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Xander Mom: Heather Step

  Our latest Xander Mom has more than one blog, a full time job as a Montessori teacher and a 3 year old. Meet Heather Step of One Step at a Time and SA Mom Blogs.   Tell us about yourself? My name is Heather, I’m a Montessori preschool...

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Xander Mom: Cindy Alfino

  Cindy is another one of our amazing Xander Moms. Read all about herself, her family and her award-winning blog. Tell us about yourself? Hello! I’m Cindy, although I don’t often hear anyone call me that anymore. Right now I only answer to “Mooooooom”, sometimes even if it’s not my...

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Xander Mom: Belinda Mountain

  Our fourth Xander Mom is Belinda Mountain from Cape Town. She tells us about managing a family, her favourite things about South Africa and her blog. Tell us about yourself? I’m a writer, business owner and mother who lives in Cape Town, South Africa. I dislike windy weather,...

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KamCare: a RE bale

We spoke to Monica Hammes from the KamCare a RE bale programme in Pretoria about their programme and the learners they serve. Tell us about your Programme? Our programme, sometimes known as a RE bale, is an English reading programme using the Reading Eggs software, sponsored by the Click Foundation....

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Xander Mom: Angie Batis

Meet another Xander Mom, Angie Batis. She told us a bit about herself, her blog, her family and parenting choices.   Tell us about about yourself? Hi my name is Angie, I’m a mom, a wife, a photographer, a blogger, I co-own Mr Big Stuff Diner in Braamfontein and I own...

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Three Reasons Every Child Should Fly a Drone

Last month in Mediatech (our library-based tech center), I did something rather insane. I set up a drone flying station. The idea was that anybody — young or old — could try to take off and land a toy drone on a large platform. From a safety and logistics...

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Xander Mom: Elsabe Van Der Colff

  We’re doing a series of reviews on some of our favourite mommy bloggers and women who form part of our Xander Moms programme. This week we spoke to Elsabe Van Der Colff from the lovely little town of Montague in the Western Cape. Tell us about yourself? A mother of two,...

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Aitsa: Dwarsriver Valley Initiative

  What is Aitsa? On the 15th of January 2014 the Dwarsriver Valley Initiative opened an after care centre in the small village of Kylemore just outside Stellenbosch for 25 children. This year the Aitsa! After Care centre caters for 105 children, ages 5 to 8, every weekday afternoon from...

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MRP Foundation: TechED

For the last two years the MRP Foundation has been running its technology-based education programme, TechEd in KwaZulu Natal and working closely with local and global partners. Read more about what they are doing here.  

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How We Learn

I was watching one of the teachers at my daughter’s little school yesterday. She patiently held out the bottom part of a tower for my almost-three-year-old to attach the remaining part. This experience was riddled with frustration for my daughter and exhibited ultimate patience by the teacher. But completing...

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The funny things kids say

Image courtesy of Cafemom It was World Read Aloud Day on the 24th, in which people are encouraged to participate in the promotion and enjoyment of reading out loud. But what happens when the youngsters are old enough to read themselves, or at least attempt to decipher a few...

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International Mother Language Day (21 Feb 2016)

“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language, that goes to his heart.” – Nelson Mandela We’re still talking about all the things we love in February. And how fitting that on...

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Kids and Pets

Images courtesy of Petco February is the month of love, and what love is sweeter than that between a child and their first pet? We automatically think of kids and dogs playing in the garden, but there are a number of other, smaller and more interesting pets to consider...

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Showing love to your children

Not leaving: an act of trust and love, often deciphered by children” ― Markus Zusak, The Book Thief Image courtesy of Jay Blessed In February every year we are surrounded by the images and sounds of romantic love, from heart-shaped balloons in the checkout aisle to boxes of chocolate; there’s...

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How technology has changed the way in which children learn

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” – David Warlick Courtesy of WikiSpaces Technology is growing at an exponential pace, and...

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Why we love Lego

LEGO produces nearly 20 billion LEGO bricks a year – or 36,000 a minute, and also makes 306 million (tiny) tyres a year – more than any other ‘tyre’ manufacturer.   Lego blocks are part of every childhood, and we have surely all spent many happy hours as children...

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Remembering Madiba

“Today I learnt a lot about the way Mr Mandela grew up: (his childhood) is just like mine and yours. I admire him for the fact that he was prepared to die for freedom. When I grow up I want to be just like him.” – Simphiwe Maluleke (12),...

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