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Educo Solutions provides free online accredited SETA courses

Educo Solutions, the organisation that supplies free, accredited education to our country’s youth, has fast-tracked its digital services, launching Educo Academy in an attempt to counter the negative impact Covid-19 is having on the educational environment.

The online learning portal allows all Educo students to conduct their courses remotely and for free, helping them to continue progressing during lockdown.

Educo Academy won’t replace the existing learning centres situated in Alex Mall, Protea Glen Shopping Mall, Diepkloof Library and the newest addition in the Libridge Building, Braamfontein. It is, instead, an easy-to-access tool for students to keep learning whilst locked down, one that they will continue to use at their respective centres when they return to class.

The launch of Educo Academy means Educo is also not limiting its services to the physical learning centres in Gauteng.

“Since we announced Educo Academy last week on social media, we have had dozens of registration requests from potential students all over the country,” says Ayanda Makwanazi. “This bodes well for a mobile platform that aims to provide South Africa’s qualifying youth with much-needed opportunities to up-skill themselves through education, no matter where they live.”

“With Educo Academy, all a student needs is a device to connect to the site,” explains Ayanda Mankwanazi, Educo’s Head of Academics and Facilitation. “This innovation in remote learning opens up our services to the nation. Our existing students can continue their studies uninterrupted, and many more now have the opportunity to join our programme and better themselves.”

In addition to the Q&A function on Educo Academy, each student is assigned to a facilitator who offers support on WhatsApp, either to their group or on a one-on-one basis.

Educo Academy is a positive development that aims to alleviate the stress and uncertainty of these difficult and testing times. It is easy to use and, most importantly, the data is zero-rated, with Educo Solutions picking up all the data costs involved. For the thousands of students currently stuck at home, it offers enormous benefits and hope.

Educo Solutions began registering new students immediately after the launch of Educo Academy, and is encouraging all qualifying South Africans to register and apply for their new 3 -month Digital Business Skills Program.

The course covers a wide variety of skills including Microsoft office and business communication to, and very relevant right now, dealing with HIV and Pandemics in the workplace.

Students will receive a certificate of completion after their 3-month Digital Business Skills programme, as well as earning Unit Standard credits towards a 12 Month National Certificate should they wish to continue their studies.

With youth unemployment on the rise, South Africa’s younger generation are in desperate need of skills that set them apart and enable them to gain access to the labour market.

Educo Solutions is directly addressing the country’s educational and skills gap by providing free, quality NQF and SETA-accredited education to unemployed youth between the ages of 18 and 28. And with the launch of Educo Academy any qualifying individual can do this course from their mobile phone free of charge and reap the benefits.

On completion of a 12-month course contract focusing on relevant skills like end-user computing and business communication, these up-skilled graduates find themselves in an ideal position to enter the formal job market and apply for jobs like secretaries, data capturers, admin staff and customer service agents.

To qualify

  • one must be South African
  • unemployed
  • and between the age of 18 and 28.

For interested individuals, you can register at this link:https://bit.ly/EducoDigital
Or email:Hello@educosolutions.co.za

For more information:www.educosolutions.co.za

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Denon Home Arrives in South Africa : upgrade to superb wireless sound

Denon Home arrives in South Africa and you can upgrade to superb wireless sound featuring AirPlay 2

Lockdown has reminded us of the importance of family and home time. Now more than ever is the time to invest in your home making it the perfect listening haven during these challenging times and beyond.

Music decreases stress, makes us feel happy and brings ustogether. Never underestimate the important role it plays in your well-being.

Denon Home, has arrived in South Africa, available exclusively through the Homemationdistribution network. These wireless speakers have phenomenal sound that takes your music into every corner, even in large rooms. And good music helps relieve stress…

Denon Home is a multi-room player that delivers the full package, and features Airplay 2 which has Denon-lovers from across the globe very excited. Superb wireless sound has officially been upgraded! The Denon Home speakers play all your music wirelessly with Hi-Fi quality sound, in any room of your home. Stream from popular music services and make use of quick pre-selections with a light touch.

