Room 2: Múinteoir Dawn
Welcome to our learning page for children in Múinteoir Dawn’s Class. This page is for parents of children in Junior and Senior Infants. It’s updated for the school closure: March 12th to April 19th.
This is the Weekly Learning Guide for the week beginning Monday, 30th.
This is the Weekly Learning Guide for the week beginning Monday, 23rd.
All parents have received this Guide on the Class Dojo. Parents are welcome to send their children’s work on the Class Dojo app for feedback.
The link below includes some suggestions for parents to support children’s learning at home. These suggestions (from the NCCA) are specific to children’s age and stage of development: Children’s Learning at Stage 1: Junior and Senior Infants
Phonics (Sounds) and High Frequency Words
We have been practising our sounds daily and children are already very familiar with their sounds. Children have learned the following High Frequency Words so far:
Junior Infants High Frequency Words: the, to, are, all, be, come, I, like, no, me, my, you, her, his, go, look, see, can, she, we, he, me, are.
Senior Infants High Frequency words: favourite, beautiful, should, would, could.
Over the coming days, you can support children to:
- Practice all sounds in their phonics copy.
- Play Word Hide and Seek, ‘Can you find the word….?’ by writing some High Frequency words on paper and asking children to find them.
- Play Pair Matching. Write every word twice on single pieces of paper. The aim of the game is for children to find and name the matching pairs.
- Create and practice CVC (Consonant, Vowel, Consonant) words with familiar sounds, e.g. cat, man etc.
Reading and Writing
I sent home new reading books and a school library book with the children today. Encourage children to read their new books and ask them questions about what’s happening using the 5W (Who, what, why, where, when). Children may enjoy using the books as a stimulus for drawing or writing or perhaps creating their own stories!
Children will enjoy creating a diary over the next few weeks that they can share with their friends when they return to school. Their diary could include drawings and key words. Encourage your child to use the Think Draw Label approach. Children
- Think about what they would like to write about
- Draw a picture and
- Label the picture.
Our March Maths topics are Time and Combining numbers. The following are some activities you can do with your child to support their understanding of concepts and skills for time and number:
- What’s my number? Trace a number on your child’s back. Children are to guess what they number is.
- Numbers all around us: Encourage children to spot numbers at home and all around them, e.g. in calendars, doors, streets, car registration plates etc.
- Making Number Sets: Encourage children to make sets of different objects, e.g. 5 red lego bricks etc. This can be incorporated into every day life, e.g. setting the table etc.
- Lollipop stick numbers: Make numerals using lollipop sticks. Junior Infants should focus on numbers 1-5. Senior Infants should focus on numbers 1-10.
- Days of the Week: Practise the days of the week with the children.
- Day and Night: Identify signs of the day and night with the children.
- Combining Numbers: Children can practise this through play, e.g. I have two red lego bricks and two green lego bricks. How many so I have all together?
Children can complete the next pages in their Busy at Maths Home/School Links on the topics of time and combining numbers of they wish.
The World All Around Us!
Our March themes/topics in the Junior Room are Spring and My Body. Children can identify signs of Spring in the world around them e.g. the mornings are brighter, flowers are blooming etc. Children enjoy singing ‘Head, shoulders, Knees and Toes’ to remind themselves of our body parts. They can also sing it in Irish!
Learning and Play at home
- Children will enjoy exploring construction games at home using lego, bricks, books, etc.
- Children can complete fine motor activities at home e.g. cutting and sticking, threading using string and beads, playdough etc.
- We are becoming an Active School… children will enjoy completing the next few activities on their Active Homework Handout!
- Children love sorting and matching. Household chores like matching socks, sorting the washing, comparing sizes of washing items are great for helping children consolidate these concepts.
- Children will also enjoy setting the table, counting the items needed, and checking if more or less of each item is needed.
- What are the signs of Spring that children observe during the break? Do they notice any changes to record in their Spring Diary?