It is hard to believe that we have reached the last week of April while we still stay home to stay safe. We hope that everyone is healthy and well and that you have at least been able to enjoy some of the well-needed sunshine we have been having.
As the weeks go by the Junior Infant teachers want you to know how much we are missing the children and the fantastic atmosphere of St. Colmcille’s. We hope to be back to school soon and can’t wait to see you all then.
Here are some activities for the coming week, which will cover some areas of the junior infant curriculum. These are suggestions only, and can be used at your own discretion.
We hope that you find this useful.
- YouTube videos: 'kimzi letter __ cursive' (not learning capital letter yet) - e.g. cursive letter “u” video –
- Rainbow writing – practise formation of the letter in rainbow colours (see photo)
- The children can practise letter formation on scraps of paper, in sand/ sprinkles/ shaving foam, on sandpaper, tracing paper etc.
- Make the letter using playdough.
- Draw or paint something beginning with that letter.
- Here is an example of how to make sensory bags which the children love using to form and practice letters:
You can also download and print the Letter u worksheet to practise.*
2. Sight Words
The sight words to learn this week are: 'do' and 'all'.
Note: These words are not to be sounded out. They are learned by a look-see method.
Tips to teach these sight words:
- Sight word chants (See Homework Week 30th March - 3rd April)
- Find sight words in your reading books or in magazines/newspapers. Cut them out and make a ‘book’ of sight words.
- Youtube videos:
You can download and print the Sight Word: All/Do worksheets below.*
- Listen to and read along with the PowerPoint of Chicken Licken. (if you play the slideshow you will hear the narration to go with the story.)*
- Retell the story in your own words and see if you can follow along with any of the repeated parts of the story.
- Complete the sequencing activity page* by cutting out the pictures and putting them into the correct order.
- What is the difference between:
- a duck and a drake?
You could ask your parents or call your grandparents or another relative to see if they know.
- In this story the characters' names all rhyme e.g. Chicken Licken. Can you think of any words that rhyme with:
Complete the rhyming word match puzzles* to practice some more rhyming words.
You can access graded readers similar to those we use at school at the following link:
Click on the Teacher Portal and enter:
For this week we will focus on the two books: Cars and Dinosaur Rock.
-Ask your child questions before, during and after reading.
- Have a chat about the children’s day with them;
-Go through lunchtime, playtime, dinnertime, bedtime.
-What happens first: lunchtime or bedtime? What happens last?
2. Revise the days of the week with the children. There are many ways to do this:
- Days of the week songs:
- Cut out the days of the week cards here *
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We will be continuing last week’s topic: Ag féachaint ar an teilifís
1. Click here.
2. Click on Theme.
3. Select An Teilifís.
Here the children will be able to access games, songs and poems all based on this week's topic. The children’s workbook can be accessed by clicking on eBook. Below are some translations of the words, phrases, and conversations on the website.
teilifís (television), cartún (cartoon), tolg (sofa), cathaoir (chair), ríomhaire (computer), ag féachaint ar an teilifís (watching the television), ag gáire (laughing), ag caoineadh (crying), ina luí (lying down).
Tá cartún ar an teilifís (There is a cartoon on the television).
Tá ___________ ag féachaint ar an teilifís ( __________ is watching the television).
Tá ____________ ag gáire/caoineadh (__________ is laughing/crying).
An maith leat a bheith ag féachaint ar an teilifís? (Do you like to watch the television?)
Is maith liom/ ní maith liom a bheith ag féachaint ar an teilifís. (I do like/ I don’t like watching the television.)
Here is a video to teach some basic bouncing/dribbling skills.
When you have completed these and feel confident, you can try the bouncing challenge below.
Old McDonald had a Farm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6HzoUcx3eo
Try to think of your own verses- what noises would the animals make?
Theme 7 Lesson 2 – The Church- A Special Place to Pray
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Timelines- Junior Infants
The children can look at photos of themselves as a baby and also more recent photos. They can discuss differences between babies and 4/5 year olds. The children can arrange the photographs of themselves chronologically on a timeline. Oldest should be on the left and more recently on the right. If you have kept any birthday cards you could match these to the photos in the correct order.
We are very much aware that this is an incredibly difficult and anxious time for many children and of course for parents. Below are some mindfulness techniques for both children and parents that you may find useful.
- Relaxation and Mindfulness Apps for children:
Stop, Breathe & Think Kids
- Mindfulness colouring sheets for children: Farm mindfulness* here.
- If the children are ever looking for something fun to do you could play a game of family fun bingo to choose some activities!
See Week 20th- 24th April for login details to helpful websites.