October 8

Múinteoir Deborah

Please keep an eye on this page for class updates or notices. From time to time, I will update you on topics/themes we are covering in class and ways you can help your child at home.

If there is something in particular you would like advice on and you do not have time to stay and chat, I can help you out here by leaving an audio or a video. All queries will be dealt with anonymously but will help many please God.

Below are some ideas to help you reinforce your child’s current word list. Repetition and fun are key to learning.

Word lists or Tricky words

Some ideas you can try out at home.


Reading time at home.

Reading and listening to stories is hugely important for every child, to develop both their oral (spoken) language skills and aural phonological awareness skills (their ability to hear sounds in words/break up words/recognise rhyming words and so on)

The benefits of regular, daily reading/listening to reading will later on translate also into your child’s creative writing. But at first, one step at a time!

Predicting is an important skill when reading. Through questioning, at the start and throughout the story, you can illicit from your child what they think will happen in the story. You are all the time extending their language and encouraging a broader use of rich vocabulary.

Below are some ideas to try the next time you read with your child, whether it is a book from school or one you have at home.

After reading the story, you can check your child’s comprehension (understanding) of the text. Why did Mum put on her coat? What did she buy in the shop? Why was she late? What would you have done if you were mum?

It is important that reading is a stress free time with you and your child. Have lots of fun!

Jolly Phonics♥

Junior Infants have just started their Jolly phonics programme. The programme is a child friendly approach to literacy. The children are taught 42 sounds in a specific order ( not alphabetically) and each sound has an action and short song to go with it. This enables the children to begin building words as soon as possible.

There are 5 skills taught throughout the programme.

They are : Letter sounds including digraphs such as sh, ai, th, …

Letter formation – It is very important that children start in correct spot. This may be different to how you learned how to write. Tracing letters in sand, sugar, on sandpaper, on someone’s back and  in shaving foam are great ways to reinforce the formation.

Blending– Children will gradually learn to push the sounds they learn together to hear/make and write  words.

Identifying sounds in words -Listening to sounds in words gives children the best start  for improving spelling.

Tricky words – Tricky words cannot be sounded out and that is why they are tricky! So these words need to be learned separately just by looking at them. Games to help this are mentioned above.

There are many Youtube clips to help you at home with formation and sounds. There are also wonderful Jolly Phonics apps available at a small cost. I am not saying to purchase them but I am just making you aware they are available.

In school we will learn these sounds in a multi sensory way and each sound is revised every time we move on to a new sound. It is lots of fun and I hope you have fun at home too!

Group 1 songs

Below is a fun activity to help with articulation/pronunciation.

Below are some links to some wonderful games which help with many areas of Maths.

Each week in school, we reinforce the skills of counting, number recognition, sequencing, ordering, comparing and much more. It would be beneficial to your child to also reinforce these on a regular basis at home. 10 or 15 mins. a day, a few times a week, would make a huge difference. Please remember to monitor your child’s use of technology for safety reasons.





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