As with many other parents, the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, that continue to this day, brought with it serious concerns about my children’s education. Schools scrambled to find the best way to continue educating while parents tried to figure out how to both manage their children’s schooling and navigate work, or as has been the sad case for many of us, a lack of work. Amidst all of the home and digital schooling facilities and resources came to the fore.
In my search to find a way to support my children, I came across the site Twinkl, which provides educational resources for both teachers and learners, all created by teachers.
I registered immediately and printed out some stuff for my daughter, in particular, who had to navigate Grade 3 from home.
With my children’s school having developed a very good teaching system using Microsoft Teams, I have been fortunate in that my ‘home schooling’ workload has reduced drastically but I still, occasionally, tap into Twinkl for Grade 4 and Grade 8 resources. I have since discovered, in this journey, that it isn’t as simple as just having access, but it does help, even if it is my simply going through stuff to get a sense of what my children are working on.
I was, therefore, pleasantly surprised when someone from Twinkl reached out to me about possibly writing something on heritage with South Africa’s Heritage Day happening on September 24th. Heritage in contributing to the crafting of our identity is important to me and I write about it in my book Listen To Your Footsteps.
Please check out my short post What Does ‘Cultural Heritage’ Mean To You for Twinkl and share your thoughts.