The Denon Home collection of wireless speakers delivers Wireless Whole-Home Audioand plays all music with the great sound you’d expect from Denon. Pair it with another Denon Home speaker for stereo or combine it with other HEOS built-in products and listen to your music everywhere with multi-room audio.

Every Denon Home speaker is built to deliver outstanding audio quality. With advanced acoustic hardware, expertly tuned digital signal processing and premium drivers, the Denon Home delivers the clearest highs and deepest lows.

All the great music services are fully integrated: Spotify Free and Premium, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL, TuneIn, Deezer and more via Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2 or Bluetooth connection. Works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

Set the mood that’s just right with your personal music collection – even in high-resolution.

The HEOS App is all you need to get started with effortless setup and operation. Download it from the Apple Store or the Play Store and integrate the Denon Home into your home net­work within minutes. Control everything easily with your mobile device and make use of quick pre-selections with a light touch.

With its elegant design and exquisite materials, the Denon Home is strik­ing and will attract instant attention. And yet, it is subtle enough to blend into your style perfectly, meeting highest aesthetic demands.

The Denon Home 150 is a compact wireless speaker for every room and starts from R 5 990.

The Denon Home 250 is a mid-size wireless speaker for bigger rooms and starts from R 11 490.

The Denon Home 350 is the flagship wireless speaker for big sound and starts from R R15 990.

Homemation is a specialist supplier of premium branded audiovisual, home automation and home theatre products. The brands in their stable offer some of the most advanced and sought-after home automation, AV and sound technology in the world. Homemation has the exclusive distribution, in Africa, of global leading brands such as Control4, Definitive Technology, Denon, Heos, Klipsch, Monitor Audio, Polk Audio, Steinway Lyngdorf, Stewart Filmscreen, SVS, Lutron, Roksan and Michi.

Call Homemation on 011-781 8887 for your nearest reseller, or visit www.homemation.co.za or www.control4.co.za

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Infertility: Don’t wait until it’s too late!

June is World Infertility Awareness Month and there’s no better time to be proactive about your fertility health.


Parenthood is undeniably one of the most universally desired goals in adulthood, and most people have life plans that include children. However, not all couples who want a pregnancy will achieve one spontaneously and a proportion will need to seek medical treatment to help resolve underlying fertility problems.

It’s therefore understandable that infertility has been recognised as a public health issue worldwide by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“Infertility is when you cannot get or stay pregnant after trying for at least a year and you are under the age of 35,” says Dr Sulaiman Heylen, President of the Southern African Society of Reproductive Medicine and Gynaecological Endoscopy (SASREG).

One in every four couples in developing countries is affected by infertility, while one in six couples worldwide experience some form of infertility problem at least once during their reproductive lifetime.

The current prevalence of infertility lasting for at least 12 months is estimated to affect between 8 to 12% worldwide for women aged 20 to 44.

In recent years, the number of couples seeking treatment for infertility has dramatically increased due to factors such as postponement of childbearing in women, development of newer and more successful techniques for infertility treatment, and increasing awareness of available services.

This increasing participation in fertility treatment has also raised awareness and inspired investigation into the psychological ramifications of infertility.

It can cause stress, depression and anxiety, which is why it is important to know that there are options available for treatment.

Age is a key factor

“Up to 50% of all patients who visit a fertility centre are 35 or older. We cannot stress enough how important it is for people not to wait too long when they consider having children. Young women need to be aware that there is a slow decline in fertility from their 20s until the age of 35, after which it starts to decrease rapidly until the age of 45,” says Dr Heylen.

“It’s extremely important for couples to investigate fertility options and fertility preservation earlier in life, rather than leaving it too late. A woman who is not ready to have a child can choose to freeze her eggs to try to preserve her ability to have a child later,” says Dr Heylen.

