Ideas for Writing….
1. Memory Games - In order for something to be committed to memory, attention must first be given and held. This is why memory games help build focus in young children. The popular children's game Memory is a good example, but there are other memory building games you can play with objects around the house. If you have a deck of cards, pick five cards from the deck and ask your child to focus and remember them. After he says he's ready, take the cards, shuffle the deck, and have him find the five cards from before. If this is too easy, have him put them in the correct order as well or add a card or two. If it's too difficult, limit the game to one or two suits. Other objects that work for this game include coins and buttons.
2. Hidden Object Games- These types of games encourage your child to notice things she may otherwise ignore. It requires concentration and comprehension to discover whatever it is she's trying to find, and many children find these fun, like they're detectives trying to solve a mystery. Here are some examples: Word Searches, I-Spy, Where's Waldo Books "Easter Egg" Hunts (Hiding objects that result in a small reward when collected entirely)
3. Word Games- These games not only build attention, but they are also great ways to improve your child's vocabulary and spelling skills. Plus, you don't usually need anything to play these games since they're verbally based. Saying one word and having your child rhyme the word is a good example. Or pick a category (animals, foods, etc.) and say a word in that category. The next person must then think of a word that begins with the last letter of the word that was said before. E.g. the category was places; if I say France, you'd have to think of a place that began with E, the last letter in France. Egypt would be a good answer.
4. Story Based Games- These games require your child to pay attention to the details of a story. While reading to your child, you can pull a pop quiz and ask a question about something that happened earlier in the tale. Eventually he should start habitually listening and remembering at story time, especially if you make the game fun.Another easy game is the Continue the Story game. You start a story and stop after a paragraph or so; then your child should add on to the story, making sure to keep the tale somewhat logical. Then you both alternate adding to the story until you decide on a conclusion.
5. Puzzles- Puzzles are generally considered great brain exercises, and because they're both fun and require focus and patience, children respond well to them. Puzzles include the following: Picture puzzles Crossword puzzles Mahjong Sudoku Jigsaw Puzzles
6. Card Games and Board Games: scrabble, draughts, chess, Monopoly
If you haven't already, join the local library and visit it weekly.
Things to do….
1. Talk about/Write a book review or a film review. What was it? What happened in it? Was it enjoyable? What mark would you give it out of 10?
2. Make a bookmark for your favourite book or the most recent book that you have read.
3. Make a card or write a letter to a family member or friend.
4. Beginning with the letter 'A" list in alphabetical order as many names you can think of. (Other lists can include: places, animals, foods, sports, past times, jobs people have, things you would find in school, in the kitchen)
5. Write a story or poem.
6. Write down all the things you are good at.
7. Describe how to play your favourite sport.
8. Write down 5 facts about something that interests you.
9. Learn how to play Solitare
10. Listen to some music and draw what you see.
11. List as many adjectives or describing words that you can think of to describe yourself
12. Describe yourself for an alien.
13. Who is the person you would most like to meet? What would you
like to ask this person?
14. Design a useful invention.
15. Draw yourself as a cartoon character.
16. Make up to quiz questions you know the answer to and write them'.
17. List all the verbs (doing/action activities) you will do today.
18. Paint how you are feeling using colours.
19. What would you do with 3 wishes?
20. Invent your own super hero. Describe and illustrate.
21. Draw your ideal bedroom
Design an alien
Design a cartoon character
Design a superhero
Move well, move often:
Youtube clips for 10 at 10 Operation Transformation available
Design exercise circuits
Regular movement games
Go Noodle Youtube clips
Yoga for kids Youtube clips
The below link offers some inspiration for ways in which you can spend some quality time with your children during the school closure. We would recommend that you try to build and maintain a daily routine as much as is possible with your children during this time.
The below link has some useful hints and tips for parents, when speaking to their child about COVID 19.
Please find below a list of educational websites which we recommend your children to use over the next two weeks.
12 March, 2020
STATEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION AND SKLLS
An announcement was made this morning by the Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD of the closure of schools, pre-schools and further and higher education settings, for a period until 29 March 2020, to support efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19. This will take effect from 6pm this evening, Thursday 12 March.This is in line with the advice of the National Public Health Emergency Team.
All pupils and students, from pre-school to third level are urged to practice social distancing, and to minimise physical contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this approach.
In order to minimise the impact on teaching and learning, all schools will be asked to continue to plan lessons and, where possible, provide online resources for students or online lessons where schools are equipped to do so. Schools are asked to be conscious of students that may not have access to online facilities and to consider this actively in their response.
Schools are asked to prioritise supporting exam classes to continue to prepare for State examinations.
Physical classes in universities and higher education facilities will not be held during the closure. Institutions can make other arrangements for teaching and learning and other activities in line with their business continuity plans and contingency planning.
Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD said:
“I am deeply conscious of the impact that school and education setting closures have on students, on families and on the wider community. This is a necessary and proportionate measure that we are taking as a pro-active measure to help contain the threat of Covid-19.
“This is the right decision at the right time. It is taken in the best interests of our children, our young people, our school and college communities and our wider society.
“At this point in time the closure is planned for two weeks, from tomorrow until 29 March. The Government, in conjunction with the public health authorities, will keep the situation under ongoing review. Any change to that date will be communicated widely.
“Pupils should take their books and learning materials home with them this evening.
“This is a very challenging time for our pupils, our teachers, our students and our colleagues in further and higher education.
“Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine – we all live in one another’s shadow. If there was ever a time for us to appreciate how closely we are connected, how much what we do matters to others, how much we rely on each other, this is it. This is a time where we all need to work together for the best possible outcome for our students. The support of everyone across the sector is vital, as we all strive to ensure that this threat is dealt with as effectively as possible.”
The Department of Education and Skills will remain open and will continue to provide supports to the education sector at this time.
The Department of Education and Skills has been liaising closely on a continual basis with the Department of Health in relation to Coronavirus/Covid-19 since early January. This will continue.
Department of Education and Skills Press office