CHILDREN'S HOUSE BLOG

this week

21st – 24th June

It’s hard to believe it’s the last full week of our school year!!! We’re going to have fun-filled week as it’s Sports Week ⛹️⚽️ The children will be playing musical statues, making obstacle courses, doing mindfulness & all sorts of different activities before our big day on Friday, when we have our Big Toddle for Barnardos down at the GAA pitch (weather permitting ) & also our Sports Day – we’ll have hurdles, agility ladders, sack races, bean bag throwing….you name it!!
We will also be making Worry Dolls, which is a tradition that we do every year with the children; these are a traditional Guatemalan peg doll that the children can confide their worries in and the dolls are meant to take the worries away. We always reiterate to the children that they should always tell their parents/guardians/teachers about their worries, but if for instance they are awake in the middle of the night and need a bit of comfort, the worry dolls are a lovely support ❤️❤️

14th – 18th June

Good morning everyone!! Welcome to another week at the Children’s House. This is a very special week as we will be celebrating the special men in our lives – dads, grandads, uncles, friends etc. The children will be making cards and baking Rice Krispie buns to treat those special men in their lives❤️❤️ We are also holding our annual Pyjama day on Wednesday the 16th, we will all be in our favorite PJs and drinking hot chocolate!!
 
Song of the week:
This is the way we take a bath, take a bath, take a bath,
This is the way we take a bath, we do it every evening!
This is the way we put on our pyjamas, put on our pyjamas,
put on our pyjamas,
This is the way we put on our pyjamas
We do it every evening!
This is the way we brush our teeth, brush our teeth, brush our teeth,
This is the way we brush our teeth, we do it every evening!
This is the way we read our book, read our book, read our book,
This is the way we read our book, we read it every evening!

8th – 11th June

Hello everyone, we hope you all had a wonderful bank holiday weekend!! This week the children will be continuing with their ‘All About Me’ books where they will talk about their favourite instruments, songs, play their favourite instruments and listen to their favourite songs. They will discuss and do activities around what they want to be when they grow up, & the best thing about them. We will be having a teddy bears picnic on Friday so favourite teddy bears are welcome ☀❤️
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,

knees and toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
knees and toes
And eyes and ears and mouth
and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
knees and toes!

31st May – 4th June

Hello everyone, welcome to another exciting week, we hope you had a wonderful weekend in the beautiful sunshine!! ☀️☀️☀️ This week the children will be working on their all about me books – they will find out how tall they are using the large number rods, they will have the opportunity to choose their favorite continent & animal and draw it, they will discuss why they love their family❤️, who their friends are, and what they like to do with them. Then there will be the opportunity for the children to get messy while painting their hands and feet to make handprints and footprints! With the aid of emotions cards, the children will talk about what makes them happy and sad, and of course there will be lots of picnics & outdoor time in the sunshine!!
All of Me
My hands are for clapping,
My arms can hug tight,
My fingers can snap or turn out the light.
My legs are for jumping,
My eyes help me see,
This is my body –
and I love all of me!

24th – 28th May

Welcome to the final leg of our journey around the globe. This week the children are off to the warmer climes of Australia where they will explore different animals , discuss why kangaroos have pouches & experience kangaroo baby pouches using a baby wrap, and doll. They will learn about its geographical location using the globe and map & some fun facts about Australia’s Indigenous arts and culture and create their own boomerang. There will also be a water cycle science experiment ☔️
Follow the Animals
The emu runs
The kangaroo jumps
Koalas climb the trees.
The crocodile snaps
The platypus swims
The kookaburra laughs at me.
We are on our way to Uluru
In the Aussie outback
We will be there soon
Jumping, swimming, climbing the tree
Follow the animals 1,2,3
Follow the animals 1,2,3!

17th – 21st May

Welcome to another exciting week at The Children’s House! This week as part of our continents project the children are off to Antarctica – the coldest continent on Earth – where they will study its geographic location using a globe and map
They will explore the landmarks and animals that inhabit this icy continent such as penguins The children will also learn about the Life cycle of the emperor penguin & learn the CBeebies Antarctica dance! There will be colouring, cutting and gluing art activities ️❄️

I’m a Little Penguin (Tune of I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little penguin,
Black and white.
I waddle to the left,
And I waddle to the right.
When I’m feeling hungry,
Splash and splish,
I jump in the water,
And catch a fish!

 

10th – 14th May

Hi everyone, we have a very exciting week ahead with our globetrotting project! This week the children will be learning about Africa, where they will explore some of the animals that live in the African plains on their sandbox Safari. They will explore landmarks such as Table Mountain, the Nile River, Timbuktu, the Great Pyramid of Giza, Mount Kilamanjaro & the Avenue of Baobabs. There will be the opportunity to listen to some African safari music and some wonderful stories such as ‘Mouse Tales – Tutankamouse’.
The children will also design and create colourful African necklaces using mixed media. Feel free to send in pictures, artefacts, or information if you or anyone you know has been there.
The Seven Continents Poem
North America, South America joined in the west,
Europe and Asia meet together,
And on Africa, they rest.
Australia stands alone, floating down below,
And Antarctica is the loneliest, where no one wants to go!

4th – 7th May

Happy month of May everyone!! We hope you all had a lovely long weekend – the months are passing by so quickly now, & we’re celebrating the start of May by having a little Maypole out the back that the children can walk around with their crepe paper ribbons! This week we’re continuing our continents project & looking at the biggest continent, Asia. The children will once again make their own map of Asia including landmarks & animals, & they will be learning how to say ‘hello’ & ‘goodbye’ in Japanese & Chinese.

We will also be talking about the Olympic Games which will be held in Tokyo, Japan this summer. The children will then have a ‘mini Olympics’ on Friday in school, with all sorts of sporting events like the long jump – it promises to be a fun week!

Olympic Oath (for children):

I promise to participate in the games
And to give it my all

Winning or losing is not important
Remembering to have fun is!

Opening Hymn:

Let’s go Olympians, let’s go!

Let’s go Olympians, let’s go!

Let’s go Olympians, let’s go!

26th – 30th April

This week the children will be busy exploring the continent of Europe where they will learn how to say hello in some different European languages! They will study where it is geographically on the globe and map, as well as looking at European animals & and monuments in different countries. There will be music-making with instruments from European countries and we will be listening to music. Don’t forget to send in any traditions, poems, songs, or information from your home countries as this brings the continents to life for the children!
Saying Hello to our friends around Europe
In Ireland, we say ‘Dia Dhuit’
In England, it’s ‘Hello’
In Poland we say ‘Czesc’
and in Serbia we say ‘Zdravo’!
In France they say ‘Bonjour’
In Spain it’s ‘Hola’
and in Germany we say ‘Halo’!

 

19th – 23rd April

Welcome to another week at the children’s house!! The children have all settled back in really well after the Easter Holidays, it’s great to see them enjoying their group project and having fun with their friends. This week we are moving on to the colourful continent of South America where the children will examine where it is situated on the globe and map. They will explore some of the landmarks, animals, and the Amazon rainforest and its layers.
On the creative side, there will be arts and crafts activities such as tracing the South American Map and making some Rio Carnival headdresses and music and movement relating to South American musical instruments and music. If anyone would like to share any experiences of South America this week please feel free to send it in to the girls, they will be delighted!
The Seven Continents Poem
North America, South America joined in the west,
Europe and Asia meet together and on Africa, they rest.
Australia stands alone, floating down below,
And Antarctica is the loneliest, where no one wants to go!