29th November – 3rd December

It’s hard to believe that December is here already later this week!!! We will be saying goodbye to November & learning about our new month December & the continuing effects of Winter! We will start to talk about Christmas this week, & will be hearing from the children on how they celebrate the occasion at home with their families – to this end, we are asking you to write down briefly how you celebrate Christmas, & maybe your child can draw a picture to go with it, & then we will be talking about all our different celebrations on Friday at circle time!

As well as this, we will be doing some fun activities, on Tuesday the ‘Christmas car wash’ – the children will be playing a game pretending to help Santa get ready for Christmas by washing all his vehicles which will be covered in shaving foam (pretend snow!) using spray bottles, & then on Wednesday they will be doing a ‘snow drive’ – the vehicles will drive through white paint onto black paper – lots of messy fun ahead! We will also be continuing to practise Christmas songs with the children outside in the garden.

Jingle Bells

Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Oh what fun it is to ride on a one horse open sleigh – hey!
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way,
Oh what fun it is to ride in a one horse open sleigh!

22nd – 26th November

It’s our last full week in November, unbelievably, & it’s also College Awareness Week! So this week we are asking the children to bring in photos of their parents/siblings/grandparents at graduation time, from primary, secondary or third level education – we will be adding these to our wall as part of celebrating lifelong learning with the children, who are at the very start of their learning journey!!

Ceann, lámha, glúine, cos

Ceann, lámha, glúine, cos,                      (Head, hands, knees, foot)
Ceann, lámha, glúine, cos,                      (Head, hands, knees, foot)
Agus súile, cluasa, béal agus srón,        (And eyes, ears, mouth and nose)
Ceann, lámha, glúine, cos!                      (Head, hands, knees, foot)

Bualadh Bos (Jingle Bells in Irish)

Bualadh bos, bualadh bos,            (clap hands, clap hands)
Bualadh bos go léir,                        (everyone clap hands)
Tá San Nioclás ag teacht anois,    (Santa Claus is coming now)
Anuas an simléar;                             (down the chimney)
Bualadh bos, bualadh bos,            (clap hands, clap hands)
Bualadh bos go léir,                        (everyone clap hands)
Tá San Nioclás ag teacht anois,    (Santa Claus is coming now)
Anuas an simléar!                             (down the chimney!)

15th – 19th November

We will be learning all about our galaxy The Milky Way, & our solar system this week at The Children’s House! This is continuing on our group project after doing our Big Bang experiment a few weeks ago, and focussing on the part of the universe where we have our home, trying to give the children bit of an idea of the enormity of the universe & how tiny the earth is in it – hard to get your head around even as an adult! The children will be doing solar system art, and at the end of the week, planets hopscotch – another fun week of learning ahead!!

Solar System

There are 8 planets in our solar system,
We all revolve around the sun.
Join us to learn about the different planets,
Sing along & have some fun!


8th – 12th November

It’s all about migration this week at The Children’s House! We will be talking about the reasons why animals migrate at winter time (e.g. seasonal/weather changes, to find better living or breeding conditions, to access food easier), & specifically looking at certain animals that migrate to & from Ireland such as swallows, martins, swifts etc who go south to Africa for warmer weather in the winter, while geese & swans arrive here from northern latitudes like Iceland, Greenland & Canada as we are 1 of the most northerly countries in the world where the soil & water doesn’t freeze in winter time for long periods of time. The children will be making a bird crafts during the week, looking at the globes to see how far some animals travel, & talking about their own favourite animals!


In wintertime, many an animal moves,
To a warmer place til the weather improves.
This yearly change of one’s location,
Is known as seasonal migration!

1st – 5th November

Welcome back after the midterm, we hope you all had a wonderful Halloween! It’s hard to believe it’s November already, & winter is definitely starting to set in, so we’ll be talking about the change of month & season this week with the children, as well as Diwali, the festival of lights which originated in India, which starts this Thursday 4th November. This is a wonderful occasion which celebrates the triumph of good over evil, and light over darkness; we will be learning about all the different preparations and rituals that are practised at this time, & the children will be making Diwali candles with paper plates & crepe paper.

Cloudy Day

I see clouds, they look so puffy,
Big & little, light & fluffy.
Clouds block the sun, they bring the shade,
Look really closely, see what pictures are made!
I really don’t mind a cloudy day,
But look out – rain could be on the way!