October Aistear Update
During Aistear time in September, our Junior Infants learned all about our different Aistear stations which we’ll be playing in from October on. Some of the stations you might like to ask your child about are: Role Play, Small World, Construction, Play Doh and Sand. In each station, we talked about the best ways to play and Teacher modelled this with some volunteers from the class. We also learned the best ways to connect each station to our theme of the month.
October’s theme is Friends and Hobbies.
Our pretend area will be “The Playdate”. The boys have already learned lots of language that will help them play using this theme. Some of it includes: friend, sharing, days of the week, what time?, lunch, dinner, snack, toys, playroom, armchair, cushions, chair, sofa, television, games, jigsaw, doll, bike, iPad, teddy, tidy-up, mum, dad, family.
How to support your child’s Aistear learning at home:
- Be mindful of the new vocabulary your child is learning (see above) and try to use it at home.
- Invite one of your son’s friends over for a play date, making sure to include your son in the organising stage of this (i.e. practice making phone calls to organise the playdate)
- Ask your son how Aistear went each day.
Please come back and check our Aistear blog regularly as we’ll be adding photos of the boys having fun during Aistear time.
Our Aistear theme for June is Games. We will be focusing on the beach and seaside also.
The vocabulary your child will be learning will include:
rock pool, shells, crab, starfish, fish, lighthouse, pebbles, seagull, beach, kite, windbreak, bat and ball, kite, yacht, boat, ship, life belt, ice cream, toy boat, shorts, beach ball, frisbee, ice cream van, umbrella, shorts, ice lollies, t shirt, sunglasses, pier, sea, sun.
We are so lucky to live near beaches in Portrane and Donabate so if you can squeeze in a couple of trips over the next few weeks and get your child to point out all of the things he can name. Our pretend area will be the beach…we’ll provide the “sand” and “sea” if you can send in sunglasses, sun hats and some beach props for your son to use!
If you have any story books at home based on beach or seaside themes, please send them in and we promise we’ll send them home before the month is over.
Our Aistear activities will also include lots of writing opportunities (writing holiday postcards, writing passport info, picnic shopping lists, reading and matching games, Small Worlds (shoe boxes with mini- beaches inside!), lego, play doh and of course, water and sand play.
Please keep your eyes peeled on our website as we’ll be uploading photos of the boys having fun “in the sun” (our role play corner!) over the coming weeks.
We’d also like to take this opportunity to thank you for reading our blog and getting involved at home with our Aistear theme. We’ve really enjoyed implementing the programme this year.
We almost forgot to thank all of our very helpful Aistear speakers. They are members of our community and gave generously of their time to add to our Junior Infants’ learning each month. We’d like to thank Sean Nolan of Nolan and Fahy Estate Agents in particular. He organised a colouring competition for the boys after he visited the school and he brought ice lollies down for everyone! If you would like to see the entries, they can be seen in the estate agent’s window in Donabate village.
Ms Donohoe and Ms Corr
Our May theme for Aistear is Houses and Homes. Our Junior Infants are beginning to explore our new pretend area, which this month, is the Estate Agent’s.
In the pretend area, the children will have a chance to act as estate agents,
interviewing clients, taking down their property requirements and personal details etc. They will also act as clients who will pretend to be seeking properties to buy. They will be choosing what type of property they are looking for and where they want it to be.
Our other Aistear stations will include Writing Stations where the children will trace and copy property advertisements, Creative Area, where they will depict houses using different media and Construction where they will build houses out of various materials.
The vocabulary we are learning includes: flats, houses, apartment, bungalow, detached, semi-detached, terraced, cottage, farm house, garden, for sale, for let, sold, garage, kitchen, bedroom, living room, estate agent, property etc.
If you and your family get a chance, a trip to the estate agent’s (or maybe a chat over the property section of the newspaper!) would consolidate your son’s learning. If you have any story books at home pertaining to this theme, please send them in so the boys can have a look. We’ll send them back home when we’re finished.
We will hopefully have a special visitor so make sure you keep an eye out here to see pics!
Our April theme is Size. Both classes have set up their role play areas – The Post Office!
Here the customers can buy lots of stamps, post their letters in the post box (made in class using recycled materials) and send parcels of many sizes. The staff in the Post Office will have a busy time this month, ensuring everybody can fill out and send their Passport Applications, TV Licence and Dog Licence forms.
Other Aistear stations include sorting activities (by size), designing our own stamps, cutting, colouring and supplying the Post Office with stamps, writing and sending postcards and letters, addressing envelopes and small world.
The vocabulary we are concentrating on includes: post office, sticky tape / sellotape, string, parcel, post van, rubber stamper, letters, postcards, stamps, envelopes, paper clips, scales, parcel worker, letter sack.
We would be most grateful if parents could send in the following: used/ unused envelopes of many different sizes, old stamps, empty toilet rolls.
In our writing station, the boys will be encouraged to write their own address. We would be grateful if this could be pre-taught orally at home so that the boys know their house number, street name.
If you and your family get a chance, a trip to the local post office would be helpful in consolidating our theme. We will have our April visitor soon – Watch this space!
This month, the Junior Infants’ Aistear theme is Food!
The pretend area will be a restaurant and a kitchen with a dish-washing area. The boys will be in role as restaurant staff and customers. If you and your family happen to be eating out during the month, make sure to point out all the things we associate with restaurants to your child e.g. till, table, buffet, kitchen, waiting area, table number, condiments, waiter, waitress etc.
Other Aistear stations will include a writing table, making play doh meals, Small World restaurant/ kitchen, colouring and drawing favourite meals, constructing/ designing restaurants using blocks/duplo and lego.
There will be lots and lots of activities to engage your son’s learning this month.
The following are only some examples:
- Reading menus
- Taking orders
- Reading orders
- Recognising table numbers
- Writing menus
- Writing orders
It’s Snack Time!
Keep up the great work at home!
We were extremely lucky this month to have a real life chef come to speak to our Junior Infants. Murat, who some of you may know, runs Pasta Costello’s answered lots of interesting questions about working in an Italian restaurant. He compared our Italian restaurant menus to Pasta Costello’s and said they are quite similar! J
Some of the questions the boys asked included:
- How do you make pizza dough?
- How do you know how much food to make each evening?
- What’s your job in the restaurant?
- How do you get people to come to your restaurant?
This month, the Junior Infants’ Aistear theme is Transport.
Our role play area is a train station where the boys are pretending to sell and check tickets as well as being passengers and mechanics. Other Aistear stations include cutting and pasting pictures of different modes of transport, constructing trains and aeroplanes from Mobilo, Duplo, blocks and playdoh and playing Small World using the train sets.
The vocabulary we are concentrating on includes:
Platform, steam engine, carriage, luggage, train, track, escalators, signal box, clock, guard, tickets, signal.
If you and your family get a chance, a trip to a train station would be great to consolidate what the boys arelearning in school. If you can take photos and email them to us, we can get the boys to report on their trip to the class.
We were very lucky to have a special visitor to speak to the boys on Monday 6th February. One of our Junior Infant’s dad is a pilot who works with City Jet and he answered lots of the boys’ questions about air travel and aeroplanes. Even the staff learned lots!