Posted in Brands we love, Covid-19/ Coronavirus, Education, Family Life, Family Time, Parenting, preschool curriculum

Superbook – wholesome content to build character.

In November last year Hamish recieved a wonder gift from Superbook and the beginning of a lifelong love for Jesus.

The DVD’s told the story of Jesus’s birth and explained the true meaning of Christmas in a way that touched his little heart.

You can read my review here

But more than that he began to identify with the characters and we soon found ourselves downloading the Superbook App onto my phone.

This opened up a world of Bible stories and learning and we currently use the App in our morning Bible lessons.

But with so many resources out there why Superbook?

There are many reasons we use Superbook,

  • because Hamish identified with the relatable characters
  • The stories are engaging and interesting
  • They are told in a child centered way
  • I know that I’m contributing to his character training and faith presenting him with quality content suitable for children

As more and more parents find themselves homeschooling and unable to take their little ones to church or Sunday school, they are looking for activities and wholesome content for their children during this time.

At Superbook their heart is to see parents become intentional about their children’s spiritual formation.

Forming characters that emulate after the life of Jesus.

Superbook are passionate about offering parents content that forms a base for their children’s spiritual development. Knowing this, it is easy to place your trust in the wonderful resources this App and website offers.

Parents are encouraged to utilise the various Superbook resources and make them part of your child’s daily activity schedule during the coronavirus downtime.

Superbook has great curated content that help shape and form children spiritual development and character. This for me is especially important when bringing up little ones who are experiencing such a challenging time right now.

The best way to use the App

Parents, when using the app and website, are encouraged to not just view it as content that entertains children and keeps them busy but rather a time to explore the bible together with their children.

This is the perfect time to rekindle the wonder, joy and pleasure of knowing God together as a family.

Superbook encourage parents to:

• Explore the characters of the bible with Joy, Chris and Gizmo through the app and website
• Go through the downloadable discussion guides with children after every Superbook video
• Encourage children to play video games that help reinforce biblical messages and lessons.
•Go on a historical journey after every episode with the historical background video’s on the app.


Let the Bible come to life with Gizmo and his friends.

You can find more information at :

www.superbook.cbn.com

Posted in Covid-19/ Coronavirus

Level 4 lockdown: Day 1 – I want to break free

                                   1 May 2020In March we were asked to isolate for 21 days.

No one thought South Africa would still be isolating 35 days later.

With a now struggling economy, as businesses are still closed and many companies not able to open for quite some time, we have  been issued a nationwide plan to ease the community back into it’s once normal.

These divide the country into groups allowing certain sectors to return to work at each level from 5 to 1. ( one being the safest  level) In hopes to still keep practicing social distancing and flattening the curve of the Covid-19 Corona virus.

It also means that our schools are still closed, and parents are at home with their children.

Essential workers are rallying around to find domestic workers and au pairs in order to card for their children.

What can we expect in level 4 ?


Level 4 is still very much like level 5 with the exception of more people back at work, public transport services working and the inclusion of exercise allowed in the form of walking, jogging, running and cycling between 6am and 9am.

Level 4 has also seen the introduction of a nation wide curfew from 5pm to 6am.

Things you can do during level 4:

  • Cycle, run, walk within a 5km radius from your home. But only between 6am and 9am.
  • Return to another province.
  • Attend funerals of close relatives.
  • Buy winter clothing as clothing store are now allowed to trade.
  • Many sectors return to work. Some on skeleton staff, others still requiring vulnerable staff and those who can work remotely to work from home.
  • Postal and courier services resume.
  • Use public transport between certain hours in the day.

Those whose companies have opened have been given compliance lists to meet before allowing them to trade.

Some of these include masks and gloves for every employee, sanitization stations, daily temperature screening with digital thermometers and signage.

Things you can not do during level 4:

  • You may not be out without a work permit, unless getting food or medical assistance.
  • You may not travel between provinces and our borders are closed.
  • Recreational visits are not allowed.
  • Alcohol is not sold.
  • Cigarettes are not sold.
  • Hairdressers are not allowed to be open.
  • No guest house or hotel will be open, except for quarantine purposes.

What does this mean for us?


For us, personally this means that  Brent will return to work daily and we have had to implement stricter sanitation at home.

We have bought the regulation masks and face shields and I’m considering gloves if we go out.
With a greater number of people our chances of getting Covid-19 are now higher.

