:00 (SABC 2); and Monday to Friday, 06:00 to 07:00 (SABC 3)
2. Khan Academy
This platform is especially good for maths and computing for all ages but other subjects at Secondary level. Note this uses the U.S. grade system but it’s mostly common material. It is great to use as an additional resource to reinforce concepts your child may be learning.
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The Learning Trust is an NGO that focuses its efforts on making sure the youth of South Africa have all they need to succeed in their education – they do this by running after school programs which help the youth grow and develop. But during the lockdown, their website has compiled a variety of information and links to learning packs for all grades. There is also vital information on the coronavirus and ways to stay fit and health during the lockdown.
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4. Story-time in all 11 official languages
There are also plenty of children’s storybooks in all official languages. Check out Oaky and the Virus by Atholl Williams. The story is about a bad virus that comes to town. Oaky and his sister, Oaket, discover how to avoid the virus while staying at home and having fun. This book is available for download and ideal for readers aged 9 and younger.
Other great options written by South Africans include Nal’ibali, who are running a 21-day story challenge which encourages children to read or share a story with their family and friends for 15 minutes, every day for 21 days. The Sunday Times’ “Storytime”– includes interesting African stories and African Storybook.
This awesome initiative started by the cellular service provider Vodacom will come to help many disadvantaged families. Vodacom E-school provides the opportunity for learners to access loads of educational content on their phones, tablets or computers without using any data (providing that you’re a Vodacom customer).
“Vodacom e-school provides personalised and powerful learning experiences for students in grades R to 12. The learning content has been designed to supplement and support, all major subjects in the public and private school curricula (CAPS, NSC & IEB) – taking students on a personalised journey to academic mastery”