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Xander Mom: Carly Crawford

  Meet Carly Crawford, mom and blogger from the Free State. She shared some insight into her family and her thoughts in technology and education.   Tell us about yourself? I am a Stay-At-Home-Mom, with two little girls aged 5 and 3. They keep me busy with school runs,...

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6 Brain Foods for Kids

Kids don’t only need a balanced diet to keep their bodies healthy; they need nutritious food to help their brains develop too. The brain absorbs the food we eat, and you can help your child’s cognitive skills, memory and concentration by giving them these six food types, which are...

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Technology is here to stay, chose Healthy Technology today

What is Healthy Technology, and how to identify a good app for your child? Most parents with young children today know that when all of a sudden the mob of activity surrounding the whereabouts of their off-spring go quiet and disappear, they’re usually in a room behind a door secretly...

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Teacher Feature: Cecilia Campbell

Here at Xander we are grateful for the special role teacher’s play in children’s lives and we honor a select few who are passionate about their learners and using technology in their lessons.  Meet Cecilia Campbell from Erika Primary School in Mosselbay in the Western Cape. She was recently honored...

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Xander Mom: Joahan Ganesan

This week we spoke to Johannesburg mom and teacher to her 4 kids, Joahan Ganesan. Take a sneak peak into her busy and extremely well organised life.   Tell us about yourself? I am a 41 year old mom of four, aged 17, 11, 9 and 6. I hold...

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Toys that Help with Brain Body Development

Kids love to play, but doing so is also the primary way in which they learn about the world. Different forms of play and different toys help them learn different skills, developing both body and mind. If you’ve got little ones and want to encourage their development through play,...

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Apps we love: April 2017

This month we gave our awesome kid reviewers the months off to enjoy the school holiday and shared our thoughts on Colourfly, Hidden Pictures and Dr. Panda Restaurant. Each of these apps is fun and challenging in their own way. They each teach different skills and are FREE on both...

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Xander Mom: Nikki Lincoln

  This month we meet blogger and design fundi Nikki Lincoln who shares her thoughts about technology and her family with us.   Tell us about yourself? My name is Nikki, I’m a 32 year old mom to 2 gorgeous little girls – Sophie (3) and Grace (3 months)....

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Expert Interview: Natalie Petersen

  Tell us about yourself and your background? My name is Natalie Petersen. I live and work in Stellenbosch. I am an Operations Manager for Tribage App Studio, we make educational and social impact apps for other companies and organisations. I love cats and I’m the oldest of 5 children....

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Enhance kids’ development with the use of technology

There’s no doubt about the growing function of technology in children’s development. While there’s no replacement for learning with other people, or exploring new ideas through messy activities like worm farming, technology can act as an additional aid to independent learning. Technology can also be used collaboratively to provide children with...

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March App Review: Kid’s Choice

This month our reviewers picked their favourite apps and shared their thoughts with us.   Onalo Konono: Subway Surfer First up Onalo Konono (aged 7) from East London showed us how to play her favourite app, Subway Surfer. Take a look at what she had to say about this...

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African Folklore Stories: The Curse of Chameleon

This month’s African folklore story is about how Chameleon ended up walking so slowly and disguising himself in the trees.     Do you have any ideas for an African Folklore Story you’d like us to record and share? Send us an email with your idea to hello@xander.co.za or contact...

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Xander Mom: Mandy Lee Miller

  We spoke to super mom and blogger, Mandy Lee Miller, about her blogs, her family and her thoughts on technology, learning an chores.   Tell us about yourself? I’m a mommy to a 2 year old named Charlotte (Charly) Rose. My husband and I have been together for...

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Teacher feature: Marga Jonker

The role played by the people who teach your children is crucial. They do not only teach them academic subjects but often life subjects as well. It is often a thankless job and at Xander we want to take time to celebrate the incredible teachers out there. Meet our...

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Xander Kids App Reviews – February 2017

This month we have some new reviewers who took some time out of their busy schedules to play with some great apps and let us know what they think of them. This month our reviews are Cailey (8 years old), Mieka (8 Years old) and the return of Ntathile...

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African Folklore Stories: Why the Warthog is on his Knees

Story-telling is such an important part of a child’s development and encourages a love of adventure, imagination and curiosity. In Africa story-telling is part of a long oral tradition passed down from generation to generation; and with the turn of modernity this is being lost to our children.  ...

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Xander Dad: Vije Vijendranath

  This week we spoke to tech-savvy, start-up pioneer and dad, Vije Vijendranath about his blog for dads, his views on technology and kids and his family. We met Vije’s wife Shan last year as well.   Tell us about yourself? I’m a father of 2. A girl of...

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Expert: Thandekile Ngema

  We spoke to teacher and education consultant for the Breteau Foundation, Thandekile Ngema about using mobile apps in the classroom. She shared some great advice for teachers wanting to add a tech element to their classrooms.   1. Tell us about yourself and your background? I am a teacher by...

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