Last week I showed a lovely set of magnetic learning cards gifted to Hamish and many of you have asked where he got the set.
Today I’d like to introduce you to Ferhensha the dedicated, passionate teacher behind the educational range at Learning through Wood.
Meet the brand
Tell us a bit about your brand
Learning with wood was created to introduce young minds to long lasting and mostly resources made from wood which allow for self teaching and autonomous learning.
With an attempt at marrying structured play and free play or to create a symbiotic relationship between the two, where the resources, through play will teach the child a variety of lessons.
I also wanted for the resources to stimulate on more than one skill at a time.
A set of number pegs will allow for fine motor, cognitive, imaginative, gross motor, listening and a few other skills comprehensively.
What was your inspiration to start your business.
I used to believe I was born to teach to educate young minds, but when I began teaching, I realised that I was actually here to learn and create!
I have learnt so much about children and their ways, I have seen in my almost 13 years of nursery life learning, ‘my’ children learnt and retained lessons the best when they did it through ‘play’ or pretend play of teaching each other, but structured learning is necessary and they need it too.
So all they needed was the right resources to be used during these times and then they would thrive wholly.
I have always made such resources for my classes and now with being in lockdown and what our world is facing, especially with parents having to juggle so much, I thought that this is an excellent way for the children to keep learning on their own with as minimum input from parents as possible.
Homework isn’t important, the understanding of the concepts is.
What is your vision/ mission with your brand
If I can save parents and children from hundreds of photocopied worksheets, more play time and repetition of activities just to allow a child to gain understanding then my mission would be complete and I would have made a big difference with a little resource.
What is your favourite product in your range and why?
The numeracy set. It just offers so much.
A few being:
- number recognition
- Rote counting
- Number conservation
- Number name recognition
- Number name writing
- Number writing
- Imaginative play
- Mathematics concepts
- Less than and more than
Yes, I love this one.
Tell us a bit about yourself- the person behind the brand.
I am in my early 30s, ECD qualified nursery school teacher with a year of psychology.
I’m also a stay at home mum of two little hearts, a 3 year old and an 8 month old.
I have a passion for education in every way you can possibly think it can be used. Education in everything for everyone in the most simplest ways where it is never seen as a task but merely a life experience and one where you’ve received enrichment for your whole self.
What is your favourite quote.
I can’t possibly choose one! But I will share just 2 that have spoken to my life a few times.
Of course I absolute adore Dr. Seuss.
“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
“I don’t think that we’re meant to understand it all the time. I think that sometimes we just have to have faith.”
Nicholas sparks from A walk to remember.
What message would you give a brand just starting out.
Reach out to all your friends and loved ones for help and advice, don’t think you can do it all on your own and have a schedule, don’t let it consume you in those first few months.