Over the past few days Junior and Senior Infants have been busy learning all about the changes we see around us in Autumn.We have been talking about the seasons and the way in which the leaves on the trees change colour and begin to fall off at this time of year. We learned the action rhyme 'Autumn Leaves'. We have also learned about animals, such as the Hedgehog and the Squirrel, who are busy preparing for Hibernation in Winter. We were very interested to learn that the Hedgehog sleeps all day and wakes up at night (nocturnal) and that he has prickles on his back to protect him from larger animals. We talked about the farmer who is busy harvesting his crops and we learned the song 'Im the Farmer'. We enjoyed reading the story of the Little Red Hen who, like the farmer, had to harvest the wheat in order to bake the bread! We decided to paint some Autumn trees of our own. First of all we traced our hands and arms. We then coloured inside this brown to create the shape of the tree trunk and branches. Afterwards we used styrofoam and Autumn colour paints (yellow, brown, orange and red) to create the leaves for our trees. Take a look at our work!
In order to hold a pencil and improve handwriting children must first develop their fine motor skills. There are many simple activities you can engage your child in so as to develop these skills. Here are some suggestions you may like to try out with your son:
-Fingerpainting, drawing, colouring, tracing patterns
-Stringing beads/pasta on thread
-Playing with playdough- rolling, squeezing, bending into various shapes
-Sticker books- sticking small stickers along a pattern
-Cutting out along patterns with child-friendly scissors
-Helping to hang clothes out on clothes line- opening the clothes pegs helps strengthen muscles in the hand
There are lots more ideas on how to develop these skills to be found on websites such as http://handsonaswegrow.com/30-kids-activities-materials-for-promoting-fine-motor-skills/ and
Fourteen boys began Junior Infants this week and what a busy week it was! Three boys had birthdays in their first week, once again Happy Birthday wishes to Eoin, Tadhg and Abel! Senior Infants set such an excellent example and taught Junior Infant boys some of the routines in our classroom. We played lots of games this week to get to know each other, we visited some of the rooms in the school and we attended Assembly with the older boys. Junior Infants learned some new songs and rhymes such as the Today Song, The Wheels on the Bus, A Sailor Went to Sea, Sea, Sea and Two Little Dicky Birds. We love doing the actions with the rhymes! With Senior Infants' help, Junior Infants learned some games in PE also- Traffic Lights, Duck Duck Goose and What Time is it Mr. Wolf? Junior Infants learned the 's' and the 'a' sounds and practised tracing their names with their pencils. Senior Infants have been quite busy revising their sounds, their handwriting and creating sets for numbers one to ten. Junior and Senior Infant boys all worked together to create a colourful handprint rainbow yesterday! Take a look at some of the photos of our work this week!
Its the start of a new school year! Welcome back to all parents and pupils, I hope you all enjoyed the holidays. I am looking forward to having Junior Infant and Senior Infant pupils in my class this year. Please keep up to date with what is happening in our classroom by logging on to our page from time to time!
Ms. Michelle Sheehan