20th April 2020
I hope this email finds you well after the Easter ‘break’ and that the children are all safe and healthy. Unfortunately, we don’t have a return to school date yet, so for now, we will need to continue as we have been doing with uploading work onto the padlet. There will be a new section uploaded each week with suggested work to try and do that week. Unfortunately as we do not have the school books at home with you, I can only assign work online. I understand access to printers, laptops and ipads are not possible in every household so there is no pressure in getting this work done if access is limited. Please contact me with any issue or questions you may have.
The RTE School Hub is proving very popular and definitely something i recommend the children watch if possible.
The following is a Department of Education Guide for Parents supporting Children with Home Schooling – you may find some of it useful. https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/guide-for-parents-supporting-children.pdf
I am missing all the children so much and watching them learn and grow. I know that this is such an unprecedented time and stress levels an anxiety are quite high. I fully understand that trying to get work done at home with the children at the moment can be very difficult, especially if you are working too. Try to just take this as a helpful guide of activities to do with your child. I have tried to make them as interactive and accessible to all. The work is for both Senior and First Class
I would love to hear from you all and see how you are all doing. You can contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The link to the padlet is https://padlet.com/msfitzgeraldsclass2020/l9s79p5ql75c
Looking forward to hearing from you all and seeing your lovely work. Thank you to the parents who have sent on samples so far. Its great to see their progress!
Stay safe everyone
I hope that this email finds you all safe and well. Have been thinking of you all and hope that none of your families have been touched by this virus. I know the uncertainty ahead is huge and it is a very trying time for everyone. I’m sure the children would rather be in school playing with their friends as normal.
Until things improve, we wont know when next we will see our classrooms again. I decided I would make a little site here with links to lots of games and activities for your child to do at home, as I know the days can be long. These are suggested activities with learning potential. They had been reading from the Big Cat Readers so I’ve sent a link where you can get these readers online and start at their level. There are lots of phonics games linked which would be hugely beneficial to the children’s learning, as are the games like Sight word bingo. The math’s games and apps linked are also great for practice too. I’ve linked a few Gaeilge sites which they might like to try. Folens and CJ Fallon have also opened all their books online to children and parents so it might be something you would like to do, as there are lovely interactive bits in Abair Liom online.
There are some printable worksheets but i know that many of us do not have printers at home anymore. Do whatever you can, and I certainly don’t expect the children to be sitting down in front of the screens all day. I would love them to be out in the fresh air playing and maybe baking, gardening or building things. It is a highly anxious time for them at the moment and so the most important thing is that they are safe and trying to have some fun.
I would love to see and hear how the children are getting on whilst they are off so feel free to let them send me an email or a picture of work they have done or something they are proud of and I’ll be sure to get back to them as soon as I can. Also if you have any questions and would like some extra support, send me an email and I’ll get back to you!
Click on the link below to access all the suggestions, and you can like and comment on each bit you do.
My email address is email@example.com. I would love to hear from you and see how you are getting on.
The main thing is that everyone is healthy and safe. There is no obligation to do any of the above work, as I understand there are people working, as well as trying to juggle everything. They are just some simple ideas for my class.
Take care all of you and hope to hear from you soon!