Since we have returned from the Christmas holidays the children in both classes have begun writing in their copies.
This is a big step as they are beginning to copy work down from the board all by themselves. They will try to do this a couple of times during the week.
As you can see from the two pictures of Rory's class they are working extremely hard and are really trying their best. They are working on the 3Ps of writing; pencil, paper and posture. Are they holding the pencil correctly? Are they holding their paper properly? Are the sitting the right way with both legs on the floor as they write? They are also using the hand that they do not write with to create finger spaces between their words.
As you can see from the photos they are really concentrating and working hard.
We have been learning all about the post office over the past number of weeks in Aistear.
Both Junior Infants A and B decided to send a special card to Angela and Mel to thank both for all of the work they do.
We decided to post the letter at the post office. We walked all the way from Kilnagleary to Carrigaline Post Office. We waved at the people who worked behind the counter at the post office and we posted our letters.
Angela and Mel were so excited when they received their letters that they came into each classroom to thank the boys and girls especially.
We really enjoyed our last week of term one as we also had a disco with Senior Infants in the halla on Thursday to celebrate all of our hard work. We had a great time!
Niamh and Rory hope that everybody really enjoys their Christmas holidays and we will see all back in school on January 8th.
Enjoy the time away from school and Happy New Year!
For the past number of weeks the children of Junior Infants B have had a classroom elf. They decided to call him Pip.
Every day when they come into the classroom they have found him in a different place. He has been keeping an eye on all of the boys and girls making sure that they are trying their best, working hard and being kind to one another.
So far he has been very pleased and he has delivered elf reports every morning into his special mail box for the boys and girls.
He only has a couple of days left in the classroom before he goes away so we will enjoy our last few days with him.
In the meantime we hope you like the photos of the class finding Pip every morning.
Last Friday Junior Infants A and B visited the Carrigaline library. We walked down from the school with a partner and used the Safe Cross Code to walk to the library correctly.
When we reached the library we were met by Mary the librarian. She explained to us that the library is cool and it is free. She gave Rory and Niamh library membership forms that can be collected from the classrooms by parents. Parents can fill out the membership forms and return them to the library. People are able to take up to 12 books from the library at any time.
After Mary spoke to us the children had some time to look at books in the library and then Rory read the story 'Stuck' by Oliver Jeffers.
We had a really wonderful day at the library. If any parents would like membership forms for the Carrigaline library please ask Niamh or Rory for them.
Thank you to all of the parents who have visited both classrooms over the past number of weeks to help with Aistear. The children have really benefitted and enjoyed having you in the classrooms. If you wish to partake in Aistear please inform the class teacher. Every parent can visit for one Aistear session and if you would like to come for Aistear on a more continuous basis please fill in a Garda vetting form from the office and return it to Angela.
Our next Aistear topic is 'The Post Office'. We will be learning all of the vocabulary this week in school so parents are not needed this week in the classroom. We will be engaging in this topic for the rest of this month and the beginning of January.
In the meantime check out this wonderful restaurant that some children from Junior Infants B created with the help of Bodhi's Dad!
This month for Aistear we are learning all about the Restaurant.
We were delighted to be joined by some parents this week to help us with each of our areas for play. If any other parents are interested in taking part in Aistear please let Rory or Niamh know.
Here are some pictures of Rory's class taking part in Aistear this week.
We were all very happy to return to school after the midterm break. In Maths this week we were learning about small, medium and large.
We worked in pairs and sorted the teddy bears into three different piles of small, medium and large. We all really enjoyed this activity.
We hope you like the pictures of us enjoying this Maths lesson!
We had such a fun week before we went on midterm break. We have been learning all about the different festivals associated with this time of year like Diwali, Harvest, Halloween and Día de los Muertos.
We carved a pumpkin and named him Pumkie! On the Friday before the midterm break we celebrated One Day Together. This is a special day where all Educate Together schools are encouraged to raise funds for the Educate Together organisation. Many of the students and teachers dressed up for this special day. We had lots of superheroes, firemen, princesses, vampires and cats in the classroom. Niamh dressed up as a princess and Rory was dressed as Branch from the movie 'Trolls'.
We had a really fun day and are looking forward to return to school after the midterm break!
For the past number of weeks the children have been learning all about home in Aistear. They have really been enjoying it-as have their teachers!
The children will continue to explore this theme until the midterm break.
After the midterm break our them will be 'The Restaurant'.
Please bring in material to help build our Junk Art area. Egg cartons, ribbons, styrofoam, cardboard boxes and bubble wrap are some items that can help us with our Junk Art areas for Aistear.
Here are some photos of Junior Infants B enjoying Aistear over the past week.
Learning the correct pencil grip can be quite challenging for young children. Activities like cutting with a scissors and using clothes pegs can be very helpful as they help strengthen small muscles in the hand. Using a small binder clip (like the one shown in the picture) on a pencil can help children hugely with pencil grip.
The following website article has some great tips on how to correct pencil grip that you may find helpful:
Furthermore, the next website article has some excellent fine motor activities that can help strengthen hand muscles for all children thus improving writing skills. Some of the activities are very enjoyable for children too so if you are ever stuck for rainy day activities these could come in handy!