25th – 29th May
You’ll be happy to hear this week is the last of the formal school work, as we usually have no homework in June. Instead, I will post ideas for fun Aistear-style learning activities and a Sports Day event. I’ll add a few simple reading activities to Seesaw to dip in and out of, as I always encourage reading practice in June and over the summer. If there is anything specific you want, like reading lists, please let me know via firstname.lastname@example.org, and the children can continue to send their work through Seesaw.
I hope you are all safe and well,
Complete the partner reading and comprehension activity assigned on Seesaw.
Maths – Money
Using real coins is the best way to teach your child about money. Gather all the loose coins you can find. A few activities to play around with:
1. Name coins and sort into piles. Encourage them to say 1cent, 2cent etc. because they sometimes mix up the words cent and euro.
Juniors – 1c, 2c and 5c coins; Seniors – 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c; 1st class – 1c-50c.
2. Practice adding coins. Select different combinations of coins and practice adding the total amount of money. Show your child how to start with the biggest coin and count on. Practice this a lot and there’s no harm in selecting larger amounts if your child needs a challenge.
Add to 5c for Juniors, 10c for Seniors, 50c for 1st class, €2 for 2nd class.
3. Play Shop. Gather a few toys or empty food cartons. Label with prices – 1c-5c for Juniors, 1c-10c for Seniors, 1c-50c for 1st class, 1c-€2 for 2nd class. They can play themselves without any input to begin. The next day, an older child/parent is the shopkeeper and helps child to pick out the right coins to pay. Following this, child can be the shopkeeper and work out change to give back. Don’t get too bogged down if your child isn’t giving the correct amount, we’ll go back over the topic next year. When the fun stops, stop!
4. Go to www.topmarks.co.uk to play some of the money games at their level (see above). Make sure to click on Euro when you select a game.
We usually cover Water Safety in Term 3 when we start swimming lessons. Water Safety Ireland have developed their PAWS programme for families at home. This is a fantastic resource to learn invaluable water safety skills for life.
Go to https://www.teachpaws.ie/ for all resources.