I have sons who are not able to go back to work until level one and financially we as a family need to weigh up the financial implications of this.

My children, who are grown, have been scattered at their various homes and we have not seen them in person since 26 march. With our new level, this wont change much unfortunately.

We let my teen daughter stay with her older sister where she has a more quiet environment, minus a little brother wanting to play all day and better wifi access for schooling and so, we know she is able to keep learning online but realistically it looks like she won’t return to school before mid June.

For Hamish and I life will continue very much the same. I normally work from home and homeschool him. I also do not have a domestic so I clean myself.

I find the lockdown has not been too different to our normal life, with the exception of no freedom outside and not seeing my older children.

Our first day of level 4


What was our first day of level 4 like?

We woke to a heavy mist over Cape Town and as we are now in Autumn it is dark at 6am, so our exercise waited until 8am.

At 8am, we headed out to the Myciti bus lane for a quick walk.

Hamish took his scooter and there was pure delight at finally being free enough to just scoot about.We both missed nature as our flat garden is incredibly small and not at all adventure friendly.

Hamish took the time to collect some seeds, flowers, empty snail shells and leaves as nature treasure to take home. He also spotted a snail trying to cross the path and moved it so that the cyclists wouldn’t ride over it. It did us both good to get out. We really needed the little bit of nature around us.

There were not many people out in our little suburb and everyone was joyful behind their masks.

The air was filled with happiness and both Hamish and i came inside giggling. The rest of the day was spent trying to keep Hamish entertained and preferably resting his leg as we have found a bubble at the back of his knee.

The doctor thinks this could be a fluid from hurting his leg but we need to wait two weeks to see if it goes down.

Trying to keep an incredibly active 3 year old still …that is a feat harder than enduring 35 days of lock down.


How have you adjusted to level 4? What was your first day like? Did you get some exercise in ? I’d live to hear in the comments.

Posted in Covid-19/ Coronavirus, Family Life, Family Time, Life with my bears, Mamma bears, Parenting

One day

As I scrolled through my Facebook feed, I came across this beautiful reminder of where we are right now, as people, a country, the world.

I wanted to preserve these beautifully written words to one day look back one and remember to always be greatful for what we have.

One day

Author: unknown

A year the world will never forget.

A part of history our grandchildren and those that follow them will learn about in the years to come.

2020

– Lockdown started March 26, 2020, 00:00. – – – -We’re stuck in SA as all borders are closed, no flights in or out, except repatriation of visitors to their home countries

– Part 2 of SA “Lockdown” has also been announced and extended with another 2 weeks… Until April 30, 2020. However, this is only from level 5 to level 4.. still a long way to go.

– Cannot leave your house for any reason except for essential shopping or medical reasons.

– The petrol price is R13.76, the cheapest in a long time.

– School closed, some learners doing online classes.

– Self-isolation measures in place.

– Adhesive tape on the floors at grocery stores to keep shoppers 1m distance from each other.

– A limited number of people allowed inside stores, so queues are outside the store doors and inside too.

– Non-essential shops and businesses are closed. No alcohol or cigarettes for sale.

– All sports cancelled… Olympic games postponed to 2021.

– Concerts, tours, festivals, entertainment events cancelled. Some celebrities have done online performances.

– Weddings, family celebrations, holiday gatherings cancelled.

– Churches are closed.

– Beaches are closed.

– No visits with anyone outside your house.

– Children’s outdoor play parks are closed. May not go for a walk with your dog, run or cycle.

– Lack of masks and gloves in the country.

– Government closes the border for all non-essential trips.

– All flights based, locally and internationally on hold until Sept?

– People wear masks and gloves outside.

– Permits needed to be able to go to work (only workers who qualify level 4)

– Army and police in the streets to make sure no one is outside.

– Everyone gets sanitised when entering a shop. Home deliveries dropped at your gate, no personal contact in any form.

– Rand has weakened to R19,15 against the US dollar. R20,60 to the Euro. R12 to the Aussie Dollar. R23,16 against the GBP

– Repo rate the lowest in decades

This is the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,

Why, am I writing this?

One a day, this will appear in my ” Facebook Memory,” and it will be an annual reminder that life is precious and that we should not take the things we love for granted. We have so much to be thankful for.

Be friendly, love each other and support where you can. ❤