Grannies set up on­line school for 29 grand­kids

Pretoria News - - LIFESTYLE - IN­NO­VA­TIVE

WITH schools closed and vis­its to their 29 grand­chil­dren im­pos­si­ble, re­tired teacher Mindy Wiesen­berg and her two sis­ters re­fused to let it get them down.

So the in­spi­ra­tional trio set up an on­line “Grandma school” to con­nect with their grand­chil­dren in a fun and con­struc­tive way – and give their eight “frazzled” chil­dren an hour’s break from parental du­ties each day.

“Grandma school” could prove a valu­able tool for South African par­ents as many are grap­pling with ideas on how to keep the lit­tle ones oc­cu­pied dur­ing so­cial dis­tanc­ing.

Most of the chil­dren live in Israel, where schools shut a week ago amid mea­sures to curb the spread of coro­n­avirus – but three live in the UK and will be join­ing the lessons from Mon­day.

Wiesen­berg, 63, who lives in Hendon, north Lon­don, said she and her sis­ters Zena Behrman, 65, and Dina Git­tler, 58, pooled their knowl­edge to “cre­ate an or­gan­ised timetable for the grand­chil­dren by giv­ing an on­line les­son once a day in a sub­ject we were fa­mil­iar with”.

Their grand­chil­dren are between 3 months and 17 years old. The trio de­cided to tai­lor the ed­u­ca­tion to­wards the pri­mary age chil­dren

– of which there are 12 – as the older ones have school home­work.

They then fixed a daily slot to suit ev­ery­one – 9.30am, which is just two hours later in Israel.

Wiesen­berg is en­cour­ag­ing grand­par­ents to adopt her and her sis­ters’ idea. “Any grand­par­ent with a hobby can use their knowl­edge to cre­ate an in­ter­est­ing ac­tiv­ity ses­sion,” she said, prais­ing it as an “op­por­tu­nity for a unique and mean­ing­ful bond­ing”. |

‘GRANDMA School’ helps out par­ents.

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