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- Counting: 1-10, backwards and forwards, you could also ask your child about the ‘number after’ (e.g. what’s the number after 4?) Further activities can be found here if you want to do more, https://www.pdst.ie/sites/default/files/RSGM%20Counting%20Activities.pdf
- Monday: Some children find the concept of zero hard to understand. We want them to know that zero means nothing/ If there are zero sweets left in the bag, there are none left. Please find a document below with a variety of activities you can choose from.
- Tuesday: Planet Maths, page 92- practising to write zero.
- Wednesday: The children can make different sums on the butterfly picture (see document below). They can choose to put some spots (less than 5) on one wing of the butterfly, then they can add one more spot to the other wing, they can then say the sum. The way we usually say it is, for example, “3 and 1 altogether makes 4”.
- Thursday: Revise yesterday’s activity OR use simple cubes/ Lego to add one more. If you’d like to be more creative, here are some more fun ideas for adding one more but please keep the sums between 1-5. https://www.teachstarter.com/us/blog/10-easy-simple-addition-activities-kids-us/ (Simple versions of numbers 2, 4, 5, 6 would be suitable).
- Friday: Game using a dice. This helps improve your child’s subsitizing skills. This just means that they get used to the dot formations on the dice and that they learn to be able to know the number rolled without counting the dots.
- Reading three-letter words: Your child will be sounding out three letters (e.g. c-a-t) and then blending them together to make a word (cat). In the document below you’ll find the words to read for this week, plus a short activity for each day. There is also a document below with simple tips for helping your child to read.
- Pre-cursive handwriting: please see last week’s blog notes for details.
- Pre-writing Go with the Flow A: choose any page in the book that doesn’t have a handwriting letter on it.
- Rhyming game ideas (choose one): read rhymes together/ play ‘I say, you say’ (e.g. I say tin, you say fin… you and your child can take turns)/ I spy something that rhymes with rug…/ play this short animation with your child- chat about the different noises and see if they can hear the rhyming words https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/HickDickDock.html.
- Monday: Micilín Muc- see if your child can learn some of this fun song about a little pig going to the fair. It’s a bit longer than our usual songs, so no worries if they can’t remember it all. There’s an attached document with the lyrics below.
- Tuesday: Drawing and colouring activity- see if your child can understand your instructions of what to draw and which colours. Some of the animals will be new to them but they should know some of the colours. They can learn any animals/colours that they don’t know. Each day you can revise the other animals before going on to the new ones.
- Wednesday: same as Tuesday but add new animals.
- Thursday: same as Tuesday but add new animals.
- Friday: https://www.seideansi.ie/dep/files/connacht/Ag_siopadoireacht_le_Mamai.html See if your child can understand some of the words in the story. It should be familiar to them, and they can use the pictures to help. Please note you don’t need to be able to read it; you can click the speaker symbol to hear it being read.
- Read the Three Little Pigs story with your child. If you don’t have the book at home, we have an e-book you can read attached below. We have also attached a cutting & sticking page below; your child can put the pictures in order from the story.
- There are some more fun activities on the topic of ‘new life’ in the RSE programme https://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/Curriculum-and-Syllabus/Primary-/Resource-Material-for-Relationship-and-Sexuality-Education-.pdf. We really liked the rhyme (p.71) & the miming activity (p.73).
- Try your best to do all these fun exercises and don’t forget to have your water bottle nearby! 😊
- See how you get on at making your very own farmyard friend! You can use recyclables, card, paint, markers, crayons, Play-Doh, pencils… whatever you have at home. Be as creative as you want to be and you might even like to take a photo and get Mum or Dad to send it to us for the school website (firstname.lastname@example.org). There are some simple ideas in the document attached below.
Website links for each day
Monday: Phonics Play website- https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/Flashcards.html, choose ‘phase 2’ and away we go! (Username: march20 Password: home)
Tuesday: IXL Maths, same & different- https://ie.ixl.com/math/jr-infants/same-and-different
Wednesday: Phonics Play- https://www.phonicsbloom.com/uk/game/fishy-phonics?phase=2
Thursday: Choose a story to listen to from these lovely online animations- https://www.storyplace.org/
Friday: IXL Maths- classifying and sorting by colour- https://ie.ixl.com/math/jr-infants/classify-and-sort-by-colour
Monday: Make a card for someone you miss.
Tuesday: Draw a picture of something that makes you happy. 😊
Wednesday: Fine motor activity
(*Fine-motor activities can be as simple as building something with Lego, putting clothes pegs onto a clothes line, sticking small objects (like sticks or buttons) into Play-Doh and pulling them out again, threading beads or peeling off stickers and sticking them onto a piece of paper. https://funlearningforkids.com/favorite-fine-motor-activities-preschoolers/)
Thursday: Use your imagination: you could pretend to be an astronaut, teacher or lion tamer. OR make up a show or play to put on for you family. Have fun!
Friday: Make a jigsaw- get someone to time you if you like and see if you can beat your record.
Daily Life Skill
Monday: Wipe down the table or counter in your kitchen.
Tuesday: Set the table for your family.
Wednesday: Clean your room.
Thursday: Practise zipping and buttoning your clothes.
Friday: Help an adult load or unload the dishwasher.
Active Home Week Challenge! 😊
There can be no ‘Active School's Week’ this year so we’re inviting you to do an ‘Active Home Week’ instead. All you have to do is print out the challenge chart below (or make your own at home) and then do 4 activities each day (about 15 mins each). We’ll give you one activity to do each day and then you can come up with three more of your own ideas… be creative! If you go for a walk- that’s one activity, if you play outside with a ball- that’s your second activity etc. If you’d like some more creative ideas, have a look at the ‘Active Home word-cloud’ document below or look up the website https://activeschoolflag.ie/index.php/active-home-week-2020/. You can send in your completed chart to us or even send in some fun photos for the website.
Monday: Dice workout- Ms. Leahy’s class used to do this together, do you remember? (see attachment below)
Tuesday: Egg and spoon/ potato and spoon races
Wednesday: Indoor Recess videos on Go Noodle https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLe28krvntU
Thursday: If you have some chalk at home get outside and draw hopscotch and have a game (if not, have a hopping race with someone!)
Friday: family workout- get everyone involved! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5if4cjO5nxo
Extra activities for early-finishers:
This is just some extra work for those kiddos who get work done quickly or who like to do a bit extra. Feel free to do as much or as little of the following work.
- Grow in Love Religion- have a chat about the church in your area, why someone might go there and what type of things you see in it. Book pages 44 & 45.
- Planet Maths- any pages before page 90.
- Sounds Good Phonics- in school we had been focusing on ‘final sounds’ (pages 20-26, 46-49, 71-72, 88, 105-106) so you might want to continue with these but you’re also welcome to choose whichever pages you prefer.
- Go with the Flow A- any pages with pre-writing activities (not letters).