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Help your young child prepare for the exams

“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you’ll move mountains.” – Dr. Seuss Testing starts at a young age It would seem as...

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Why play is so important for your child’s development

Physical competence is fundamental to cognitive development during early childhood. -Maria Montessori-   How physical activity encourages cognitive development. From the first days of life, children begin using their bodies to learn about the world around them. Developing and mastering certain motor skills allows children greater mastery of themselves...

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The symbolism and psychology of colour

Colors speak all languages. -Joseph Addison- Have you ever wondered why girls (at least in Western Culture) wear pink, and boys blue? Or why you love that particular shade of green, but yellow leaves you cold? Those that study the psychology of colour have an interesting take on the...

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How to raise a culturally aware child.

  What children learn during the preschool years from family members, caregivers and other adults in their life will greatly impact how they will come to value, accept, and comfortably interact with diverse people. (From Scanva.org) Sometimes we are reluctant to raise the subject of differences with our children,...

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The value and role of sport

Sport has a unique power to attract, mobilize and inspire. By its very nature, sport is about participation. It is about inclusion and citizenship. It stands for human values such as respect for the opponent, acceptance of binding rules, teamwork and fairness, all of which are principles which are...

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Communicating in a culturally diverse country

“Recognising that our beliefs and values are not the only way of seeing or doing things opens us up to learning about other perspectives.” From Kidsmatter.edu.au Image courtesy of Pexels.com Being able to communicate across cultural and language differences, is often a challenge worldwide, and one that we meet...

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Getting Organised: Tips and Shortcuts for the busy family

“If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” Benjamin Franklin Image Courtesy of Kaboompics Often it feels as if there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done, especially for parents of young and school-going children. Here are some sensible tips and shortcuts for planning and...

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Housework and chores

Spring has finally arrived, and many of us are thinking about cleaning the house, throwing out the clothes that are outgrown, and generally shaking things up. We think it’s a good idea to involve the whole family in cleaning and spring cleaning, even the youngest children. But how do...

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White Lies

“My flatmate grew up on a farm and was told by her parents that their TV only worked when it rained.” Image Courtesy of Kaboompics We’ve all lied to our kids. Shocking thought, I know, but quite true. And we’re not even talking the most popular white lies out...

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Wonder Woman as a role model

“Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.”  Dr. William Moulton Marston, original creator of the Wonder Woman character. During Women’s Month, we consider the role of women in all areas of modern life. One of the most...

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The history of apps and their place in our lives

“App”: noun, Computers, Informal. 1. an application, typically a small, specialized program downloaded onto mobile devices. Image courtesy of Pexels   We’ve all heard the catchphrase – ‘There’s an app for that’. Well, with the number of apps being developed on a daily basis, this might almost literally be...

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Raising girls to be powerful women

“Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” – Anne Sweeney As we start Women’s Month 2015 let us not forget that all women start out as little girls. It’s up to us as parents, guardians and...

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Mother tongue learning – A bridge to multilingualism

Image Courtesy of Shutterstock “Educationally, a child cannot learn the facts and ideas of what is been communicated unless he has an understanding of the language of instruction.” – European Journal of Social Science, 2009 At Xander Apps we are passionate about the importance of mother tongue education, and...

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Tantrums and Tears

Image courtesy of http://www.freeimages.com/ There is nothing more embarrassing than being that family – the one with the red-faced toddler throwing the mother of all tantrums in a restaurant. Or at the checkout aisle of the supermarket, or the car park. Anywhere, really. Every parent dreads that moment when...

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Xander Xhosa Apps turn one on Mandela Day 2015

We can hardly believe that our Xander Xhosa apps are one year old on Mandela Day.  What started as one entrepreneurial idea has turned into a suite of 18 educational Apps for children in five African Languages. Sibella Knott-Craig’s vision was to create an opportunity for mother-tongue learning through...

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Role Models in the Media: Who do your children look up to?

“In today’s 24/7 media environment, in which kids may be spending more time with media than they are with their parents, choosing positive role models is more important than ever.” Commonsense Media Image courtesy of Public Domain Images We all know the child in preschool who is so fascinated...

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Basic Computer Skills for Kids

“Teaching in the Internet age means we must teach tomorrow’s skills today.” – Jennifer Fleming The world is moving impossibly fast, and it can be intimidating to prepare and equip your children properly. But one thing we do know, is that computers and the internet are here to stay...

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Can children still just be children today?

I was privileged enough to grow up on a farm, where we literally had stones that we pushed around in lieu of toy cars, while making excited revving noises. Not for a minute did I feel that I was missing out, or that my life was anything less than...

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#XanderMoms winter recipes

We’ve previously asked our #XanderMoms how they use and manage technology in their lives. Now that the days are shorter and we are spending more time indoors, we thought we would ask them to share some of their favourite go-to recipes with us. We’re keen to know how they...

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Playing with your food

Remember the mashed potato train? Or the aeroplane spoon with the zooming noises? Moms have tried in a hundred different way to make food interesting, and to get kids to eat their veggies. Some moms take this to new heights, and there is a delightful trend of wild and wonderful...

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