Online learning was more straight forward than first anticipated for the Tārei whānau.
Online learning was easier than anticipated.
Their tamariki who were already familiar with the devices they were required to use during the lockdown, were able to access their online mahi without too many hiccups.
Their mother, Talitha, says that she was also available to help with any technical difficulties, as she is quite comfortable with technology herself.
“We had a few devices to use during the lockdown which made it easier, and I would consider myself a ‘tutu’ when it comes to technology, so I made use of what little knowledge I had to help our tamariki out where needed.”
Talitha says that in preparation for the lockdown, her and her whānau made the decision to send their two eldest tamariki to their nan and koro’s while the four youngest remained at home with her and her tāne, Hēke.
Luckily for her whānau, their children each had their own devices which meant that lack of devices was not an issue.
“It was decided as a whānau that our two eldest tamariki will stay with nan and koro for the duration of lockdown, so they were all sorted with devices to use for accessing their school mahi via google classroom and zoom.”
“Te Rauna owns a Chromebook as it is a part of their everyday learning at his kura. Teuamairangi was given permission to borrow one of the iPads from his kura. That was a great relief for us.”
Talitha claims her whānau were aware of the educational resources provided by The Ministry of Education, and had ordered packs for each of her tamariki.
Thanks to a wide whānau network, Talitha was fortunate enough to hear about many of the resources available through popular social media site, Facebook.
“Fortunately, I had whānau sharing links all over my Facebook newsfeed, and also received a few emails with information about the resources available.”
During lockdown, many whānau came up with ways to ensure the four cornerstones of hauora were being effectively cared for.
The Tārei whānau decided to take advantage of the technology they had in an effort to look after their overall hauora. By setting up daily ‘zui’ (Zoom hui) and Monday morning ‘zarakia’ (Zoom karakia), they were able to look after both their taha wairua and whānau at the same time.
“This started the day off with words of inspiration, followed by karakia. It gave us time to sit, listen, reflect, and prepare for what each day had to bring.”
They also had nightly whakamoemiti via zoom in order to stay connected to their two eldest tamariki and make sure they were coping with their workload.
“Every night It was a different household running whakamoemiti. With that in mind, there were no restrictions when it came to what kind of whakamoemiti or karakia was being delivered. As long as we had that moment for our wairua to be at peace at night.”
Talitha says that living rurally helped the whānau to take care of their taha tinana as the tamariki were able to play freely outdoors, without the risk of running into anyone.
Advice for other whānau that may be in the same circumstances in the future, would be to familiarize themselves with the technology their tamariki are required to use.
“The best advice I can give to other whānau is to learn how to navigate and use all the different programs your tamariki use for school, such as Google Classroom and Zoom.”