It’s estimated that 20 to 30% of infertility cases are explained by physiological causes in men, 20 to 35% by physiological causes in women, and 25 to 40% of cases are because of a problem in both partners.

In 10 to 20% no cause is found. Infertility is also associated with lifestyle factors such as smoking, body weight and stress.

A woman’s age is one of the most important factors affecting whether she is able to conceive and give birth to a healthy child.

This is due to several changes that are a natural part of ageing:

  • The number and quality of eggs (ovarian reserve) decreases naturally and progressively from the time a woman is born until the time she reaches menopause.
  • It is not only more difficult to get pregnant (conceive), but miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities in the child (such as Down syndrome) are more common in older mothers.
  • Fibroids, endometriosis, and tubal disease are more common and can affect fertility.
  • Women who become pregnant at an older age have a higher risk of complications during the pregnancy, such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia.
  • The decrease in a man’s fertility appears to occur later in life than in a woman’s fertility. In their mid-to-late 40s, men experience changes in their sperm that can cause issues with fertility, and chromosomal or developmental problems with their children.

Lifestyle and family history

If you have any of the following risk factors, you may also consider seeking advice earlier:

  • Family history (i.e., mother or sister) of early menopause (before age 51)
  • History of cigarette smoking in either partner
  • Previous ovarian surgery
  • Exposure to chemotherapy or radiation to treat cancer in either partner
  • Shortening in the time between periods
  • Skipped or missed periods
  • History of injury to the testicles
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals (certain pesticides or solvents)

Pregnancy is a complex process

Pregnancy is the result of a process that has many steps. To get pregnant:

  • A woman’s body must release an egg from one of her ovaries (ovulation).
  • A man’s sperm must join with the egg along the way (fertilise).
  • The fertilised egg must go through a fallopian tube toward the uterus.
  • The fertilised egg must attach to the inside of the uterus (implantation).

Infertility may result from a problem with any or several of these steps.

For the pregnancy to continue to full term, the embryo must be healthy and the woman’s hormonal environment adequate for its development.

When just one of these factors is impaired, infertility can result.

Couples, dependent on the ages of the partners, are generally advised to seek medical help if they are unable to achieve pregnancy after a year of unprotected intercourse. The doctor will conduct a physical examination of both partners to determine their general state of health and to evaluate physical disorders that may be causing infertility.

Usually both partners are interviewed about their sexual habits in order to determine whether intercourse is taking place properly for conception.

If no cause can be determined at this point, more specific tests may be recommended. For women, these include an analysis of ovulation, x-ray of the fallopian tubes and uterus, and laparoscopy. For men, initial tests focus on semen analysis.

“Based on the results of the specific tests, a treatment plan will be made which can include medication, surgery or assisted reproduction,” says Dr Heylen.

Treatment options

Not all couples who desire a pregnancy will achieve one spontaneously and some will need medical help to resolve underlying fertility problems.

It is now estimated that more than 9 million babies have been born worldwide since the first IVF baby was born in 1978.

Most assisted reproductive technology (ART) treatments take place in women aged between 30 and 39.

The most common fertilisation technique is ICSI (intracytoplasmic sperm injection). Overall, ICSI accounts for around three-quarters of all treatments worldwide, and conventional IVF around one-quarter. Success rates from frozen embryo transfer are increasing, as are the number of frozen cycles. Vitrification, as an efficient cryopreservation technique, has improved the outcome of both embryo and oocyte (immature egg cell) freezing.

Infertility often creates one of the most distressing life crises that a couple has ever experienced together.

The long-term inability to conceive a child can evoke significant feelings of loss. Coping with the multitude of medical decisions and the uncertainties that infertility brings can create great emotional upheaval for most couples.

“If you find yourself feeling anxious, depressed, out of control, or isolated, you are not alone,” says Dr Heylen. “Infertility is more common than you may think, but there is no reason to lose hope. Visit a fertility clinic near you to speak to a doctor about the options available to you and your partner.”

