I hope you all had a lovely Easter! I have outlined work for this week-it will be uploaded as five separate blog posts with five emails to follow with resources-that way hopefully everything you need for each day is in one place. As mentioned before there is no need to do these activities-they are only suggestions. As we are moving into term three the reading work will become more tedious and difficult-those of you who have had children already go through the reading process will know that it all comes together in the end. To all of the first timers I promise that it always works out in the end-it may take some a little more time but you will get there! As always if anybody has any concerns or questions please email me and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Stay safe, happy and healthy. J
- Tricky word list (email). This will be done daily and will not be the most fun activity I’m afraid but there are no strategies for learning tricky words. The only way is to have the children ‘meet’ them over and over and over again!
- Reading sentences (email).
- Dictation (email). This will be a list of five words that you call out for the child and they try to write it down. In the beginning they often only write down two sounds as they focus on the sound at the beginning and end, leaving out the middle sound. For example bs for bus. It helps to say the words slowly and exaggerate the sounds if necessary. And letting them know that there are three sounds in the word can help them too!
- Busy Break
- Maths Game (here). These will be repeated at times as there is a finite number of games relevant to the topics we cover.
- Maths (email)-This week we will focus on number. The Junior Infant curriculum focuses on “addition” up to the number 5. I like to challenge them at this stage in the year and include larger numbers. However if you feel that is too much for your child then please keep within the number 5-that is all they are expected to know at this stage so do not feel pressured to go beyond this. I apologise in advance but this will become very repetitive as they are working with smaller numbers-often the formula in teaching Junior Infants is repeat, repeat, repeat! I cannot stress enough the importance of counters/dots to visually represent the sums they are working on-it is essential to help them understand why they are doing what they are doing-young children have great memories and can often trick us into believing they understand what they are doing when really they are going through the motions from what they remember-doing something for the sake of doing it is not learning!
- Busy Break
- In school we use the programme ‘Bua na Cainte’ to support us in teaching Irish. This has been made available for parents to download for free at home. You can access it at http://www.edco.ie/bua?fbclid=IwAR3okY_vBHdhP6zDlsvSnguAV_u6WjpLoIyL7o54nKpEQ0xCZY6XrrasA_0
The username is ‘trial’ and the password is ‘trial’. This is a very large file and so it will require a laptop or desktop. A tablet will not work. I will be assigning specific lessons from this each day but if you are unable to download it then refer back to the blog post I did a few weeks ago on how to incorporate Irish at home-you really won’t be missing out on much! If you can use ‘Bua na Cainte’ today’s lesson will be ‘Mé Féin, Ceacht 1’. It includes the language to be learned (speech bubble) and the game to reinforce learning (games console).
- Stay Safe-We completed the Stay Safe Programme in Term 2, shortly before the schools had to close. Unfortunately for topics 2-5 we were unable to send home the scrapbooks and as a result parents did not have an opportunity to discuss the lessons with their children. This week I would ask that you visit staysafe.ie and take a look at Topic 2-Bullying. Take some time to read the content and talk about it with your child. There is no need to print off any worksheets as they have already completed them at school.
- Story-like before the Easter break this can be done as part of “school” or before bedtime (or any time during the day that suits!). Before Easter the comprehension focus was on ‘questioning’, this week it will be on ‘visualising’. Essentially you do not show them some of the pictures and instead encourage them to visualise them in their head. You can also encourage them to describe what they see in thein imagination.
If you have made it to the end of this lengthy blog post then stick the kettle on for a well-deserved cup of tea/coffee! The first few weeks of this will be the most difficult as there is so much new learning for children but as they have done with every new challenge they will get through it just fine. This is a great time to reflect on how far they have come since they started school in September so remind yourselves of how all your hard work, love and support has paid off and will continue to do so. Thank you as always for all your co-operation and do let me know if there is anything you need. There will be four more blog posts after this one and I will send five separate emails with any resources needed.