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How to stay sane in the Covid-19 Lockdown

How to stay sane in the Covid-19 Lockdown

I assume you’re feeling just as worried and uncertain about how things will roll-out as I am. As a mother of 2 younger children – balancing running a company alongside keeping my kids fed, occupied and minimising screen-time – leaves me feeling frazzled at the end of the day. 

So what should we be doing? What’s going to happen? 

I don’t have the answers, but some things I feel fairly certain about: 

    • Shops should get their stock levels right again in a week or so, even if it means limiting people’s bulk buying. Once the shock of lockdown reduces – grocery stores will better predict their stock needs. We saw this happening after the initial shut-down. Let’s not panic.  
    • Schools are unlikely to go back on 14 April as announced last week. We’re thinking the best outcome is May or June, and June holidays will be used as catch-up time. This means finding solutions that keep your kids learning remotely while not requiring too much from you, the parent, is going to be key. A number of free resources and links are included below – each of them vetted by us as appropriate and enriching.  
    • Our kids will be bored at home – and that’s ok. If they have siblings, here is the time for collaborative projects around the house and innovative problem solving – building those 4iR skills we keep on hearing about. Screen-time can be the reward, not the entitlement. 
    • Screens are also ok, just try to limit them somewhat. We’re all stressed and feeling the looming cabin-fever that’s almost here. Some good ‘ol escapist tv or games is understandable.
    • Exercise will be tough to achieve. Why not do a group exercise class using Youtube every morning with your teenage kids? Google “20 minute workout” or “30 minute yoga” and you’ll be amazed at the choice. 




It’s not going to be easy, but this lockdown will become the new normal eventually. Let’s look for the silver linings – like more family time, less traffic and a general slowing down of life – so that we’re not drowning in the negatives. Bill Gates has some really great insights here to hopefully inspire you….read more

Stay safe and warm. 

Joanne – MD Brighter Futures

Free resources across the curriculum: 

  • This Google Doc has a really extensive list of maths, science, technology, music/arts, virtual tours (museums, zoos etc), mind/body links. It’s US based, so check the ages to make sure it’s the right level for your teenagers.  
  • Mindset Learn – is a great bank of SA aligned videos and resources for all subjects and grades.   
  • Google Arts and Culture – really amazing neverending educational videos on topics ranging from our universe to Kenyan superheroes. Check it out.
  • Ted-Ed – very inspiring videos on all subjects 

Free Maths resources 

  • Brighter Futures maths resources – past papers for all grades, worksheets, plus Gr10-12 videos on the entire curriculum, along with a maths book with tons of extra practice questions. 
  • www.siyavula.com – CAPS and IEB aligned with 1000’s of free exam-level questions for Gr8-12s, with immediate feedback whether your answer is correct or not, with a detailed memo
  • www.khanacademy.com – fantastic videos, worksheets and quizzes for all Grades R-12. The content is not SA curriculum aligned, but mostly US Maths and SA Maths is the same.
  • Math is fun: great interactive questions, with animations. 
  • iPractice maths: great worksheets and interactive questions for all grades

Free coding resources

  • https://code.org/ – why not get your kids to learn basic coding while they’re cooped up at home. This is a skill that will help them become more employable after high school. 
  • Minecraft education – really great way to learn block-based basic coding while solving problems along the way. 

Free STEM resources

  • Learn Genetics – if you’re interested in genetics and biology, this site lets you explore and learn via video and interactive lessons. 
  • STEM simulations: really great simulations in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths). 


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