Dear children and parents,
We hope you’ve had a nice Easter together and that you’re staying safe. Tell your child we say a big ‘hello!’, we miss each one of them. We hope you have seen the timetable of learning activities for your child on Aladdin, please contact the school if you’re having difficulty accessing it (email@example.com). Remember, we don’t want to put extra pressure on you during these stressful times so do whatever works for your family. The timetable and these blog posts are helpful suggestions for you to do with your child at home, they are not requirements from the school. Do what you can do and remember the most important thing is that your child is safe and happy. 😊
- Counting: 1-10, backwards and forwards, add in actions for each number (e.g. touch head for 1, touch toes for 2, touch head for 3 and so on…) Further activities can be found here if you want to do more, https://www.pdst.ie/sites/default/files/RSGM%20Counting%20Activities.pdf
- Monday: child orders their toys into a line. Chat to your child about their toys: Which one is first? What place is the red teddy in the line? Can you change it so the red teddy is last? What comes after first? Which toy is second? etc.
- Tuesday: Same as Monday (first, second, third, last).
- Wednesday: Chat about Little Miss Muffet nursery rhyme on page 62, say the rhyme together. Get them to explain to you what happens in the rhyme. Ask them about the start, middle and end of the rhyme.
- Thursday: Same as Wednesday but with ‘Jack and Jill’ (page 63).
- Friday: Chat to your child about things you do during the day and at night. You can print this activity out and they can cut and stick the pictures onto the ‘night’ or ‘day’ sheet while chatting to you. Find the cutting activity as an attached file below. If you can’t print the activity, you can get your child to draw a picture of things they do during the day (eat lunch/ do school work etc.) and at night (put on their pyjamas/ brush their teeth etc.)
- Phonics practice activities: child says sound, says a word starting with/ ending in the sound, trace letter in air, draw picture to go with sound etc.
- Rhyming game ideas (choose one): online rhyming game here https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/member-only/CakeBake.html, read rhymes together/ play ‘I say, you say’ (e.g. I say cat, you say rat… you and your child can take turns)/ I spy something that rhymes with rug…/ if you’re feeling creative you could make rhyming dominoes but only use 3-letter words like dog, fog/ tin, fin etc. See here https://www.notimeforflashcards.com/2014/09/rhyming-dominoes-speedracer-game-learning-school.html
- Pre-cursive handwriting: You can continue your child’s handwriting practice in any of the following ways. If they still have letters to complete in Go with the Flow A, please do this. If they’re finished that they can then access worksheets for the rest of the letters (see attached file below). Some children might have their mini Go with the Flow B book at home, if it’s easier for you to follow on in this, then that’s fine too. No matter what way your child is practising they will end up doing very similar work.
- (*Your child can either do one or two letters per week. We don’t want it to become tedious for them, so if your child is struggling then they could do the top of the worksheet one day, the bottom of same sheet the next day. Please also note that we don’t do capital letters in Junior Infants so please skip the capitals if you’re using the book).
- Cén t-am é, a Mhac Tire? Play the game ‘What time is it Mr. Wolf?’ in Irish. Example answer: “Tá sé a cuig a chlog” (take 5 steps/ jumps towards the ‘wolf’). “Am dinnéir” (dinner-time… this is when the ‘wolf’ runs and tries to catch the other players).
- Tuesday: Learn the song “Ar an teilifís” together.
Here are the lyrics:
Bhí buachaill ar an teilifís, teilifís, teilifís. (The boy was on the television, television, television,
Bhí buachaill ar an teilifís, Bhí nuacht aige dúinn.(The boy was on the television, He had news for us)
Bhí caillín ar an teilifís, teilifís, teilifís. (The girl was on the television, television, television)
Bhí caillín ar an teilifís, Bhí nuahct aici dúinn. (The girl was on the television, She had news for us).
- Wednesday: Child can make a simple television frame from an A4 piece of cardboard or draw a TV on a sheet of paper. They can either pretend to be the monkey/ tiger on the TV or else draw the animals as they learn them.
- Thursday: Same question as yesterday, but add the extra animals to the answer- cangarú/ leon.
- Mo Ghrá sibh go léir: listen to this nice story with your child. See if they can pick out some words they know. Don’t worry, they don’t need to understand every word… and neither do you! 😊 Link: https://soundcloud.com/rnl/sets/leabhar-do-phaist (no. 29)
- Look at and chat with your child about the life-cycle of a butterfly. Here’s a nice link to a video (https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/video/animals-and-nature/from-chrysalis-to-butterfly-video/) but don’t worry, they don’t need to know all the details. We usually use the terms egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, butterfly in Junior Infants.
- Cutting and sticking Lifecycle of a Butterfly activity, see page 1 of the attached file below this post. If you haven’t got access to a printer, your child can draw the four stages on a sheet of paper.
- Chat to your child about different feelings and how they are feeling. Further questions/ ideas can be found here on page 66, if you want to do more: https://www.education.ie/en/Schools-Colleges/Information/Curriculum-and-Syllabus/Primary-/Resource-Material-for-Relationship-and-Sexuality-Education-.pdf
- Experiment with shadows out in the sun or with a torch inside. Learning point: Shadows form when something blocks the light.
Extra work 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.
- Planet Maths- any page 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).
- Twinkl website currently has free subscription (use code: IRLTWINKLHELPS), it has great printable resources for most topics covered in Junior Infants.
Website links- check out one of these websites each day!
Monday- Starfall “an” words: https://www.starfall.com/h/ltr-sv-a/maw-an/?sn=ltr-classic
Tuesday- Topmarks: https://www.topmarks.co.uk/learning-to-count/ladybird-spots
Wednesday- DK Findout: https://www.dkfindout.com/uk/video/animals-and-nature/from-chrysalis-to-butterfly-video/
Thursday- Starfall “at” words: https://www.starfall.com/h/ltr-sv-a/maw-at/?sn=ltr-classic
Daily Challenges for Junior Infants:
Monday- Fine motor activity (This 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, threading beads or peeling off stickers and sticking them onto a piece of paper. You can find more ideas here: https://funlearningforkids.com/favorite-fine-motor-activities-preschoolers/
Tuesday- Make up a simple dance to your favourite song.
Wednesday- Make a jigsaw.
Thursday- Build something fun with Lego/ blocks etc.
Friday- Make up a joke 😊
Daily life skills to practise
Monday: Sort and tidy up your toys.
Tuesday: Practise putting on and zipping your coat.
Wednesday: Help your parents put away the dishes.
Thursday: Try your best to make your bed.
Friday: Help your parents make lunch.
10 @ 10 !
At 10am everyday put on a kid’s dance video and do some exercise for ten minutes! If you have siblings, get them involved too. 😊