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Too very often, children are misunderstood and end up underperforming because parents and teachers don’t know how to deal with them, addressing the child’s learning style.

Let’s face it; our education system shows a great deal of bias when it comes to skill and cognitive development of students. Teaching can not be a one size fits all programme. There are things you as a parent can do to supplement the learning process and arming yourself with all the necessary tools and information to help your child.

Understanding the human brain is of vital importance. 

The left side of the brain controls logical thinking. Like Maths and facts. 

The right side of the brain controls visuals, imagination and feelings. 

It depends on which side of the brain is most dominant in your child. Some learners learn best through pictures (visual learners). Others though listening (auditory learners). Some are more hands-on learners (they have to be physically involved for them to learn)

Howard Gardner, a Harvard professor, did research that came out some of the following classic learning styles to help us understand the different learning styles.

The Linguistic learner

The Linguistic learner

The most common type of learner, might not be really since this type of learning is the one imposed on students in schools. This learner learns best by reading, writing, listening or speaking. For example, this learner would have to read something, internalise it and then write it down from their brain. They also tend to talk about it, reciting what they have learned.

The Logical/Mathematical Learner

The Logical:Mathematical Learner

They must classify or categorise things. Patterns, relationships, numbers and equations are a walk in the park for them. These are your future engineers, mathematicians, scientists and other technical professions. They are useful in problem-solving.

The Visual or Spatial Learner

The Visual or Spatial Learner

These learners learn best with the aids of visual aid. Pictures, diagrams and graphs are precisely what they need. Almost like logical learners, they tend to enter technically-oriented and engineering fields. Your child would have a great future in IT and computer programming since computers are conceptual.

The Musical or Rhythmic Learner

The Musical or Rhythmic Learner

Learns using melody or rhythm. Most likely to be a musician, learning how to play by listening to a piece of music. Can be a learner who learns best when humming, whistling, toe-tapping, tapping their pencil on the desk, wiggling, or listening to music in the background. Music, for them, is not a distraction but helps with the learning process.

The Naturalist

The Naturalist learner

The naturalist learns by working with and experiencing nature. Best capture information or knowledge through experimentation.

The Physical or Kinaesthetic learner

The Physical or Kinaesthetic learner

They need to get their hands dirty! They need to interact with the objects around them. According to jobs like those in the arts, manufacturing or creative fields are ideal for these learners. 

The Interpersonal Learner

The Interpersonal Learner

Relating to others is how they learn. They share stories and ideas, work best in teams. Mostly found in fields of psychology and social sciences.

The Intrapersonal Learner

The Intrapersonal Learner

Works and learns best when they are alone. Self-motivated and often introverts. They tend to enter creative fields and become entrepreneurs.



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Helping Your Child Get Motivated in School

It is January 2023 and we all have to get started. Parents have to go to work and scholars to school. The question is how do we motivate our children?

The Child Mind institute published this insightful article:

“It’s common for kids to lack motivation in school. Sometimes, this happens because the child has ADHD, anxiety, social challenges, or a learning disability. But other times, kids without a diagnosable problem still have trouble living up to their potential in school. Here are a few ways that parents can encourage kids to put in more effort at school.

Start by showing kids that you care about their schoolwork. Check in with them about how classes are going. Let them know that you’re there if they need homework help. Ask what they’re learning and what they like (and don’t like) about the assignments. With older kids, be sure to give them space, too. If they sense that you’re pressuring them, they might end up feeling resentful and less motivated.

Using positive reinforcement helps. You don’t need to give kids big rewards, but even small ones like a high five or a few extra minutes of screen time can make a difference. It’s also important to praise effort, not results. For example, praise your child for finishing a tough assignment or taking a class that might be hard. Nobody gets top grades all the time, so make sure your child knows you don’t expect perfection.

You can also bring in reinforcements if schoolwork is becoming a source of conflict for you and your child. You could hire an older student at your child’s school or a nearby college to help monitor homework and ease stress on the family. Talking to your child’s teacher can also give you insight into their behavior and help you work as a team to encourage them.

Finally, be sure to keep tabs on your own feelings. If you’re getting very frustrated or angry about your child’s school performance, a therapist or support group can help.”

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All You Need to Know About Learning Disorders

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All you need to know about Learning Disorders

“Study hard! You will be a CAPS level 7 student” – they say.

However, sometimes no matter how hard you study you still do not get the desired results and at most times you just never seem to make it. You are not doing anything wrong, it might just be a learning disorder. 

Learning disorders/disabilities are neurological. Best characterized by difficulty in reading, writing, spelling, reasoning, recalling and /or organizing information if left to figure out things on your own or if taught in conventional ways.