For more information, visit www.merckfertilityjourney.co.za

References:
1. Boivin J, Bunting L, Collins JA, Nygren KG. International estimates of infertility prevalence and treatment-seeking: potential need and demand for infertility medical care [published correction appears in Hum Reprod. 2007 Oct;22(10):2800]. Hum Reprod. 2007;22(6):1506‐1512. doi:10.1093/humrep/dem046
2. Word Health Organisation. Sexual and reproductive health. Global prevalence of infertility, infecundity and childlessness. [March 2020] Available from:https://www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/infertility/burden/en/
3. European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). ART fact sheet. [May 2020]. Available from:www.eshre.eu/-/media/sitecore-files/Press-room/ART-fact-sheet-2020-data-2016.pdf?la=en&hash=AB68A67B4FEA7723F2125B02BCB93FB837139CD4
4. The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Women’s Mental Health. Fertility & Mental Health: Stress, depression, and anxiety associated with infertility and its treatment. [May 2020]. Available from:https://womensmentalhealth.org/specialty-clinics/infertility-and-mental-health/
5. American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Does my age affect my fertility? Fact Sheet from ReproductiveFacts.org. [May 2020]. Available from:https://www.reproductivefacts.org/news-and-publications/patient-fact-sheets-and-booklets/documents/fact-sheets-and-info-booklets/does-my-age-affect-my-fertility/
6. American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Medications for Inducing Ovulation: A Guide for Patients. [May 2020]. Available from: http://www.reproductivefacts.org/globalassets/rf/news-and-publications/bookletsfact-sheets/english-fact-sheets-and-info-booklets/booklet_medications_for_inducing_ovulation.pdf
7. Merck. How is infertility diagnosed? [May 2020]. Available from: http://www.merckfertilityjourney.co.za/about-infertility/

The information provided herein is intended to support and not replace the advice of your Healthcare Professional. Always seek the advice of your treating Healthcare Professional if you have any questions regarding your individual treatment plan. Merck (Pty) Ltd. Reg. No.:1970/004059/07. 1 Friesland Drive, Longmeadow Business Estate South, Modderfontein, South Africa, 1645. Tel: +27 (0) 11 372 5000 / Fax: +27 (0) 11 372 5252. Report adverse events todrug.safety.southeastafrica@merckgroup.com or +27 (0) 11 608 2588 (fax). SEA/NONF/0520/0019a. May 2020.

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Tips for Dad from GLAD

Dad, we are GLAD to have you and for all that you do!

Father’s Day is a day to show our fathers, grandfathers and the special men in our lives how much we love and appreciate them!

For dads who cook, braai, pack lunches, are handy men and so much more, GLAD salutes you and we have a great tool to share with you – GLAD Press‘n Seal – which is as strong and versatile as you.

GLAD Press’n Seal stands out amongst other types of wraps as it doesn’t just cling – it seals.

It seals to a variety of surfaces including glass, paper, plastic and wood.

It helps keep food fresh, in the refrigerator and freezer, prevents spills and can be used in the microwave.

It has many uses both in the kitchen, around the home and while on the go that can help make your life simpler.

Handy Tips for Dads;

In the kitchen:

  • Want to keep leftovers and reheat later? Seal your container or plate with GLAD Press‘n Seal.
  • Minimise mess by covering kitchen counters, chopping boards/preparation surfaces when working with sticky, messy foods with GLAD Press’n Seal. It will stay put while you work.
  • Buy meat / chicken / seafood in bulk then separate them into portions – wrap each portion in GLAD Press’n Seal and freeze. This helps prevent ice crystals from forming plus meal portions are prepared and ready to be used.

