We would like to welcome both groups to Early Start. The children have settled in well and are making lots of friends. Now they can begin their learning journey !
The boys and girls are working very hard in Early Start. They are busy completing a pencil work sheet. The children do many types of work sheets e.g. mazes and trails, matching, follow the dots and will move on to number sheets later in the year. They are learning how to hold their pencil correctly and improving their fine motor skills. Worksheets help the children's concentration skills and helps them focus so that their attention span can lengthen. Worksheets are fun and the children enjoy colouring in the picture afterwards !
The children love coming to circle time. We choose a different theme each week and we use various visual aids such as posters, charts,stories/ books and props to teach each theme. Circle time helps children's listening skills, encourages language, helps children grow in confidence when speaking in front of their peers, turn taking and recall skills. We choose a different helper each day and this is the highlight of the children's day ! We say our days of the week, count and say phrases in Irish. We sing songs and talk about the weather. Mr Monkey gives stickers out to the children when they have been very good !
The children are painting their paper plates. They will sprinkle glitter all over them and stick their photo in the center. We will display them in the classroom.
Table Top Activities
The children enjoy various sticking activities. Below are photos taken from two different activities. Making fruit bowls and sheep !
The children got to experience seeing, feeling and tasting all types of fruits... Most of the children liked the fruit but we also gave them the option of just licking or tasting it and spitting it out into a tissue if they didn't like it. This way all the children were not afraid to try the fruits. Yum yum !
Blindfold Tasting Test !
Learning to get into a line
Halloween in Early Start
Wild Animals/Zoo Animals
The children enjoyed this weeks theme which was all about wild animals. We looked at posters and learned all about each animal during circle time. We made and painted maps with the children for our art work. They made Asia, Africa, Australia, North Pole and South Pole. We taught a lesson on what country the animals come from and we stuck our animals on each map. The children enjoyed colouring in zoo animals and we displayed their work on the corridor. We played animal games during circle time to help language skills and increase vocabulary.
School Fish Tank
We have a tropical fish tank in the school and the children love visiting it each day ! Looking at the fish can have a relaxing and calming effect on the children. Sometimes we give the job of feeding the fish to a child or they get to turn on the light in the morning. Our 2 large Parrot fish have been given names by Noah Dunne in Senior Infants. They are Timmy and Claude ! We love our fish tank. Please drop by and take a look ! !