Learner disabilities

Children with learning disabilities are as smart or smarter than their peers, except they have the above-mentioned difficulties. Learning disabilities are life long and incurable. 

Learning disabilities often interfere with higher-level skills such as

  • organization
  • time planning
  • long and short term memory and
  • attention.

They have a great impact on one’s life beyond the classroom. They affect relationships with friends, family, and peers. CAPS teachers are most likely to pick up these disabilities as they deal with learners first hand in schools. Other individuals can go through life without knowing they have difficulties with either academics or personal relationships. 

Some Facts About Learning Disabilities 

  • Approximately 10-30 % of children have learning disabilities
  • Learning disabilities are more prevalent in boys than in girls
  • Difficulty with basic reading and language skills are the most common learning disabilities. As many as  80% of students with learning disabilities have problems with reading in CAPS. 
  • Learning disabilities often run in families. 
  • Learning disabilities should not be confused with other disabilities such as autism, intellectual disability, blindness, deafness, and behavioral disorders 
  • Attention disorders, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and learning disabilities often occur at the same time, but these two disorders are not the same. 
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Some Of The Signs Indicative Of A Learning Disability 

  • Difficulty following verbal instructions
  • Problems with math skills
  • Difficulty remembering
  • Failure to finish tasks on time
  • Forgetting homework or assignments
  • Losing their place when reading or copying
  • Asking self-explanatory questions
  • An awareness of a mistake, but difficulty correcting it
  • Poor handwriting
  • Clumsiness 
  • Difficulty making choices, identifying main ideas from details 
  • Poor attention span

Learning Disabilities in CAPS

Dyslexia/Reading Disorder


A language-based disability in which a person has trouble understanding written words. How bad it varies within individuals, affects reading fluency, decoding, reading comprehension, recall, writing, spelling, and sometimes speech and can coexist with other related disorders.


Dyscalculia CAPS

A mathematical disability in which a person has difficulty solving arithmetic problems and grasping math problems. They show poor comprehension of maths symbols, may struggle with memorizing and organizing numbers, problems telling time, or have trouble with counting.



A writing disability in which a person finds it hard to form letters or write within a defined space. A learner is unable to produce legible handwriting in an appropriate length of time.

Auditory Processing Disorder (APD) / Central Auditory Processing Disorder


This condition negatively affects how sound that travels unimpeded through the ear is processed or interpreted by the brain. Affected individuals do not recognize subtle differences between sounds in words even when sounds are audible enough to be heard. They have a hard time locating the source of a sound, to make sense of the order of sounds, or to block out competing for background noises.

Language Processing Disorder (LPD)

Language Processing Disorder CAPS

Relates to the processing of language. Affects expressive language and or receptive language. It is a specific type of APD in which there are difficulties attaching meaning to sound groups that form words, sentences, and stories.

Visual Perceptual/Visual Motor Deficit


A disorder that affects the understanding of information that a person sees, or the ability to draw or copy even though they appear to have normal vision. It can result in missing subtle differences in shapes or printed letters, losing space frequently, struggles with cutting, holding the pencil too tightly, and or poor eye/hand coordination.

Non-Verbal Learning Disabilities (NLD)


A neurological disorder that originates in the right hemisphere of the brain, causing problems with visual-spatial, intuitive, organizational, evaluative and holistic processing functions.

• Group or individual remedial lessons
• Occupational Therapy for children with NLD
• Physiotherapy for NLD and motor disabilities
• Speech and Language therapy for children with LPD and APD
• Homework tutors to assist with individual homework sessions


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CAPS November exams Best Study help

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Best ways to study for November exams

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For most children, it is difficult to focus for more than a few moments on any task and that’s quite natural, due to their curiosity, exuberance and energy.

However, concentration is essential for studying, for homework and for the completion of any task.

Adults can improve their concentration with special exercises, however, with children one needs to use slightly different strategies. You can help your child increase her concentration in various ways. These strategies will teach her certain habits and rules that, over time, make it easier to focus while doing homework or studying.

13 Ways to make sure you succeed with CAPS exams:

1. Divide an exams paper into Smaller Tasks

The whole exam may requires too much concentration and discipline, so it would be a good idea to divide it into smaller sections over 10 – 20 minutes at a time. A whole exam requires time, dedication and focus, might seem intimating and overwhelming, and can awaken reluctance to tackle. A small part seems easier to carry through and there is less resistance.

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2. Reducing Distractions

Unless engaged in something they really like, children might find it difficult to screen out distractions. You need to keep the environment where they learn or study, as distraction-free as possible. Be especially wary of television, loud music, noises, and anything else that might distract the child’s attention.

3. Television and Cell Phones

It is not a good idea to watch TV while doing exams or practising for it, since this distracts the attention. Text messages and emails also interrupt the concentration. It is recommended not read text messages or use cell phones, while studying or doing homework.

