Winter is usually synonymous with being indoors, hiding under the covers. Swellendam, however, is set to come alive this winter with the introduction of Swellendam Winter School. From May to August there will be an exciting opportunity to explore this quaint town, gain new skills and meet people.[Read more…]
Being a parent can be tough at times. One of the things that I find most stressful as a parent is school exams. I know the kids are the ones who should be “stressing” but it’s hard not to join in. If you are also feeling the pressure, SkillUp Tutors could be the solution to your stress and your child’s study needs. [Read more…]
In April 2013, our passionately South African brand, Twinsaver Luxury partnered with TuGo, a proudly South African construction toy, to launch their incredible educational campaign.
In 2007, CEO of TuGo, Abel Chetty’s son was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). ADD inhibits a child from concentrating for long periods of time, which proves to be challenging in classroom environments. Coupled with his wife, Chetty came to the decision to put in place a strategy to help him overcome some of the challenges associated with the condition. The result was the creation of an educational toy set which in turn has also motivated Twinasver Luxury to join forces and assist Chetty in changing the lives of all our children.
Available at CNA stores nationwide, Tugo Free-Play is a stand-alone construction set that encourages children to explore their imaginations by piecing together waste products like cores, cling wrap and foil, to create a masterpiece. The campaign aims to raise awareness about these educational toys, recycling as well as raise funds for a charitable cause.
From April to September 2013, Twinsaver Luxury will be collaborating with TuGo for an in-store promotion supported by a fantastic charity initiative for Cotlands. Each pack of Twinsaver Luxury bought allows consumers to sms a unique code to a number provided on the pack as an entry into a competition. Parents must look out for the coloured cores! For every sms entry received Nampak will donate TuGo blocks to Cotlands for their Toy Library, an area where the Cotlands children can be inspired and educated through. There are also educational prizes up for grabs like a R50 000.00 bursary monthly, various TuGo products as well as an Educational Family trip to the UK.
Hugh Wilson, Commercial Manager of Twinsaver Luxury says “ we really believe this campaign can make a difference in the lives of the less fortunate, education is the cornerstone of making this country great, and being a proudly south African brand we feel it’s time to give back and help make the difference”. To make a difference alongside Twinsaver Luxury and TuGo, and assist with a monetary donation, sms COTLANDS to 38810. Sms charged at R10, proceeds will go to Cotlands.
World Education Games – a chance to put SA students on the map
The World Education Games are just around the corner and include a day dedicated to Literacy, Science and Mathematics.
“We are calling on all learners who want to test their spelling, science and maths skills against students from around the world,” says Rob Masefield, Africa CEO for Mathletics.
World Literacy Day will take place on 5 March, World Maths Day on 6 March and World Science Day on 7 March. Both events are online competitions and participation is free. Learners can go to www.worldeducationgames.com to register. One registration allows access to all events. “Entries close on 5 March so don’t miss out on this fun opportunity.”
“Last year five million students from over 200 countries and territories competed. Entrants compete on different levels depending on their varying ability levels. Learners and classes are divided into four age categories: 4 to 7 years, 8 to 10 years, 11 to 13 years, and 14 to 18 years. There are lots of exciting prizes up for grabs including minted gold medals, special awards and certificates for the top performers. Even teachers and parents can take part in an adult category,” explains Masefield.
On World Literacy Day, students progress through five levels of difficulty based upon word complexity and context, earning one point for every correct answer.
World Science Day is slightly different with three levels of difficulty within each challenge. The easier knowledge questions are worth one point, and the harder application and reasoning questions worth two or three points.
It’s often a struggle to convince children that learning can be fun. MapStudio have accepted the challenge and have changed this. With their new range of products they have managed to make learning basic geography easy and fun.
Educational Pack for 9 – 12 year-olds
Above: The Senior Pack contents on a MapStudio wall map
For children between the ages of 9-12, MapStudio have created an educational pack that includes a pack of cards, displaying interesting information about each of the African countries. What’s even more amazing is that each card also displays each African country’s flag. The pack also includes a 300-piece puzzle of the world and an inflatable globe. This pack allows you to join in on the fun with your kids while they learn about the world. Geography has never been more fun.
A carabineer compass key ring is included in the pack in case your child enjoys exploring the outdoors – whether it be a forest or just your backyard.
Educational Pack for 6 – 8 year-olds
Above: Children playing having fun with the Junior Educational Pack
The Junior Pack is for children between the ages of 6-8. It’s never too soon for kids to learn about the world that they live in. An inflatable globe is included in the pack which kids can play with when they aren’t learning.
Also included is pack of Africa playing cards and a 63-piece jigsaw puzzle of Africa – it’s colourful and great for keeping your kids busy.
World Map Poster with Stickers
Above: 3 sheets of stickers on the colourful
Now getting to know the world can be enjoyable and easy. Unlike any ordinary wall map, this map comes with three sheets of stickers. The stickers are of landmarks, animals and flags around the world. Your kids will love getting to know the world while using these fun stickers.
The map is brightly coloured and easily displays country names, ocean names, mountains, rivers, the equator and tropics. Every child loves stickers, making it a fun and interactive way to learn.
Glow in the Dark World Map
Above: What the Glow in the Dark World Map looks like in the day and the night
A glow in the dark map? When the lights go out, it doesn’t mean that learning needs to stop. When it’s dark, this map glows and what kid doesn’t love anything that glows in the dark? Now you can teach your kids about the world even at night – the perfect bedtime story.
The map marks major cities, towns, major rivers, major roads, routes and every country’s highest peak.
These packs and maps are amazing. Learning geography has never been more fun and simple – every parent’s dream! MapStudio have created a way for kids to learn about the world while having a blast and you might even find yourself joining them.
