Obair Bhaile R3

A thuismitheoirí, a chairde,

Tá súil agam go bhfuil sibh uilig slán, sábhailte. Tá na laethanta seo dian ar gach duine. Bhí mé ag smaoineamh ar cad is fearr dúinn a dhéanamh chun cabhrú le na páistí foghlaim sa bhaile. Níl aon brú gach píosa den obair a théann abhaile a chríochnú, Iarrtar ar na páistí cibé méid is féidir leo a dhéanamh gach lá – beidh laethanta ann nach féidir mórán a dhéanamh agus ár dóigh tá sin ceart go leor. Nílim ag iarraidh go mbeidh aon duine faoi bhrú. Táim chun obair sheachtainiúil a chur abhaile agus é a leagan amach go laethúil. Táim chun amchlár bunúsach a thabhairt díobh. Gach seachtain beidh meascan d’obair acadúil, gníomhaíocht fhisiciúil, tascanna praiticiúla agus tascanna le spraoi a dhéanamh. Inseoidh mé díobh cad iad na gnéithe den obair a ba chóir a chur ar ais le bheith ceartaithe. Beidh sibh féin ábalta an scrúdú litriú srl a cheartú. Is féidir libh teagmháil a dhéanamh liom ar ríomhphoist le aon cheisteanna faoin obair. Beidh mé ar fáil chun bhur gceisteanna a fhreagairt ar ríomhphoist gach lá scoile idir 11:00-12:00 agus 14:30 agus 15:00. Tá Clár, Emer, Niamh agus Aogán ag obair ar phlean chun teagmháil ar ríomhphoist a choimeád le na páistí le riachtanais speisialta agus na pásití a bhfuil tacaíocht faoi leith uathu.

I hope you and your families are keeping well during this difficult time. In order to help our pupils to continue to learn and to help to give structure and routine to their day work will be sent home by e-mail each Friday. This work will include a timetable with suggested work and activities for each day Monday to Friday. Please return completed work for correction by e-mail each Friday. Each week I will explain what work I would like you to correct yourself (for example their weekly spelling test) and I will list the work that I would like e-mailed back to me for correction.

I understand how difficult this time is and that different families will have different struggles during this strange time. This work is only to help and assist you. I will completely understand if the children don’t complete all their work, please don’t worry about this. If you are feeling overwhelmed by the work or have questions, or if you would like additional work, please e-mail me, Monday-Friday between the hours 11:00-12:00 and 14:30-15:00. The resources and support teachers Clár, Emer, Niamh and Aogán will be contacting those who might need additional support at this time.

While I know the children now have a suggested timetable and textbooks, below I have added in some websites that may come in useful over the next few weeks.  Feel free to dip into them at your leisure – you don’t need to visit every site suggested.

While there are many timetable suggestions and ideas online to keep the kids busy during this unprecedented time, please don’t feel that you must follow these or think that you are not doing enough.  Do what works best for your family.  Enjoy the time together, get outside into the fresh air (while practicing safe social distancing), play games, climb trees, play football, feed the ducks etc.

I would also say that this would be a great time to practice important skills such as learning how to tie shoelaces if they can’t already do so, try their hand at baking, reading the time if they have not yet mastered it, help with small chores around the house, organise their books/toys, get creative with arts and crafts and maybe even planting seeds or a spot of gardening.

Try not to worry too much about them falling behind.  It is a very unusual situation that we find ourselves in and we will work together to get back on track as best we can when things improve.  The main things that you can do for your child is;

  1. To keep reading with them daily to maintain their level. The online “Oxford Owl” is a super collection of books. It is free of charge. Another way to keep up the reading would be to sign up with the “librariesireland.ie to read the ebooks. The site storylineonline.net has lovely read along stories.
  2. To keep them writing daily, this can be free writing, making lists, making cards/mini books etc. I find children like to write with a purpose. I am sure older family members who might be lonely at this time would really appreciate receiving a few letters from the children.
  3. To keep revising their tables daily. Play simple Maths games online (there are great Maths games on Twinkl, like ‘Mathopoly’. Useful online maths activities can be found at “hit the button” and “topmarks. This is a great opportunity to play card games and board games such as monopoly or snakes and ladders as in a fun way the children can practise adding, subtracting and counting on from maths.
  4. Don’t forget physical exercise! The Body Coach Joe Wicks is starting daily PE lessons online at 9am on his Youtube channel “The Body Coach TV”. Oti Mabuse is teaching dance lessons daily at 11:30am on her facebook page.

Best of luck,

Is mise le meas,

Cherrie Donnino.