This might be useful for some hints and tips during this time.
The GAA, supported by the Cumann na mBunscol and the GPA, are delighted to announce the publication the #GAAPrimary Challenges in a new weekly format – a series of learning & physical activities for children in Primary School. These activities can be found on the above link.
The reading Academy have made the course, ‘Helping your child with Dyslexia’ available for free to all parents. This course contains 4 lessons. Within each lesson are 7 separate activities, including parent guides and worksheets, that specifically work on children’s listening and comprehension skills. The course will benefit all children, and not just those who struggle with reading or who have dyslexia.
Here’s how to get it:
- Go to www.thereadingacademy.ie
- Click ‘free course for parents’ button.
- Feel free to share with friends
A nice little site for cluichí Gaeilge. Aimed at 1st class up to 2nd/3rd (EC1) then senior classes (EC2). It is a northern Irish site so a slightly different canuint but worth a look.
All students are set up on www.ixl.com Your child will need their username and password to log in. You need to email the school firstname.lastname@example.org to get these details and instructions of what work you should complete. When you have these details you can access the site here https://ie.ixl.com/
The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) have advice and resources for Keeping Children and Young People Well during Covid-19. These can be accessed by visiting https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/information-for-schools-preschools-and-third-level-institutions-on-the-coronavirus.html#15
Starting on RTÉ2 from Monday 30 March, teachers on the RTÉ Home School Hub will present three short class segments aimed at 1st and 2nd class, 3rd and 4th class and 5th and 6th class. Classes will start each morning from 11am to 12pm, so plenty of time to get a solid breakfast in and maybe a quick walk.
Classes will start on television, for an hour, before directing the kids to fun content and projects on rte.ie/learn and the RTÉ Player.
And then the kids takeover, as RTÉ Home School Extra kicks off at 4.15pm where kids from all over the country can reconnect by uploading and posting video messages and content.
And it couldn’t be easier to add into your day: On RTÉ2/RTÉ Player/rte.ie/learn, children will be able to watch/download and engage with curriculum-based content, project work and fun activities that will keep them entertained and learning.
All content will be presented by qualified primary school teachers, modelled and curated around the existing primary school curriculum, so you can bring the best bits of school home each day.
For any pupils attending speech and language therapy,OT therapy or with any additional needs nsce have extra resources online.
Amazon today cancelled the subscription of books and audio stories for children of all ages for as long as schools are closed. This means you can stream an incredible collection of stories for free at home. Here is the link
The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) has made available top tips for parents. https://ncse.ie/online-resources-for-parents
Click on the link below to avail of resources for your class level. While created by another school, it is free for all to share.
Free Resource bank
Click link below to access packs to aid with distance learning, enter your email address, create a password and enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS. You can then access/download all School Closure Packs from twinkl.ie!
Other educational publishers have also opened up access to their resources.
http://www.edcolearning.ie Username ; primaryedcobooks Password ; edco2020
Scoilnet is a resource to support schools, teachers, students and parents and can be accessed at the following link:
Scoilnet Website – students and teachers can access over 20,000 resources shared by primary and post-primary teachers anytime, anywhere. Search materials by class/year group, subject, strand, and learning outcomes.
World Book Online –all students in Ireland have open and free home access to World Book Online. World Book is a trusted encyclopedia containing thousands of informational articles with stunning illustrations, videos, interactive maps, research help, and activities.
Scoilnet Theme pages –primary school teachers and students can access subjectbased themed pages. Each theme page presents a set of links and resources on a particular topic.
Check out this child-friendly interview that Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr Ronan Glynn did with RTÉ’s new2day programme last week, that may also be a useful resource when talking about Covid-19 with your child.
There is also an updated advice sheet for speaking to children regarding the virus on the parents board in school.