What do you do when you can’t help your kid with homework?

February 6, 2019


My son has chosen French as an elective at school and I’m delighted as I’ve done some basic French courses which means I can probably help with any of his homework or projects when needed.

Other things aren’t that easy for me – like science and maths, and even Afrikaans here and here. He’s in grade 4, and his work and homework are getting more challenging.

It’s something that so many moms have cautioned me about – that grade 4 is a massive jump from grade 3. And while my son has pretty much always done most of his homework alone, and without my intervention or nagging. This year however, I want to play a bigger role with his schoolwork, mainly to ensure that the transition to weekly tests, end-of-term exams, and additional subjects is a smooth one.

We’ll also be ramping it up with some supplementary learning via Vodacom’s e-school platform, an education portal, for grades R to 12, in all 11 of South Africa’s official languages.

It’s not like his school doesn’t cover the bases, but it’s good to have somewhere to do revision, do practise tests, and get any gaps filled if necessary.

This e-learning platform has curriculum-aligned educational content and is a backed by The Department of Basic Education. This learning portal is easy to access. All you need to do to get registered is visit www.vodacom.co.za/e-school, from your cellphone, tablet or laptop. You then get unlimited access to a wide range of educational content, regardless of if you’re a Vodacom subscriber or not. Vodacom subscribers can access the platform without any data costs, while other subscribers will have to pay for the data.

Learners can use the platform to supplement what they’re currently doing at school, or before exam time, they can complete lessons from their school syllabus, so that they learn and revise at the same time. They can also track their progress and see how they’re performing compared to other students in a fun, easy and interactive way.

Grade R to 3 subjects
Grades 4 to 12 subjects

Here are some of the other features of Vodacom’s e-learning platform:

  • Kids can learn on their phones, tablets and computers
  • There are easy-to-follow video lessons
  • Kids can study at their own pace
  • There are rewind and pause video lessons
  • There are homework questions after video lessons
  • There are interactive quizzes at the end of topics to help test your child’s knowledge
  • Learners can evaluate their progress across individual subjects, and earn badges and certificates for progress
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1 Comment

  • Charlene

    Uhm, this sounds freaking fantastic!! And just at the right time for us. Thank you for posting about this Tanya!

    February 6, 2019 at 8:47 am Reply
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