Dear parents and children,
We hope you are all keeping well.
During the time the children are off school due to the COVID-19 virus we are eager that the children continue to do some school work and follow some routine. Below you will find a suggested timetable for each day. This timetable is only a suggestion to assist you at home but do not feel obliged to follow it exactly as it is.
In the Junior and Senior infant classrooms a lot of the learning happens through play. Play is a vital part of learning for all children and therefore it should still make up a large portion of their day. Make-believe play, messy play with water, construction play with Lego and similar toys as well as small world play with dolls, toy animals, cars and so on should all be encouraged.
If you have the opportunity, please continue taking part in Zoom Ahead with Books using the books that you have at home. This is something the children have really been enjoying over the past couple of weeks and hopefully something you have been enjoying too.
We are aware that Gaeilge is something that people may feel nervous about in the coming weeks. Duolingo is a great app for learning Gaeilge that you and your child could complete together. Cúla4 website also has a variety of shows in Irish that the children can watch and listen to so that they are exposed to the language.
You will find some links to suggested art activities below, however, you may have other activities you would prefer to do. This may be a good time to make St. Patrick’s Day and Easter cards for people as visiting during these times may be difficult. Feel free to do whatever kinds of art activities most interest you and your child.
We wish you the best of luck with homeschooling and hope it is a positive experience for you all. Keep safe and we look forward to seeing you all when we return to school.
Evelyn and Louise
Suggested Daily Timetable
- Story Time – 20 minutes
- Writing – 20 minutes
- Busy Break (GoNoodle website or Joe Wicks Kids on Youtube) – 10 minutes
Break, healthy snack and play
- Numeracy Activities – 20 minutes
- Numeracy Song/Rhyme 5/10 minutes
- Number formation practice 5/10 minutes
- Busy Break (Dancing, Twister, outdoor play, etc) – 15 minutes
Break, healthy snack and play
- Phonics and Tricky Words practice and games – 15 minutes
- Gaeilge (Duolingo app or Cúla4 website) -15/20 minutes
- Art Activity – 20/30 minutes
Click here for Literacy Activities at Home for Junior & Senior Infants
If possible, try to complete some of the following science activities with your child. Science is a subject that fascinates many children and a great opportunity to promote oral language. Some of these activities may no be possible or practical but have a look and see what you think. https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/
MORE IDEAS FOR NUMERACY ACTIVITIES:
Rhythm Counting: Use actions such as clapping,pat-a-cake, tapping, hopping and jumping to set the pace for counting up and down to 10 or 20. Choose different numbers to stop and start at, for example, ‘We’re going to start at 4 and count up to 10’, or ‘We’re going to start at 10 and count down to 2’.
One, Two, Three, Four, Five