As we are coming to the end of Term 2, I just want to remind you of some of the ways you can enjoy the next two weeks:
Try to do a variety of different activities each day (get fresh air, reading, drawing, listening to music, watching a movie or TV programme, a walk or bike ride (within limits and with permission), board games, puzzles and don't forget...helping with chores around the house.)
Here are some English and Maths Easter activities for you and I will post again in two weeks.
You are doing GREAT everyone, keep positive and stay safe ... :)
Weaving Well-Being is an Irish designed positive mental health programme which aims to enhance well-being in children aged from 8-12 years within the framework of the SPHE curriculum. One of the authors, Fiona Forman, has just released a FREE downloadable well-being journal for children. I think that a lot of students will enjoy it!
Here is the link:
This activity will benefit all children who find it difficult to memorise classwork or who may forget what they have learned after a period of time. (for example, spellings from a few weeks ago etc)
You can use the attached file to continue helping memory skills to improve. This sheet can be used in many ways:
- call them out and ask your child to repeat
- call them out and ask your child to write them
- allow them to be read and then recalled orally or through writing
- ask your child to recall them 30mins later and again the following day
Experiment with different methods of memorisation (we often make up a story using the object list and I would encourage the students to really visualise and picture the object)
You can add lists together to make it more of a challenge.
Why not use the above photographs that I took this morning as inspiration for your writing. You can pause the slideshow if you want to have a closer look. Here are some nouns that are taken from the pictures:
horse, gate, field, tree, branch, bud, hawthorn, sheep, fence, primrose, daffodil, moss, ivy, cow, calves.
Write some sentences about each photograph and add some adjectives to the nouns I have listed above. See if you can stretch those sentences even further. You will remember doing some of this with me in our groups if you are a 4th class student, but anyone can try it!
The white horse stood by the gate.
The white horse stood tall by the rusty gate.
We must try to speak to ourselves in an encouraging and gentle way. Many of you have created a positive affirmations board and it is on display in Room 3. Why not create one for home? You don't need corkboard and pins, you could use an old cereal box and ask someone to help you make some holes in it to tie some string/ribbon through it for hanging.
Don't forget to add some of your favourite positive affirmations to it before you display it. I have attached a list for inspiration. Look at it and read them when you wake up, before you go to sleep or if you are feeling that you need to be cheered up or motivated.
As with all activities, these are just SUGGESTIONS and there is no pressure on any student to complete any of them. If you can't, that is fine and you do not need to worry at all :-)
Send me details of the affirmations you choose or even better, a photo of the finished piece!
This is an excellent resource for practicing your basic facts and tables.
If your daughter gets word lists or word bags from me, here are some websites to find some of these words should they get lost or need to be added to. Read them, practice them, write them on coloured card and make a second copy of each to play SNAP with, create a wordsearch and hide the words in it, write them in different colours, write them outside with chalk, make a word wall in your house, find them in your reading books... try different ways to practice each day.
I know that some of your class teachers have been encouraging you to notice the signs of spring all around you. I have been lucky enough to capture a sign of spring on camera early this morning. This guy spent a long time racing and jumping about in the fields around my house. He even came right up on the patio. Do you know what animal it is? It's an Irish Hare!
Would you like to learn more about him? Lets try to use as many of your skills across different subjects!
Remember that all of the activities are optional. I'll post beside each one the groups it might be suitable for. It is up to you and your parents if you complete any, some or all. The most important thing for the moment is that you are helping your parents out at home and trying to get some fresh air everyday. Stay safe everyone and don't forget to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or updates or pictures of your work. :-)
Theraputty is often used to help improve hand strength and dexterity. Using it in different ways will help to improve fine motor skills. Handwriting grip and technique is often something that is helped by engaging with theraputty activities. Many pupils often find using the putty calming and relaxing and a pleasant sensory experience too! The different colours usually mean different strengths/hardness. A medium one might be good to start with. This is usually orange/pink or green in colour but you can check with the supplier if you choose to purchase one.
Here are some websites that are Irish based.
This activity will help to build vocabulary (adjectives), descriptive oral skills, alphabetical order skills, dictionary and thesaurus work.
Have fun and feel free to email me email@example.com to tell me about some of the interesting words that you discovered.