4. Studying at the same time every day

Repeating the same activity every day at the same hour, eventually, turns it into a habit. If a child sits down for homework or exams every day at the same hour, after a while, when the hour comes, there will be less effort required to focus. The mind will know that the time for studying has arrived, and would be more willing to study.

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5. Give Them Enough Physical Activity

Some physical activity, like playing and some sports, between study and questions, provides a way to vent out extra energy. This would help your child to be less restless, offset boredom and make it easier to focus.

6. Let Children Have Play and Fun

Giving children too many questions and involving them in too many activities can be overwhelming and tiring for their brains. As a parent you should allow them enough time for pleasure and fun, so they don’t feel too pressurised. Offer a period of play/doing a non-academic task that they enjoy, as a reward for completing a section of their study timetable.

7. Enough Rest

Ensure that the child has enough sleep at night, and also, some rest during the day.

8. Set Time for the Completion of an Exam

Set the time for completing an exam or part of it, like ten minutes, twenty minutes, etc. This might help the child to focus, so as to finish the goal within the time limits. However, you should be careful with this, since some children might find setting time limits too pressurising, and this could cause them anxiety and disturb their focus. Perhaps allow your daughter or son to offer her/her suggested time for completing a particular part of the exam or the whole exam.

9. Let Them Play Games that Require Focus

You can train and strengthen a child’s ability to focus by playing games that require thinking. Playing games that require focusing, planning and the use of memory combine fun with concentration. For example, word puzzles and riddles are great for practicing this skill.

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10. Allow Some Time before Beginning a Exam

When your child is busy, tell them what they have to do next, but allow a few minutes until they stops and starts the new activity. This advice is more valid, when a child is engaged in doing something that they like and enjoys, since there would be reluctance to stop what they are doing and start do something else.

11. Always start with March exams

Starting with March exams set a baseline of the work your child has done.  This will show you where he or she is still struggling with.  Look at the memo at the end of each paper and mark only the correct answers.  The wrong answers you don’t mark.  This is where psychology plays a huge role in any child. 

The wrong section answers need to be worked on first.  Keep a separate papers and example to your child the answer from the memo.

12. November exams

Starting with the November exams will take all the above steps into action. 

Start with Home Language first (HL) then also do the First Addition Language (FAL) and then the rest of the subjects.  Mathematics, Social Sciences etc. 

Here are links to all the official exam papers you need to practice.  

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Grade 1 November papers
Grade 2 November papers
Grade 3 November papers
Grade 4 November papers
Grade 5 November papers
Grade 6 November papers
Grade 7 November papers
Grade 8 November papers
Grade 9 November papers

Don’t be surprised if you get the same papers or very similar papers as it’s CAPS and the way questions are asked stay the same. 

13. Done with a paper

Read questions and answers from the exam and the Memo again. Study how to correctly answer it.


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Parents watch out for educational websites who influence your children with marketing.

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As parents, schools or teachers, we always look for new material and resources. When we find it for free or even cheap, we say “wow” this is amazing while not realising what is going on.

We studied three websites in South Africa, specifically in the educational content they provide.  

They advertise worksheets and other resources for very few rands. 



Then we started noticing one main reason why they do this. 



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In short means, they design worksheets specifically with a business or company — for example, a local company or major brands in South Africa. 

These companies are called sponsors for these educational websites, or as we call them “companies on a mission to influence your children to influence you to buy from them (sponsors)”.
In the short run and long run, it influences your child.



Let’s say you have a child in grade 4.  They are busy with food items in LS.  Then food brands or major chains in South Africa sponsor “give money” to an educational website to put their logo, words they want to target your child with or even pictures/logo of their brand in worksheets for you to use for educational help.

Parents are aware this is done to make you buy something from these so-called “sponsors” as your child will stay “mommy no let’s go here I like them, or mommy can we please go to (shop) I know they have…” 

You will not even notice it as these educational websites and companies work hand in hand to influence your hard-earned money to buy from the sponsor of the resource, worksheet or classwork.

Next time think about what you give your children from websites you use.

Schools and teachers should also not be falling into this trap.

Something we will never do at Best Education is to give you resources from companies if they paid for it.  We don’t believe in educating learners of any age to be influenced by companies, but rather give your child information tools and skills to decide what to do and how to be open-minded and reason. 


In conclusion 

Be aware and open your mind to these education companies or educational CAPS websites. Don’t fall into a trap where your whole household may be changing in a few days or even years to come, because you never took notice of how fragile influencing children can be of any age. Their minds are like a sponge; it absorbs critical things. 

Focus on content rather than these educational websites, giving you resources for cheap and clearly state they have sponsors on their websites.

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