Now that the children have been introduced to all 42 sounds, we are starting to move on to reading using our word boxes. The video below may help parents who are unfamiliar with using word boxes. We encourage the children to say the sounds in the word in one breath to help them blend the sounds together.
Here are a few pictures from Aistear this month. Our topics for the month were clothes and the arctic. Below you can see the children painting polar bears, making igloos in construction, playing clothes bingo, playing in our clothes shop, ice fishing in our igloo, drawing/writing at our writing station and sticking outfits to our people posters. The boys and girls had a great time using their new vocabulary this month-well done everybody!
Room 14 carried out fantastic work in literacy this month! Below you can see the children reading "The Smartest Giant in Town" along with teacher. We talked about the author, illustrator, cover and blurb. We also discussed the pictures on each page as we read along, and made predictions about what would happen next. We found some of our tricky words in the story too! The children have made great progress with their writing workshop stories, especially now that we can form the letters c, a, o, d and g properly! Below you can see the boys and girls sharing their story with a partner and showing their super listening skills. The children have now been introduced to all 42 Jolly Phonics sounds and we are making great progress on our reading.
A big thank you to Ms. Greene who organised some exciting science experiments for us! We investigated how to make a skittle rainbow, how a candle in an upside down glass can rise water and how dry ice can make fog! We had a lot of fun! We discussed and drew our favourite science experiment at the end.
We have two Aistear themes this month- clothing and the Arctic. For our clothing role play, we will have a clothes shop. We will also have an Arctic igloo. If you have any children's clothing, penguin/polar bear toys etc. that you could lend to the class until the end of the month they would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
We were very busy in room 14 in December! Here are a selection of pictures from some of the events that took place last month. The boys and girls enjoyed taking part in the Winter Walk on campus.
We worked very hard preparing for our Christmas play. Thank you to all the parents for helping with costumes and learning lines. We practised on the stage, with a pianist and we had a dress rehearsal. The children put on a super show!
Thank you to parents who sent in pictures and videos of the play. On the last day of school we had popcorn and enjoyed a screening of our show. It was lovely for the children to see the show from the audience's perspective.
One day in December, the class was returning from the hall when a few snowflakes fell! We were all very excited! The snow inspired many creative stories during writing workshop time that day.
We covered a lot in school in December. The boys and girls learned about toys in the past in history. You could tell them about your favourite toys when you were a child. We played with some toys from the past at an Aistear station, including Christmas snap, stacking dolls, jenga, dominos etc. We explored magnetism. In maths we carried out work on properties of shapes- in the pictures, the children are working out what the shape could be given the clues and justifying their answers. Parents came in to read Christmas stories to us. We also saw a very funny puppet show!
All of the junior infants have begun the Jolly Phonics Programme this fortnight. The boys and girls have now learnt all of the letter sounds in group one-well done everybody! We are focusing on learning only the letter sounds at the moment. We are not yet learning the letter names or how to write the letter. The Jolly Phonics Programme teaches each sound using a corresponding action to help the children remember them all. The actions are explained in your child's sound copy, which is kept in their homework folder. You could revise the sounds using the jolly jingles, which are available on Youtube. I would also recommend downloading the Jolly Phonics app, as it is free at the moment and is easy to use.
The Jolly Phonics Programme does not follow alphabetic order. This is to allow the children to begin sounding out and building words as soon as possible. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me, I would be happy to help in any way I can.
We have been very busy since returning to school two weeks ago! The boys and girls settled back quickly into our school routine and have been learning about school for our Aistear topic. We have been looking at pictures from schools in the past and searching for clues about life long ago. We also went on a tour of our school and learnt the names of the different staff and places in the school. We have been reading our big book, Goldilocks and the three Bears, and have been acting out the story in the role play area and in the small world area during Aistear time.
We have been learning about sound in science and music. We practised playing instruments on Friday and experimented with making loud/quiet noises and high/low sounds.The boys and girls from room 4 even visited us for our dancing raisins experiment during science week. We have been working very hard!
Thank you to all of the parents for helping the boys and girls with homework and our new phonics work.
We had a lot of fun celebrating Halloween in our room! Our Aistear role play area was a costume shop, so the boys and girls have had lots of practice using their new vocabulary during playtime. We read lots of Halloween books and learned spooky songs such as "5 Little Witches" and "Who's afraid of Halloween?". We also dressed up on the last school day of October. Visitors came to read us stories about witches! We sang our songs in the hall- it was a very exciting experience.
After learning all about pumpkins, we painted and decorated pumpkins in art! The pumpkins looked wonderfully creative-well done room 14!
We are investigating autumn in room 14 this month! Thank you for everyone who contributed to our autumn nature table. We went on an autumn hunt, ticking off on our clipboards any signs of autumn that we found. We found red, yellow, orange and brown leaves. We also found helicopters, chestnuts and acorns. We read several autumn stories, such as "The Wide Awake Hedgehog" and "Rusty the Squirrel". We learned that hedgehogs hibernate and we created hedgehogs in art. We are using some of our new autumn vocabulary when we are playing games during Aistear. At the writing/creative station we cut/coloured/drew autumn pictures and made leaf rubbings. We even saw two grey squirrels outside of our classroom window!! It was very exciting.
We learned a lot of information about pumpkins last week! First we looked at the parts of the pumpkin life cycle. We cut out the parts and sequenced them during morning work. We read two books- "It's Pumpkin Time!" and "How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?". On Friday, we examined a pumpkin in class. We came up with words to describe the outside and the inside of a pumpkin. We learned that an estimate is a smart guess. We estimated how many lines/seeds were in our pumpkin. There were 307 seeds inside our pumpkin! Then we came up with ideas on how we should carve our pumpkin.
We also had an art lesson based on pumpkins. We drew pumpkins and we experimented with paint mixing. We discovered that when you mix red and yellow paint you can make orange paint. Make sure to check out our fantastic work on the corridor next week!