End of year for Infants

Hi everyone,

Can you believe it is almost the end of Term 3. Some of my followers maybe lucky enough to be finishing today or tomorrow.

Here are some nice end of year ideas for infants, some nice keepsakes too.

I am always taking lots of different photos throughout the year, photos in Aistear, photos from the school tour and I also like to take individual photos at the start of each term. Last year I used Windows Movie Maker and I create a video clip using photos of the year with songs we have covered during the year. I added it to the blog using Vimeo for the parents to see too. The children loved it, they really liked to sing along to the songs while looking at their photos. The video also showed how much they have grown during the year too.

At the end of the year I always chatted about what they wanted to be when they grew up. On their individual blackboards we wrote: When I grow up I want to be a …. and they completed the sentence if they could, if not I wrote it in for them. I then took a photo of them with their blackboard. It’s something to keep for 6th class graduation but also cute to send home.

I like to take photos at the start of each term, last year I made a pic collage of their photos from the start of each term and I also added their photo from the above idea. I printed them in A4 and laminated them and gave them to the class on the last day. The parents thought it was a lovely keepsake of their time in Junior or Senior Infants.

If you have any questions on the above post, please send me a PM.

A.M.

 

Prim-Ed Problem-Solving Cards Review

Have you ever worked on problem-solving in the class and when you ask a child how did they get that answer they reply ‘I just did!!’.

I try and encourage more discussion in my class for problem-solving so they can recognise language and strategies to use too. I have been using the Problem-Solving Strategies and Skills Cards from Prim-Ed with my Senior Classes over the last few weeks and we all have really enjoyed them.

There are 3 boxes in the series, Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry and Statistics and Chance. Each box contains 30 problem-solving cards, a process card, strategy cards and much needed answer cards. They are available from 1st class right up to 6th class. More information on the cards can be found here.

In my own class I let 5th and 6th work together and give each pair a card to solve, on one side there is a problem to solve but there is also extension activities on the other side for those who might solve the problems quicker. We started with 5th class cards initially, again the language was challenging but I explained that language like that on the cards would be used a lot more next year for 6th class.

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The children worked together to solve the problem, then we reported back to the class. We put the card under the visualiser for everyone to see and then used some ‘thinking time’ before the pair explained how they solved it. I also allowed some feedback and other solutions from the class before moving on to the next card.

I use ‘thinking time’ a lot in the classroom, I found the same children were putting their hand up and shouting out answers and for others they became reluctant to even try as they felt they wouldn’t be fast enough. through using thinking time it allowed all students time to think without shouting out or knowing others were already waving their hands at me. The more thinking time they got, the more hands went up at the end.

Overall I really liked using these cards, I intend to incorporate them into my daily routine next year. I particularly like the chance cards as this topic is often towards the end of the book, but through using the cards throughout the year the children will become more familiar with the language of chance before meeting the topic later in the year.

These cards encourage children to approach problem-solving in a variety of ways. Children also recognise specific language easier when they see it repeated in different cards. I think these cards are well worth the investment for your classroom and I look forward to using them more in September.

It you would like more information on any of these cards please send me a PM.

A.M.

Travel Agents – June

One of my favourite topics has to be the Travel Agents. It is also an ideal topic for this stage of the year.

The role play area can be transformed into the travel agents. I always ask parents for travel brochures which they may have at home. It is also important to have an atlas suitable for young children in the role play too. This creates an awareness of the world around us. The children love to book their holidays and this role play area allows for a lot of free writing tasks, filling in booking forms and writing about their holidays.

Small World can be many things, it can be the airport or it could be the hotel they are travelling to, the possibilities are endless. Similarly in construction the children can get the opportunity to build lots of different things. Sand can be the beach when you are on holidays, you also have the option to have a water play area too.

In Junk Art there are endless possibilities for Summer Art, painting where they are going on holidays or I like to make passports with the children too. There are endless possibilities.

Overall I love this theme. The children can discuss places they have visited or would like to go and it also gives you the opportunity to teach the children about famous landmarks around the world.

If you have any questions about this blog post please send me a PM.

A.M.

Sequencing Visual Texts – A Review

I recently attended a course with SESS on dyslexia and reading difficulties. One of the resources that attendees recommended were the Sequencing Visual Texts from Prim-Ed.

This is a series of 3 books all based for use in the infant classes. The books introduce sequential language at different levels across the three books. In Book 1 it begins with before and after, first and last, beginning middle and end and first next and last. While the stages can be introduced to children at their stage of readiness (ideal for the new language curriculum) there is also the option to develop reading further by using the captions at the back of the book. The images are ready to photocopy and can be laminated for use in the classroom, alternatively the children could cut and stick them into a copybook which would be useful for assessment. If working with individual students teachers might also get the chance to jot down the language the child uses in the copy also. The children could also use this as a homework activity which would guide the parents as to the importance of sequential language.

Book 2 and Book 3 build on this sequential language identifying the correct order for a series of pictures and arranging them from first to last and from beginning to end. Again there is the option of using captions to build on their reading skills. Book 3 has a stronger focus on using text and pictures developing the children’s knowledge of sight words and sequential language.

Having attended the course on dyslexia and identifying the importance of sequencing activities as a prerequisite for early literacy skills I would highly recommended these books for use in the infant classrooms. They link nicely with the new classroom as there is a set plan within the books as to teaching specific language for sequencing. Each books also contains suggested digital links and stories that are ideal for basic sequencing skills.

Further information about these books and how to order them can be found by clicking here. If you would like any more information on these books please send me a PM.

A.M.