Article Written By Bianca van der Bergh – Drive South Africa
Homework and school research has never been easier with Britannica Online
The Internet is all about making life easier and more convenient, and this is especially true when it comes to using it as a learning tool for your children. One of the many benefits of subscribing to Telkom’s fixed broadband service is a product called Britannica Online.
Are you tired of how unreliable the information can be on the Internet, and how long it takes to explore all the search engines? The world of accurate and speedy information via Britannica Online awaits! This Telkom product gives your children access to the world – literally! Via videos and images, a world atlas, timelines and a workspace, children are engaged at every corner. Learning has never been so much fun! There are also supplementary resources including journals, magazines, news feeds and Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and thesaurus.
Britannica Online is divided into three learning areas ensuring that the content is age-appropriate: Primary Britannica (for ages 5 – 11), Student Britannica (for ages 12 – 16) and Encyclopaedia Britannica (suited to ages 17 upwards). It delivers quick and easy access to high-quality, comprehensive information suitable for all.
It’s so great that it is used by children and adults alike as it provides a trusted source of information on all topics imaginable. Research any subject, knowing that the information is up-to-date and accurate, thanks to contributors who are experts in their field and editors who fact-check all the content.
The great part about this is that Telkom Internet subscribers have exclusive free access to these Encyclopaedia Britannica services. Why choose Telkom as your service provider? Telkom offers fast, reliable Internet connectivity and fixed broadband allows for wireless connectivity within the home. This means that you can sit at the pool with your tablet device, laptop or smartphone and connect wirelessly to the Internet – without incurring additional costs for Internet connection. What’s even better is that multiple devices can access the wireless network, allowing multiple users within the range of the modem/router the ability to remain connected to the Internet.
As a parent I know how important it is to hone my child’s skills and provide him or her with the best possible tools to enhance their potential and a give them the best chance, at achieving success in this life! Last week I introduced the Beyond Potential program to you – “Beyond Potential” is a group of ex-teachers (and present parents) who understand too well the rigours of modern parenting. They have created an innovative programme with the specific aim to help parents and teachers in their challenging task – to stimulate a child’s imagination & creativity, enhance perceptual, physical and cognitive skills – while the child experiences fun, excitement and discovery! Today I am excited to announce the start of a super giveaway sponsored by Beyond Potential! We are giving away three Activity Packs and three Story Books, as well as one set of Flash Cards. So there will be seven lucky kiddies selected as winners! All you need to do to enter and stand a chance of winning one of these great prizes is complete the entry steps on the Rafflecopter form below and leave a comment, below the post, telling us about your budding Einstein! Please Tweet about the giveaway to let your friends know – Win Awesome Kids Books & Activities with @bpkids and @supermomsablog! a Rafflecopter giveaway
- The Beyond Potential Kids Giveaway will run from 26th October 2012, until the 5th November 2012. The winner/s will then be selected via the Rafflecopter form and announced on my blog and on Facebook. The winners will also be notified via email.
- Entrants need to leave a comment on this blog, below the post, stating that you have completed the above, along with your details in the comment section below this post (please use a valid email address). Your details will be used to validate your entry if you are selected as a winner.
- Please be advised that if you have been selected as a winner on Super Mom Blog in the past three(3) months you are not eligible for entry.
- Conditions of entry: Anyone may enter this giveaway but please be advised that the various companies sponsoring prizes on Super Mom Blog, are based in South Africa and therefore prizes will only be shipped within South Africa. The prizes may not be exchanged for cash.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and with 1 in 29 women in South Africa having the potential to be diagnosed with Breast Cancer, it is definitely something we need to be more aware of! Many breast lumps are harmless, but they should all be checked. Many people adopt the attitude of rather not knowing and think that Cancer is something that will never happen to them. Well think again – ignorance is no way to live your life! It is important to be informed and educated, ensure that you examine your breasts regularly and if you are over 40, to go for regular check-ups to detect any abnormalities before they become life-threatening.
Having lost my own mom to cancer when she was the age I am now, health and well-being is something I am very passionate about and I want to ensure that my girls are informed and understand how lifestyle can affect your health. I thought I would include tips from the CANSA website on living cancer free:
CANSA’s Top Tips on living Cancer- Free
- Eat smart and healthy – Be cancer-smart when choosing, preparing and enjoying food. Avoid processed foods and include lots of fresh vegetables and fruits in your diet.
- Exercise and manage stress – Live a balanced, active lifestyle. Exercise is essential for building immunity and strength. If you’re fit, managing your day-to-day responsibilities will be less stressful.
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco – Limit the use of alcohol or avoid it completely and avoid the use of tobacco products.
- Go for regular screening – Take time to go for regular medical check-ups and screening. Do monthly breast examinations and go for regular Pap smears, every two to three years. Pap smears and breast examinations are important as they help to detect cancer early. The earlier cancer is detected, the higher your chance of surviving cancer. See Women’s Health Infographic and download Leaflets: Breast Cancer| Cervical Cancer.
- Establish a support system – Seek the company of those who inspire you, whether family or friends and spend quality time with them.
- Find daily inspiration – Feed your mind and soul with daily reflections that uplift you and give purpose and meaning to your life. Prayer and positive meditation can enhance your spiritual well-being.
- Nurture a positive attitude and sense of humour – Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to keep you focussed on the positive. Laughter is nature’s medicine and strengthens your immunity. So have some fun!
- Complete treatment – Complete the treatment prescribed by medical and care teams if you are ill.
- Go for regular follow-ups – To avoid the recurrence of cancer, you should practice a balanced lifestyle and go for regular medical check-ups even after remission.
There are various campaigns running at the moment where you can show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness, so get your pink on and help support this most worthy cause! Buy a pink ribbon in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
Super Mom Blog is going pink for the duration of October!