Around the home:

  • When moving household or office items, use GLAD Press’n Seal to cover draws, containers or baskets – anything that has items in it that could move during transportation will be kept in place.
  • It can also be used to protect mirrors, glass cabinet doors, TV and computer monitors from being scratched.
  • When your laptop isn’t in use, you can cover the screen, keyboard and ports with GLAD Press’n Seal to prevent the laptop getting fingertip smears on it and protects it from dust.
  • Line paint trays with GLAD Press’n Seal for an easy clean. If you aren’t finished with the job, wrap the brushes in GLAD Press’n Seal and store in the fridge to keep the paint from hardening on them.
  • Make taking out the garbage a little less messy. Line the bottom of your garbage can with GLAD Press’n Seal in case of spills or sticky messes, which can simply be peeled away.

Travelling:

  • Wrap your phone, keys or wallet in GLAD Press’n Seal for around the pool, beach, in the rain or on a boat to keep everything dry.
  • GLAD Press’n Seal can be used to wrap toiletries when travelling to avoid any spilling onto clothes or other luggage items.

As busy, hands on dads we hope that these tips make your life a little easier. Thank you for all you do!

Happy Father’s Day from GLAD, sealed with a kiss!

All GLAD products are made for your convenience with the purpose of keeping your food fresh for longer. GLAD – Saving good food. From going bad.

Recommended Retail Price:

R 150.

Please visit www.glad.co.za for more information

Posted in babies, Brands we love, Family Life, Parenting

Meg faure and the Parent Sense App

I was excited to attend the online launch of Meg Faure’s brand new parenting platform – Parent Sense.

About Parent sense

Parent sense is mobile App that takes the guess work out of parenting your new baby.

I wish this had been around when my own 7 children were babies.


This ingenious App, follows Meg Faure’s practical parenting advise and delivers intuitive, age related content with personalised routines for your baby each day.

The app automatically adjusts to the time baby wakes and takes into account that all babies are different.

Parent sense assists moms to :

*know their babies ideal daily routine

*keep track of milestones

*keep track of your baby’s sleep routine

* keep track of baby’s feeding times

And offers trusted stimulation ideas and nutritional recipes.

With this great app parents will have comfort, control and peace of mind whilst raising their little ones. Taking the guesswork out of parenting.

Download the App on Google Play Store or the Apple Store

Image credit : Parent Sense

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Homemation Presents : The Sound of Winter

With winter approaching, along with some human hibernation… having superb sound and peace of mind in your home, can make the winter months cosy and comfortable.

Set up your home with the latest tech from the Homemation distribution network, for a warm and snug winter for you, your family and friends.

Soundbar

The new Klipsch 40 soundbar will give you pure music quality that is crisp and reliable.

The wooden box design radiates style, elegance and class of a different tier.

Neeo Remote

For peace of mind, add the new Neeo remote to your Smart House home automation collection.

The new Neeo remote from Control4, is true sophistication in the palm of your hands to control and coordinate your entire home.

In homes small to large, new and old, Control4 delivers power and performance in one system that seamlessly coordinates your home technology creating complete, brilliant experiences—interactions that fit your lifestyle and are easy for your family to enjoy.

With one touch, dim the lights, stream high-resolution music, turn up the heat, lock the doors and arm the security system.

Check in on cameras or see who’s ringing the doorbell – from wherever you are.

It’s a smarter living experience and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.

Headphones

The Klipsch Heritage HP-3 headphones have a stylish wooden-look finish. While other headphones are made for functionality only, these are made for both functionality and statement. A statement that no one can ignore, with the custom solid-steel rod headphone stand with detachable braided nylon cables.

With a design this beautiful, these headphones are meant to be displayed and listened to all year long.

Homemation is a specialist supplier of premium branded audiovisual, home automation and home theatre products.

The brands in their stable offer some of the most advanced and sought-after home automation, AV and sound technology in the world.

Homemation has the exclusive distribution, in Africa, of global leading brands such as Control4, Definitive Technology, Denon, Heos, Klipsch, Monitor Audio, Polk Audio, Steinway Lyngdorf, Stewart Filmscreen, SVS, Lutron, Roksan and Michi.

