In light of the current situation caused by the Corona virus a number of commercial companies are offering free use of their resources to parents for use at home with your children. You may like to try some of the following:
- Go to FolensOnline.ie and click register
- Select Teacher
- Fill in a username, email and password
- For Roll Number use the code: Prim20
Parents and pupils can access the online versions of all CJ Fallon books for free. Simply click here and filter to your required title. All your children’s readers are available as e-readers. These would be particularly useful for those in junior and senior infants!
Twinkl are offering all parents a One Month FREE Ultimate Membership to Twinkl.ie. This will allow unlimited access to every single resource for every single curriculum subject from junior infants to sixth class. Setting this up is really easy to do – go to www.twinkl.ie/offer and enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS.
PE / Well-being Resources
The Body Coach, Joe Wicks, is doing a PE class every morning at 9am on his Youtube channel.
Cosmic yoga on Youtube is great for calming children.
Playing outdoors in the back garden ensures children get fresh air.
6 Easy and simple exercises for children
Movement breaks / Brain breaks:
Help your child to become a published writer with Emu Courses. Go to http://www.emucourses.ie/letsgetwriting.php.
Stories online read aloud https://www.storylineonline.net/
https://lurgan.biz/ (popular songs as Gaeilge)
This music resource is available free of charge for a month. Click on https://dabbledoomusic.com/.
Speech & Language Therapy / Occupational Therapy
If your child needs support with speech and language or occupational therapy here are some activities to support junior/ senior infant pupils and first / second class pupils.
For children using the Nessy Programme they have a Youtube channel. Please click the following link: https://www.youtube.com/user/greenandfriendly.
General Advice re Home Schooling
Talking to your Child about the Corona Virus
How to explain COVID-19 to a child with anxiety
Social story on COVID-19 (useful for children with autism)
Below are a list of podcasts you may find useful. They are divided into categories.
“Circle Round” — Folk tales from around the world, told with the help of celebrity readers.
“Stories Podcast” — A combination of classic children’s stories and original tales.
“Molly of Denali” — An eight-episode serialised narrative, based on the PBS Kids series.
“Story Pirates” — Stories written by kids are woven into a narrative about a musical-theatre company’s magical misadventures.
“What If World” — The improvisational storyteller Mr. Eric tells fantastic tales based on “What if?” questions submitted by listeners.
“Girl Tales” — Feminist fairy tales written and performed by playwrights and actors.
“Calm Kids Podcast” — Two sisters, Lucie and Charlotte (ages 11 and 8), share their original stories.
“Aaron’s World” — Aaron, a dinosaur lover, started this podcast when he was a kid to share dinosaur facts. It grew into a narrative adventure series that ran for five years.
“But Why?” — The public radio host Jane Lindholm helps answer kids’ most burning questions.
“Earth Rangers” — A sound-rich dive into nature and animal science, guided by Ranger Emma.
“Wow in the World” — Guy Raz and Mindy Thomas, radio and podcast stars, serve up science news with a heavy dose of silliness.
“Smash Boom Best” — This debate show pits two awesome things against each other, encouraging listeners to choose their own winner.
“Animal Sound Safari” — This Australian podcast travels in a Magic School Bus-style “safari mobile” to discover animals around the world.
“Pants on Fire” — Kids are challenged to “spot the liar” on this game show, co-hosted by a robot.
“Soundwalks” — Each short episode is a guided meditation through beautiful soundscapes.
“Bedtime Explorers” — Settle down for the night with stories of magical expeditions.
“Peace Out” — This calming podcast teaches meditation and self-regulation through stories.
“Ear Snacks” — The children’s musicians Andrew & Polly explore different themes through songs and interviews.
“Noodle Loaf” — A clever interactive music podcast that features echo songs, musical challenges and a kids’ choir that anyone can join.
“The Music Box” — Each episode is a lesson about a musical concept featuring interactive activities.
“Classical Kids Storytime” — A sneaky way to introduce your kids to classical music, with the help of children’s stories like Hansel and Gretel.
“Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child” — An hour long show that will introduce the family to the best in kids’ music, every week.
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