24th – 28th January

It’s all about Art Appreciation this week at The Children’s House!! The children will be learning about 2 abstract artists: Jackson Pollock who pioneered the “drip technique” of splashing paint onto horiontal canvases in a manner which was called “action painting”, & Wassily Kandinsky who used colours & geometric shapes in many of his paintings. They will be experimenting with different methods of painting & shape-making, looking at the colour wheel & colour mixing, painting to music, thinking about whether different types of music reminds them of different colours, & much more!! Any art at this stage is all about the process & the enjoyment that brings, not the end product!

The Colours Song (tune of: If You’re Happy & You Know It)

If your clothes have any red, any red,
If your clothes have any red, any red,
If your clothes have any red,
Put your finger on your head….
If your clothes have any red, any red!

Blue – finger on your shoe
Yellow – smile like a happy fellow
Brown – turn your smile into a frown
Black – pat yourself upon the back
White – give yourself a hug with all your might!

17th – 21st January

Our theme this week at The Children’s House is road safety – & a very topical one considering the road works going on at the moment in Sallins!! We will be talking about the importance of road safety & the things we do to be careful around traffic, e.g. stop, look & listen before crossing the road, holding an adult’s hand, wearing hi-vis jackets…we will be discussing what the different coloured traffic lights mean, playing games using coloured sticks, safe/unsafe cards, and at the end of the week we will be putting our safety strategies into practice while we go on a walk to the GAA pitch!

Traffic Light (tune of: Twinkle twinkle)

Twinkle, twinkle, traffic light,
Round the corner shining bright.
Red means stop, green means go,
Yellow means go very slow….
Twinkle, twinkle, traffic light,
Round the corner shining bright.

10th – 14th January

We will be learning all about our health, & the importance of keeping healthy habits this week at The Children’s House! There will be great discussions about why we, for example, brush our teeth or wash our hands, and the importance of eating healthy foods & exercising to look after our bodies. The children will also be doing some meditation with us, as looking after our mental health is just as important as our physical health, & developing healthy habits in that area from an early age is so important. And of course we will be doing lots of fun physical movement, stretching & exercises – I just hope we can keep up with the children!!

Keep Healthy

You need to drink water,
You need to eat well too,
You need to play & do exercise –
It’s good for you!

Come on everyone,
Keep healthy, keep healthy,
Come on everyone, keep healthy!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8xu8qNXb51M

4th – 7th January

Happy New Year everyone!! We hope you all had a lovely break, & wish you a happy & healthy 2022!

This week at The Children’s House we will be talking all about the New Year & new month of January, & catching up with the children’s news from Christmas! We will be doing New Year firework art, practising mindfulness, & on Friday we will have a celebration of the New Year, so if your children would like to come in wearing fancy dress please feel free to encourage them!! It’s great to be back ✨💕

Months of The Year Song 

January, February, March & April,
May, June, July & August,
September, October, November & December –
Now we know the months of the year!

13th – 17th December

It’s our last week of school for 2021 in The Children’s House, and it’s going to be such a fun-filled, Christmassy one!! We will be doing Christmas songs with the children & lots of messy art, we will be making Reindeer food & having a Christmas party on Friday, and on Wednesday we will be having a VERY SPECIAL visitor…..HO HO HO!!!!!

We are closing for Christmas holidays on Friday 17th December, and re-opening on Tuesday 4th January; we would like to wish you all a wonderful Christmas, and every happiness for 2022 – we’re looking forward to seeing you all in the New Year and having a fantastic 6 months with your beautiful children!!

***Please note that we’re asking the children to bring in €1 each if possible, as we’re making a donation to Barnardos Ireland this Christmas***

We Wish you a Merry Christmas

We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
We wish you a merry Christmas,
And a happy new year!
Good tidings we bring,
To you and your kin –
We wish you a merry Christmas,
And a happy new year!

6th – 10th December

Welcome to Kindness Week in The Children’s House!! We will be talking about the importance of kindness – such an important trait to encourage in people at all times! – & the importance of being kind & sharing with others, especially those who are less fortunate than ourselves. The children will be asked what being kind looks like & what it means to them, & among other activities they will be making decorations to give to someone that they care about, & playing the kindness game – giving a compliment to the person sitting beside them!

We will be asking each child to bring in €1 to school, as every year we talk about how much we have to be thankful for and then give a gift to charity, and this year we will again be making a donation to Barnardos Children’s Charity to support vulnerable children in Ireland this Christmas – thank you so much!

The Manners Song (tune: Twinkle twinkle)

We say thank you, we say please,
We don’t interrupt or tease.
We don’t argue, we don’t fuss,
We listen when our friends talk to us.
We share our toys & take our turn,
Manners are so good to learn!

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!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_2KN8OGgyY

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!

Migration

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!