Call Homemation on 011-781 8887 for your nearest reseller, or visit www.homemation.co.za

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Bramley Introduces a New Magnolia Tissue Oil Sensitive Skin Range

For almost twenty years Bramley has been caring for women with their famous Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil and other essential body care ranges and products.

Magnolia Range

Based on Magnolia Tissue Oil Bramley have now created an extended range of exciting body products using natures natural oils, Argan, Olive, Jojoba, Vitamin E and other key ingredients to create that beautiful you.

Magnolia Tissue oil range for sensitive skin is specifically formulated for sensitive skins and intense moisturisation and nourishment.

All products are easily absorbed, non-greasy and dermatologically approved.

This range focuses on assisting in the treatment and appearance of:
· Dehydrated skin
· Skin tone
· Skin health
· Scars
· Stretch marks

Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil Sensitive Skin Spray – R24.99
The ultimate skin treatment!
This miracle oil in a convenient spray pack is easily applied and quickly absorbed.
It’s enriched with 100% natural oils (Argan, Olive and Jojoba oil), antioxidants, vitamins and our unique Bio-Pharm Oil to intensely moisturise, slow aging, improve skin tone and help soothe irritated skin.
Packaged in a convenient easy to use spray application this non-greasy and easily absorbed
Product isenriched with a variety of 100% natural oils, antioxidants and vitamins that slows ageing, improves skin tone,helps soothe irritated skin
and is an ideal treatment for the improvement and appearance of scars, stretch marks, dehydrated skin, cuticles, hair and scalp

Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil Sensitive Skin Body Lotion – R24.99
The first step to flawless skin!
This gorgeous cream enriched with 100% natural oils -Argan, Olive and Jojoba, antioxidants, vitamins and unique Bio-Pharm Oil keeps skin healthy, well moisturised and beautiful.
This product is enriched with olive, argan, jojoba, Bio-pharm and Vitamin oil. It is 100% natural moisturisers and antioxidants and an ideal treatment for the improvement and appearance of dry and dehydrated skin, rough skin spots, skin health, dull skin, skin ageing and cuticles.

Bramley Magnolia Tissue Oil Sensitive Skin Serum – R24.99 (available in stores from 21 June 2020)
Perfect skin starts here!
This powerful blend of 100% natural oils (Argan, Olive and Jojoba oil) antioxidants, vitamins and unique Bio-Pharm Oil assists the face and bodies own renewal process resulting in healthy skin texture and tone.
The serum should be used daily in combination with a Magnolia tissue oil or lotion.
It is non-greasy and easily absorbed to enriched with a variety of 100% natural oils, antioxidants and vitamins which
slows ageing, improves skin tone and helps soothe irritated skin.
An ideal treatment for the improvement and appearance of scars, stretchmarks, dehydrated skin.

All products are available at PEP Stores Nationwide

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21 days of delicious with a Harck & Heart DIY cookie kit

We recieved this yummolicious DIY box of 21 German ginger biscuits from Harck & Heart.

What is inside the box?

The luxurious biscuits are pre-baked and beautifully packaged.

Inside the box, the kit contains everything you need to decorate the biscuits.

  • Icing sugar
  • Craft sticks to mix and spread icing
  • 2 containers to mix and store icing
  • Chocolate vermicelli
  • Rainbow sprinkles
  • Assorted sprinkles
  • Bag of sweets

There are even instructions, so if like me you are not to sure how to make the royal icing correctly, to decorate biscuits you are easily guided.

Icing your biscuits

This is the first success I’ve personally had with icing shaped biscuits. ( I may need a bit more practice but it was tons of fun) and I was suprised at how easy it was to mix the royal icing.

Just add a little water or lemon juice to your icing sugar.

When decorating the biscuits,I chose just to use the white icing, but you could make any colours by just adding your own colouring.

