October 28th – 30th

Welcome back from the long weekend! Last week in The Children’s House we had a wonderful time going to the GAA field and doing football training with one of the dads – a lot of the children were also displaying amazing rugby skills….! As well as this, we had a lovely time on Friday decorating Hallowe’en cookies in the 9am class with one of the mums. We’d like to thank all the parents who are coming in and doing activities with the children at the moment, it’s just fantastic!

This week we will be continuing in our preparations for the Hallowe’en, by making spooky playdough in Hallowe’en colours of green, orange and black, and creating more fantastic Hallowe’en crafts to decorate your homes with!! We will be having a philosophical discussion about what would happen if we had no seasons (the children may relate their learning about Autumn and hibernation to this), and then on a less serious note – or maybe a less quieter note! – we will be having our fancy dress Hallowe’en party at the end of the week with face painting, games and dancing! Happy Hallowe’en everyone!!

Five Little Skeletons:

Five little skeletons sitting on a gate (5 fingers up)
The first one said  ‘Oh my it’s getting late’ (hands on cheeks)
The second one said ‘There’s a chill in the air (arms around self)
The third one said ‘But we don’t care’ (swing index finger)
The fourth one said ‘We’re ready for some fun’ (hands in air)
The fifth one said ‘Let’s run & run & run’ (running motion)
Then ‘oooo’ went the wind, and out went the lights,
And the five little skeletons ran out of sight!

Ghost Chant (recite very quietly):

Ghost so scary,
Ghost so white,
Don’t scare (shout child’s name)
On Hallowe’en night!!

October 19th – 23rd

We will be making the classrooms a little bit spooky in preparation for Hallowe’en this week in The Children’s House! We are going to carve pumpkins and make Hallowe’en pictures, and as a special treat on Tuesday, we will be going to do some football training on Tuesday in the GAA pitch with one of the parents who has offered his services!

Following on from the observation days in the morning classes, we are currently holding parent teacher meetings. These are a great opportunity to see all the areas that your child is working through in the classroom, and all the skills they are developing, and also to ask any questions you may have thought about since the observation. Of course, at any time of year you are more than welcome to come in and do an observation, or to have a meeting with us if you have any concerns or questions. At this stage in the year we are also asking you to think about how you can be involved in your child’s school experience throughout the year, so if you have a particular skill or interest you would like to share with us, or if you would like to come in and read a story/do an activity with us, we will organise a time that suits for you to showcase your talents!!

Pumpkin poem:

Pumpkin pumpkin, big and round,
I’m glad you grow upon the ground.
I’m glad you don’t grow in a tree –
for then you might fall down on me!

October 12th – 16th

This week we are continuing on with our Autumn theme and learning all about hibernation! We will be discussing which animals sleep through the winter in Ireland, why they do so (colder weather so it’s harder to find food), where they sleep, and the preparation they make for hibernation (increasing body fat, gathering food stores). We will be looking at the physical changes in animals when they hibernate (slower breathing, lower body temperature, slower heart beat), and then do a drama associated with hibernation, as well as some mindful colouring!

Scurry Squirrels (sung to tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star):

Scurry squirrels and don’t be slow.
Winters coming, Don’t you know?
Scamper, scamper all around.
Bury treasure in the ground.
Scurry Squirrels and don’t be slow.
Winters coming, don’t you know?

October 5th – 9th

This week we will be continuing with the topic of Autumn, and talking about leaves! It’s a wonderful time of year to observe the change of colour in the leaves all around and to see them falling on the ground. We will be examining and trying to identify different leaves, and will learn an Irish poem  about dancing leaves to accompany this topic. We will also have a lovely handprint leaf craft this week, and be planting bulbs, as well as practicing more yoga and mindfulness! Finally, we will be talking about the lengthening nights and shortening days, and doing an experiment to see how the sun shines on the earth so that on the opposite side of the earth to us it is always night time when     we have our day time, and vice versa.

The nature walk last week was a great success, with children, parents and staff alike enjoying the little trek down to the GAA field to gather items for the nature table – some children found bits of  trees almost as big as themselves and succeeded in carrying them back to the school! We’ve been delighted that the children have been bringing in leaves and other items for the nature table all week since!

It’s hard to believe October is here already, but it’s been a fantastic start to the school year!! The children have all settled in so well, and are happily working away in the classrooms in both individual and group activities. We are holding observation days in the morning classes at the moment, where family members  are invited to come in and observe the children at their work, to give an understanding of what they are  doing while at school (as we hear that some children are less communicative at home about what exactly they do than others!) Following this we will have parent teacher meetings, which is a great opportunity to meet up and review the observations, to discuss any questions there may be, and to have a chat about your children’s progression throughout the year in general and how you can be involved in that as much as possible. We value your input and will be inviting you to come in throughout the school year, whether to observe in the classroom, join in activities, or demonstrate/talk to the children about your own specialised skills! Also, please remember that if you ever have any issues or concerns, we are always here to talk to.