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Activities for Listening Skills

In order for children to become skilled readers and writers, it is important that they are able to tune in to the speech sounds of the English language. This can be tricky for some, but a focus on listening skills before learning to read will help.

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When Readers Struggle

A core reader is a reading book that a whole class will read together. The text in these readers usually includes lots of high-frequency words and some topic-specific words, which may or may not be decodable for the children.

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Ikea in the Classroom

Ikea is a teacher’s playground. I defy you to visit and not purchase something for school. Here’s a list here my favourite Ikea in the classroom purchases; from the cheap (less than €1) to the investment (€70+).

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Best Buys for the Classroom

It’s that time of year again, with ‘Back to School’ displays accosting us in every shop we walk into, despite it only feeling like 5 minutes since we got our holidays.

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The Importance of Outdoor Play

Outdoor play allows children to take risks. It fosters creativity. It provides an environment that is rich in learning experiences. But most of all, it’s FUN, and goodness knows, the children need that now more than ever.

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E.a.R.L. the Coding Robot

Once we had done the groundwork, I introduced E.a.R.L. to the class. There was much excitement. We used E.a.R.L. with a floor mat of a street scene, which was ideal for our first activity, as the journey is clear and easy to see.

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Summer Courses for Teachers

It’s that time of year again! Primary School Teachers up and down the country are scanning the pages of InTouch magazine and scrolling online to find a Summer Course to secure the much-loved EPV days.

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Maths Learning Resources for Teachers

Maths learning resources are a solid investment for any early years classroom.  Of course, written Maths is important, too. Children need to learn number formation, and begin to construct number sentences.  Do you need a workbook for this?

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Reviewing and Assessing Play

Setting aside time for reviewing and assessing children at play is beneficial in many ways.  It will tell you much about the children themselves, allow them to self-reflect, as well as informing planning for further play sessions.

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The Teacher's Credit Union

The main features that I use in Comhar Linn are the Budget Account and Personal Loans. The loans are pretty self-explanatory but I’ll go into more detail on the specific benefits later on. I’ll start with the life-saving Budget Account.

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The Aistear Curriculum

Within the infant school day, it is incredibly beneficial for the children to allocate an hour a day for child-led play. Although it is child-led play, the teacher’s role is crucial for planning, modelling, supporting, observing and assessing the play.

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Picture Books for Older Students

Treasa Bowe, AKA Between the Covers of a Good Book, and I have compiled a list of some of our favourite picturebooks for older children (senior classes). 

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Say Goodbye to the Friday Spelling Test!

Most of us know that there’s no benefit to a Friday Spelling Test; there have been many studies to prove it, yet the practice still continues! We find ourselves presenting the children with a list on a Monday and telling them to ‘learn’ them by Friday.

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STEM Activities at Home

In recent times, a lack of resilience in children has become a cause of concern for some parents. By encouraging play and STEM activities, children develop curiosity, perseverance and coping strategies.

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Ideas for Junk Art

What is Junk Art? Junk Art is open-ended, child-led and creative. Children create their own art using items you might put in your recycling bin.

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