This time of unprecedented school closure, can be very frightening for both parents and children. The children are very aware of what is going on and are listening to everything.They can also sense the tension and anxiety of the moment. This is not like a regular school closure, of play-dates, parties and trips away; but a closure of social distancing .
Here are some suggestions to keep them busy .
Try to make sure they get some fresh air every day. Go for walks or play in the garden. Aistear in Junior/Senior Infants is all about learning through play:
sand, water, role play/dress up, junk art, play doh and small world.
Play board games, bingo or card games, these are all maths based activities.
Bake with the children, allow them to read the recipe or weigh out the ingredients.
Work on a project; history, geography and science all great areas for this.
Pick a book together as a family, allow the older children to take turns reading, younger children just need to listen and enjoy.
Children are like sponges, they absorb information in many different ways, and even though they are not in the classroom, they will still be learning. And when we get back to school, the teachers will re adjust curriculum planning to cater for this unexpected break in the children’s formal learning at school.
Mrs King has recommended a very good app(it’s free) to download ”Insight Timer”. Very useful for children/adults who are feeling anxious, stressed or worried at this time.
Her yoga page on Facebook ”yoga with Liz” also has some very good information.
Folens online have offered free access to parents . We use Abair Liom and Planet Maths from this website.
Go Noodle online is great for activity.
The attached photos include some suggested work for 2nd class and some very useful websites.
This work/websites are suggested as an option. Please do not feel stressed as a parent to get all this work done. Do what you can and what the children are happy to engage in.
Patricia Mc Keever