I appreciate that this is a very difficult for everyone, especially parents and children. I am attaching for your information a recent communication from the Department of Education on talking to your children.
It is important to reduce the risk of further spread of the infection and therefore all social interactions should be minimised. The Government guidelines on social distancing should be followed in order to decrease or interrupt the spread of COVID-19.
The following are some links which may be of use to you and your children during the school closure.
Twinkl are offering all parents and teachers a One Month FREE Ultimate Membership to Twinkl.ie. This will allow parents and teachers unlimited access to every single resource for every single curriculum subject from junior infants to sixth class.
Notes: Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.ie/offer and enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS. This code will only work for new memberships. If you are an existing member with a Core or Extra membership, please get in touch and we will upgrade you to Ultimate right away.
TTS have created a “Learning at Home Pack” with over 40 resources both literacy and maths. It is an english publication so it is sectioned into KS1, KS2 and early years. Search for tts-group on Google
All class levels
If you or your child/children or parent/s are a member of the local library, you can access an App or website called BorrowBox. It is free. I use it for audio books and also, ebook. There is a children’s section.
Notes: To register, you need your library card which has your membership number on the back.
All class levels
Vooks is committed to being a resource for families to keep kids reading at home. Vooks can also be a welcome distraction for parents, allowing them to enjoy time with their kids, watching and discussing books together. To help, we have created take-home lesson plans that can be shared with parents and guardians – built to provide children with 20 minutes a day of read aloud time and activities.
Notes: Free one month, sign up required
Oxford Owl Ebook Reader Library
Oxford Owl has an ebook library with over 250 books in it and offers free access to teachers and parents once you create an account at www.oxfordowl.co.uk They also have some vocabulary and comprehension activities for most of the books.