Today (Monday) we were very excited to have an exciting drumming workshop. We enjoyed trying out lots of different instruments including a variety of drums, bells, tambourines, woodblocks to name but a few! We played loudly and softly and learned how that a rhythm is like a pattern which is played over and over. Junior Infants had a ball! A big thank you to Neil and to the Parents' Association for funding this.
There is a fantastic and fun programme available online ideal for Junior Infants called "Teach your Monster to Read." We have had a brief look at it in school.
I am sending home login details for your son/daughter tomorrow (Monday). This is the perfect tool to help them improve their confidence with their sounds and to reinforce our sounds covered to date. I am then able to view each child's account to see how they are getting on.
Parent-teacher meeting times were sent out in children's schoolbags on Thursday 12th January. They will be taking place over the 25th and 26th January and will take no more than ten minutes.
Let me know if this time doesn't suit and I will do my best to find a time which works!
Junior Infants have now completed sets 1-4 of their sounds. They are beginning to get more tricky as we learn our vowel diagraphs (e.g 'ai' 'oa' etc.) which are easily confused. Here are revision videos of sets 3 and 4:
As the sounds begin to get more difficult, it is important to ensure that they are revised each Monday and Wednesday. It is useful to re-read the word lists regularly, as this will help children to become quicker and more fluent at reading simple words.
At the back of your child's hardback sounds book, you will find the first three "tricky words" pasted in - I, the, he. Tricky words cannot be sounded out or spelled correctly by listening for the sounds in them. They need to be learned from memory. Games such as pairs, bingo, flashcards etc are useful in helping children to remember them. Probably the simplest and most efficient way is encouraging children to identify them in story books - finding them in the title or throughout the book.
Reading and writing the tricky words is our next step towards learning to read books
Welcome to Junior Infants!