Although we were supplied with craft sticks to ice the biscuits, I found that by giving Hamish a clean paint brush he was able to ice his biscuits with less mess.

Themes

The 21 biscuits are packaged in pairs for freshness and to allow you to either decorate one a day or all in one go.

We enjoyed guessing each packets theme.

With cute themes like:

  • dinosaurs
  • tea party
  • ninjas
  • cars
  • dogs
  • Gingerbread people
  • Emoji faces
  • and princess

These delicious ginger biscuits cater for the whole family.

Decorating the biscuits

Theres no right or wrong way to decorate these biscuits and your imagination is the limit.

Allowing you to make them as fancy, plain or sweet as you prefer.

There is more than enough icing supplied and it’s advisable to mix up small amounts as you go, as not to waste.

We also chose to separate the sweets as I found it easier for Hamish to decorate his creations with the sweets separated into smaller containers. ( Although I’m still sure he ate more than he decorated with.)

Kids

Hamish was incredibly excited to make his own biscuits and went to town nibbling sweets and decorating his tea time treats as soon as I opened the box.

After weeks of being cooped up inside this was just the right distraction we needed to lift our moods and introduce some fun into our week.

The kit is easy to use and would be wonderful

  • for a family night, with each family member decorating their own dessert.
  • At a birthday party take home treat,each guest could make one to take home.
  • As a luxurious gift to family or friends to tell them you are thinking of them.
  • As a fun activity to break lockdown bordom.

Even my teen, Ronan jumped on board to let his creativity loose and create his own fancy treats.

Taste test

But the proof is always in the tasting and not only were these biscuits fresh, they were delicious.

This really was the most fun in a box and just the thing we needed to beat the lockdown bordom.

Special

Harck & Heart are running a special promotion of 30% these fantastic DIY cookie baking kits until the end of May.

Grab a box today and enjoy these delightful biscuits.

Posted in babies, Education, Fun Mamma SA Products we love, Fun Mamma SA Toy of the Week, Parenting, preschool, preschoolers, STEM, Toddlers

Fun maths games with Building Genius by Moluk

We are huge fans of the Moluk design brand and I can not recommend these open ended toys more.

Read my reviews on the awesome bilibo and oibo

So you can imagine our excitement when Straight_zigzag sent Hamish the latest product – Building Genius.

This soft, safe, silicone construction toy comprises of 3 of each of the brands popular products – Mox, Hix and Oibo.

Truly toys that grow with your child and can be used from baby stage.

With so many uses.

  • Your baby 0 -1 year can grasp and sense.
  • Toddlers 1-3 can stack and build.
  • Children 3 – 12 can imagine and invent.

We spent some time exploring the products and using them in lessons to:

  • count objects
  • sort colours and shapes
  • identify shapes
  • do maths sums
  • build

We also used them in play….

  • Hamish used them in free play with water to experiment with volume
  • we turned the hix into boats and see who could blow them across the bilibo fastest
  • he rolled the mox balls to the bilibo
  • practised throwing and catching with them
  • and he played with them using his imagination creating robots

The hix fold into 3 sizes and are great for fine motor development as your child manipulates the silicone into it’s different sizes.

The mox balls have groves that could look like eyes and slits which Hamish calls a mouth. You can post items inside for your child to get out or let them squeeze the sides to open the mouth.

The oibo are also flexible and the mox fit inside. Hamish loves to pop the balls in and manipulate the sides of the oibo to get them out.

How to use the Building genius in lessons

Nothing excites me more than a toy we can use in lessons, mostly because I know that I will immediately have Hamish’s full attention and that he will grasp the concept a lot faster because he is enthusiastic to play.

I jumped straight in by introducing the building genius to our next maths lessons.

We’ve been working on sizes and Hamish categorized the hix into:

– small, medium and large

-big, bigger, biggest

-small, smaller, smallest

Next we reinforced categorizing and sorting by placing the items on a piece of paper to match the colours.

