In these uncertain weeks ahead, it is so important that we try keep daily routine as normal as possible for our children. Keeping some sense of routine & normality will help ease any anxieties the children may have. Try limiting their screen time & encouraging the children to engage in hands on play, outside if possible. Follow the guidelines from HSE with regard to play dates & gatherings.
In the following, I want to give you an idea of what we usually cover in school and what you can cover at home with your children.
Parents please remember that each day in school we do an hour of aistear, our playtime. Here, each child will play at a particular group for the hour. Each day we rotate so that every child covers each area over the week. The groups can be; playdough, sand, water play, dress up, construction (lego, blocks), art and small world. Play is so important for your child. Try and get outside too as alot of play can be outdoors when it's so lovely out.
♦♦♦♦ Monday 23rd March ♦♦♦♦
Oral Language Posters
Log onto www.folensonline.ie for free..in the search bar at the top, search Starlight Junior infants (these posters were covered with Junior and Senior Infants. For First class, they have their own posters, at a harder level). Click resources, here you will see the oral language posters we do in class. With these, there are lesson plans, each poster covers a 2 week period, doing 2 lessons a week. Each lesson is clearly documented in the plans.
The last poster topic I was covering with Infants was 'Pizza and Pancakes', we covered a couple of lessons but not all. Feel free to carry on from here, our next poster theme is 'Supermarkets'. You can also go back over the previous posters. First class, before school closed, were covering Poster 12-The Sun.
In the morning we cover oral language. We discuss
- Children’s news
- Days of the week- What day is it today/ tomorrow/ yesterday. How many days in the week/weekend? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXMofxtDPUQ
- Months of the year- What month is it, what is next/last month, in what month is Halloween, Christmas etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v608v42dKeI
- The seasons- What season is it? What was previous/next.. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ZjpI6fgYSY
- Eye spy
- Poster: We use posters on https://www.folensonline.ie/home/library/programmes/starlight-ji/resources/ which you could at home, make up a story about the picture, ask questions about it- what can you find that is… red… crunchy.. spiky, children give 3 clues about something they are looking at in the picture. Use positional language, what is under the bed, beside the dog ..
- Poetry- There is a poem with every poster. Read the poem together, discuss, let the children find the rhyming words in the poem
Phonics: Children can revise phonics already covered in class s-sh
- Letter sound
- Letter name
- Letter formation
- The phonics song for each sound https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Qpn2839Kro
- The action
- Blending small, 3-4 letter words
Jolly phonics app ‘Jolly phonics lessons’ can be downloaded to practise sounds, words, songs and stories related to the sound.
- Hunt round the house for things starting with each sound. Make a set of “s” words etc.
- I Spy something that starts with “c” etc
- Sound Bingo
Tricky words can be practised at home also. We have covered blue, yellow and in March we began red tricky words. Play tricky word bingo, snap games. Stick tricky words around the house for children to say when they pass them.
In school, over the week we:
- Letter formation:
- Practice writing the letter/numbers freely on a whiteboard or blank page (can use blue copy for this either)
- Pour some rice/flour/salt into a basin (only covering the base in a thin layer) and allow your child to trace the letters in the rice etc.
- Make the letters using play doh
- Trace a letter on your child’s back or hand & have them guess what letter it was
- Free writing; Here children write whatever they want. Younger children can draw a picture and explain what it’s about, practise their letters, copy words around the room or write small words. Older children can write sentences, using their sounds to write small words and form sentences.
- Handwriting: We are using the book Go with the flow A for Junior Infants and B for Senior infants. Children can practise letter formation and play games with this link: http://data.cjfallon.ie/resources/gwtf-handwriting/index.html#!/books
- Dictation: Once a week we do some dictation where I say some 3-4 letter words and short sentences. Say them slowly so children can hear the sounds and write them down.
Parents can now log onto out maths book, Operation Maths on edcolearning.ie and see the pages which we would have been doing in school over these weeks.
On this website, after logging in you can see the children's school books. Discuss the page and the topic, using correct vocabulary needed before doing the actual page of the book. There are lots of other resources on this website to aid the children's learning of each topic, printables, games, videos, activitites.Children's work can be done orally or by writing on your own page/copy at home. Children can also draw on the page online using the draw tools at the top of the school book page.
Junior Infants this week and next, would have been covering the topic of Time: March Week 3; sequencing events, times that have passed, days of week, ordinal number. Children can cover pages 69 & 70. Children can complete page 26 of their homework book which they have at home.
Senior Infants this week and next would have been covering the story of 10. March, week 3 pages 89-91. The children have to make all the sums that equal to the number ten, using all numbers from 0 to 10. We have done 'The story of..' with all the other numbers so children should know how to do this. They will need counters of some sort to help them. Practise this a few times as it is the largest number the children have worked with. Page29 of the homework book may be completed at home also.
First class this week and next would be covering the topic of fractions. This is a good topic for at home as its needs lots of practical support. Sharing food, toys, cutting up food into fractions etc. Pages 95-100 can be covered at home. There are lots of activities to support your childs learning of this topic on edco website and other maths websites.
In addition to Operation Maths, try complete the following practical activities:
- Water Play in a basin/bath to explore capacity – concept of full/empty; which container holds more - the jug or the cup; how many cups do you think it will take to fill the jug etc.
- Making sets according to item e.g. sort the cutlery into sets of forks, spoons, knives etc
- Make sets according to colour – a set of red toys, a set of blue toys etc
- Matching – pair up socks, shoes etc
- Make a set of 2/3/4/5 items & write the number beside it
- Practice number formation on whiteboards or copies. We use the following rhymes to help us remember the correct formation:
Number 1 is big and tall stand him/her up so she/he wont fall
Number 2 backwards and along just make sure you dont go wrong.
Number 3 two little curls, one for you, one for me.
Number 4 down and over and down once more that how we make the number 4
Number 5 is a funny chap, down fat belly with a hat.
Number 6 looks like a curl in your hair, twiddle it around to show that its there.
Number 7 starts with a hat, then goes down just like that.
Number 8 makes an s then goes back to join it up.
Number 9 is like a ball on a stick, start with a C then go up and down quick.
Number 10 is a hero, first the one then a zero!
- Setting the table – counting out 5 forks, 5 knives, 5 plates etc
- The concept of zero – an empty set
- Ordinal number (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th) Arrange your teddies in a line. Which teddy is 1st, 2nd etc.
First class need to also practise their tables, continue on from where we were in subtraction and also revise all other tables already completed.
We play this game in school which children love. http://www.theschoolhub.ie/sample.php
First class should also practise doubles of a number, near doubles, halves of a number, looking at a 100 square-what is 10 more than.., 10 less, the number before... the number after..