We are in uncertain times, and I have to say it makes the planner inside me rather unsettled.
With a 7 week old and a busy 4 year old, all this mummy wants to do is protect them. My eldest gets sick so often because of school and yesterday my husband and I decided that we would keep him home until this passes.
It’s day two of self distancing and I want to make this next month count, because it’s my last month of Maternity leave, and precious time to bond with my boys together, who knows when I will get this opportunity again?
The first thing is to get my days planned out so to avoid the chaos and anxiety. My first thoughts are for my busy body 4 year old, as my newborn is basically just drinking on demand and sleeping.
I found this useful time table on Instagram from Jessica McHale Photography and I thought it would be a brilliant idea to get some order going in our day.
Credit:Jessica McHale Photography
Kids are going to be out of school for a month or possibly longer and there 35 online sites (some free) to assist with for learning collated from various sources :
1. Vodacom Eschool
Vodacom customers don’t pay for data or content when using Vodacom e-school.are Easy to follow video lessons developed by expert teachers for grades R-12.
You can study at your own pace. You can Rewind and pause video lessons.
Follow the below link to Register:
2. Telkom has also zero rated a number of educational sites.
3. SABC Education Virtual Academy
SEVA provides an online self help platform for learners. The SEVA platform allows you to download free ebooks via E-Funza.
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.
This site is old and no longer updated and yet there’s so much still available, from language learning to BBC Bitesize for revision. No TV licence required except for content on BBC iPlayer.
Free to access 100s of courses, only pay to upgrade if you need a certificate in your name (own account from age 14+ but younger learners can use a parent account).
For those revising at GCSE or A level. Tons of free revision content. Paid access to higher level material.
Free taster courses aimed at those considering Open University but everyone can access it. Adult level, but some e.g. nature and environment courses could well be of interest to young people.
Learn computer programming skills – fun and free.
Creative computer programming
All sorts of engaging educational videos
12.National Geographic Kids
Activities and quizzes for younger kids.
Learn languages for free. Web or app.
Free science lessons
15.The Kids Should See This
Wide range of cool educational videos
You Tube videos on many subjects
17.Crash Course Kids
As above for a younger audience
Science awards you can complete from home.
Digital enterprise award scheme you can complete online.
20.Paw Print Badges
Free challenge packs and other downloads. Many activities can be completed indoors. Badges cost but are optional.
All kinds of making and DIY.
Is in U.S. grades, but good for UK Primary age.
Listening activities for the younger ones.
A lot of these can be done in a garden, or if you can get to a remote forest location!
Resources for English language learning
26.Oxford Owl for Home
Lots of free resources for Primary school kids.
27.Big History Project
Aimed at Secondary school children. Multi disciplinary activities.
29.Blue Peter Badges
If you have a stamp and a nearby post box.
30.The Artful Parent
Free art activities
31.Red Ted Art
Easy arts and crafts for little ones
32.The Imagination Tree
Creative art and craft activities for the very youngest.
Educational online games
34. DK Find Out
Activities and quizzes
This is more for printouts, and is usually at a fee.Twinl is offering a month of free access to parents in the event of school closures.
I will be keeping my little one busy with activities and learning from the sites, if you have any additional resources, please pop me a mail on : firstname.lastname@example.org so I can add it to this list.
Keep safe out there!
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