Lastly we reinforced shape names and properties by looking at the hix, mox and obio and discussing what shape they were and how many sides each had. Then Hamish grouped each onto a piece of paper with its corresponding shape.

Using familiar objects and favourite toys in learning activities makes learning a concept much more enjoyable.

So, although Hamish loves to build and create his own items with this lovely set, he also loves to add them to his learning time.

I love the possibilities of play and learning that this set of toys offer and can’t wait to share the new and innovative ways we find to introduce them into our every day learning and play

Posted in Covid-19/ Coronavirus, Education, Giving back, Parenting, Press releases, Tweens & Teens

Hope for South African matric learners as radio lessons are launched

The premature closure of schools due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Africa has resulted in both challenges and opportunities, with many learners missing out on large pieces of work especially in term two. In an effort to support rural learners without access to television classes, computers or data, Kagiso Trust has partnered with the Limpopo Department of Education to provide radio lessons to our grade 12 learners. The scheduled lessons will commence via Capricorn FM radio from Monday 11 May 2020.

“Kagiso Trust has long believed that education is the key to overcoming poverty,” says the organisation’s CEO, Mankodi Moitse, “ Over the past 16 years we have created education programmes structured to have the highest impact and greatest sustainability. Our work in the Free State is testament to that.”

Radio lessons will be hosted on Capricorn FM, Sekhukhune FM and Tubatse FM from Monday to Sunday hourly.

The Limpopo MEC for Education Ms Polly Boshielo said, “Crafted lessons will be offered by expert appointed subject teachers with an excellent track record in the subject that they offer. These are the teachers who recorded 80% and more pass rate in the subjects that they have been teaching since 2017. We believe that their expert content knowledge will benefit more than 80% of the current grade 12 learners in Limpopo.”

COO of Kagsio Trust, Themba Mola said, “Grade 12 learners have already lost more than 30 days since the lockdown coupled with the possibility of losing another month if the phase-in model announced by Minister becomes a 1st of June return. This model of mediating learning will strengthen teaching and learning in the absence of face to face conventional classes.”

Capricorn FM will focus on MST subjects (Mathematics, Sciences and Technologies), including Mathematics, Mathematical Literacy, Physical Sciences, Life Sciences and Agricultural Sciences. “These are the subjects that are highly enrolled and determine the standard and quality of education offered in Limpopo province.

Currently, the main subject of the five, that still poses a serious challenge in the province is Mathematics, whose performance is still below the threshold,” said Mola.
“These are the subjects that are highly enrolled and determine the standard and quality of education offered in Limpopo province.

The other 7 non-MST subjects will be broadcast by the community radio stations in the both Sekhukhune East and South education districts. They include English FAL, Sepedi HL, Accounting, Business Studies, Economics, History and Geography.

Each live broadcast lesson will last for an hour per day during and after the lockdown period. The first 30 minutes is allocated to the teacher to mediate learning and the other 30 minutes will be reserved to the learners to interact with the teacher through questions or comments.

Content will largely cover term 1 and 2 scope and will be supplemented by face to face contact sessions after learners shall have returned back to school.

“In a province as large as Limpopo, radio is the perfect platform to reach most learners,” says Moitse. “ This is about inclusivity. It is about access to information. It is about gathering together around a radio like we once all did. This is the new normal. We call upon everyone to support the radio lessons and #KagisoRadioTeachers – local teachers, broadcasting across Limpopo, straight into the homes of learners.”

Detail:

  • Capricorn FM willbroadcast lessons 5-6pm Monday to Friday on the Just Drive show.

  • And every Saturday and Sunday 9-10am on The Saturday Breakfast and The Sunday Restoration respectively.

  • Podcasts will be available on the station’s website and learners from other provinces can listen via livestreaming

For more information please visit the following stakeholder websites for schedule information on classes: