24/04/2020 Junior Infants

Hello boys and girls in Junior Infants,

I hope you’ve had a lovely week. I’ve been really enjoying chatting to you and your parents this week on the phone. I am so impressed with how well you all speak on the phone. You use lovely speaking voices and are all so polite. You’re also great at taking turns to listen and speak! I still have a few phone-calls to make today, so if I wasn’t chatting to you yet, you might hear from me later. I’m delighted to hear all the wonderful activities you have been doing. Lots of you have been enjoying nature, getting lots of exercise, using your imaginations and getting very creative.

I’m looking forward to having a go on Seesaw too. I am still learning how to use it so I plan to take it very slowly. We might just try one or two activities next week. I haven’t organised your special codes yet so we won’t worry about Seesaw until next week.

Well done boys and girls for being so good at home with your families. You are superstars!

Ashley and Emma said to say hello. They miss you all too!

Phonics Practise

  • Perhaps try one sound each day
  • Mix and match challenges as appropriate to you and your resources.
  • You all should have your phonics booklets at home. Use these for reminders and ideas.
  • For some interactive phonics activities have a look at the following website :
  • https://slp.cjfallon.ie/  Please click on the ‘Sounds like Phonics Activity Book A’ and find the sound you are practising.

Reading Choice Board - Pick a box, do the activity and colour the box

Online stories – this week’s suggestion

Maths Choice Board

Number Rhyme Suggestion

Click on the following link for a video of the rhyme

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfFwo7iQsDw

Nursery Rhyme Practise

Some other activities to try

http://www.cosmickids.com/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ9q4U2P3ig&list=PLAwOTEJXH-cOM0X5cnnZpkWxTtryDpv_8&index=4&t=0s

Don’t forget –

  • Read a story or rhyme every day.
  • Count forwards and backwards every day.
  • Do some colouring or drawing when you can.
  • Play every day.
  • Boys and girls help to tidy-up!

 

2O/4/2020 Junior Infants

Hello again boys and girls in Junior Infants. I hope you had a lovely Easter break with your families. The weather was wonderful for having fun outdoors. I hope you all got lots of fresh air by playing out in your gardens or by getting out and about for some exercise on your scooters or bikes!

Usually, when we go back to school after the Easter holidays I love to hear all the stories children tell me about the nice things they have done during the break. However, this has been a very unusual Easter break and unfortunately I won’t get to hear these stories. So what I would like you to do for me this week is to draw some pictures of what you got up to over the last two weeks.

 

Don’t forget ‘thinking time’ is very important to help you to remember, to figure out things and to decide what you will draw. There’s no need to rush your thinking. You have lots of time! Enjoy your thinking time! Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

  • Did you eat anything nice?
  • What games did you play?
  • What did you do to get some exercise?
  • Did you watch anything you really enjoyed on television?
  • Did you build or make anything in your house or garden?
  • How did you communicate with your family or friends who don’t live with you?
  • Perhaps you did something else?

Hopefully sometime soon I’ll get to see the pictures you’ve drawn and decorated. I know Ashley will also be looking forward to seeing them too. She misses you all too!

If you’re looking for some extra ideas, you should have a look at the suggestions our other teachers researched for you all. I have enjoyed looking through them myself and have noted a few that Junior Infants would especially enjoy.

  • Ms. Dunne has lots of brilliant ideas here to help you make your fingers stronger. These will help you to keep improving your colouring and writing.
  • Ms. Fitzpatrick has a lovely art task here about drawing a vase of spring flowers. It made me think of all the bulbs we planted in December and never got to see bloom. I would love to see your colourful flower drawings.
  • Ms. O’Leary has wonderful links to the National Geographic Kids website. You will love this website! She found some pictures of very cute animal friends for you to have a look at here.
  • Ms. Hanlon and Ms. Condron have a fantastic story called ‘The Lazy Bear’ that I think you’ll enjoy.
  • Ms. Hanlon thought you’d all have fun trying these animal movements. https://pathways.org/help-your-childs-gross-motor-skills-with-these-animal-walks/
  • Ms. Fahey has great ideas here for when you’re playing. She lists some tips to help you stretch your imaginations during your play time. She also has some amazing yoga moves for you to try. They will really help you to stretch out your bodies. She gives directions for movements and poses called the Mountain, the Down Dog, the Triangle and the Cat.
  • If you want to practise your drawing skills Ms. Fahey has a link to a video showing how to draw a bunny.
  • Ms. Whyte has given us a relaxing activity here called Butterfly Breaths. You’ll find it nice and calming. Have a look at the conversation suggestions that Ms. Whyte mentions. These will really get you thinking. You might also learn some new things about the people in your family too!

If you have a look at RTE Home School Hub today on Monday 20th, Múinteoir Ray plans to teach about éadaí (clothes). It might help you remember some of what we have learned about éadaí in school so far.

Enjoy trying lots of these suggestions out during the week. Hopefully I will get to chat to some of you on the phone again also.

Keep washing your hands and stay safe,

Ms. Leonard.

Junior and Senior Infants Library

Junior and Senior Infants have started visiting the school library. It has been fantastic to have so many parents come in to help the children choose a book to take home.

While visiting the school library, the children are learning through the experience how a library works – how to borrow and return books and how to use their library cards.

The children are so enthusiastic about the visits to the library. They love talking about their books. Reading for fun is so important in helping the children develop a good attitude and love of reading, and there are so many lovely books to choose from in the school library.

Big thanks to everyone involved for making it such a success already.