Homeschooling Latest Resources

We hope these resources are of use in your “home schooling” experience! We will continue to look at ways that we can support you and your child as the current closure continues. Stay safe everyone

 

Educational Sites

 

Minister Zappone launches suite of resources for children and parents Apr 2020

 

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Dr. Katherine Zappone has today launched a range of supports for children and parents to support them during this challenging time.

Parents Centre is an online portal on Gov.ie and contains information for parents and provides links to a wide range of trusted and high quality online resources including learning, parenting and information on supports that are available.

Let’s Play Ireland is an online portal on Gov.ie, providing access to a range of play resources for children.

 

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Parents Centre

 Resources for parents during COVID-19 measures
 
 
 
 
Parents Centre is an online portal on Gov.ie. During the COVID-19 measures, parents are managing a range of new challenges in a number of areas of life.The Parents Centre is a central information point where parents can get high-quality, trusted information and support.The Parents Centre will be updated as new information becomes available.

-click here for the parents centre

 

Let’s Play Ireland

 

Lets Play Ireland is an online  portal on gov.ie providing access to a range of play resources for children. Let’s Play Ireland is a government-led initiative aimed at promoting play for all children living in Ireland during the COVID-19 emergency.Playing is central to children’s physical, mental, social and emotional health and wellbeing.Children learn through play while developing resilience, flexibility and understanding of their world. Play in families enriches childhood. All children and young people have a right to play. Play has never been more important, but during this time please follow the HSE advice on physical distancing and washing your hands.

-click here for Lets Play

Curriculum Focused Resources 

Please click here for Mrs. Fosters Padlet  A Padlet of Educational Resources and Sites. A Padlet is an application to create an online bulletin board that can be used to display information for any topic. This Padlet has been created with all classes and subjects of the primary school in mind. There are also boards for Special Educational needs, Occupational Therapy, Speech and language Therapy as well as emotional/ wellbeing and mindfulness. This is a changing resource as it is upgraded and added to regularly. It is best to open this resource on an ipad or computer as it is a very large resource. Swipe across to see all boards and scroll down each one for full list.

Virtual Classroom

R.T.E. school hub will be available from Monday 30th March at 11 am.

#RTEHomeSchool launches this Monday! A daily, scheduled virtual classroom for all primary school kids. Watch it weekdays on #RTE2 from 11am, anytime on the @RTEPlayer and get all the resources at https://t.co/KSUgxxlRAu

— RTÉ2 (@RTE2) March 26, 2020

 

Cúla4 ar Scoil – a new programme to cater for primary school children who attend Gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht schools starts soon on TG4.TG4 is delighted to announce that a new programme, Cúla4 ar Scoil will commence on Monday 20 April 2020, broadcasting on weekdays at 10a.m. All schools are currently closed under Covid-19 restrictions. This programme will cater for primary school children who attend Gaelscoileanna and Gaeltacht schools.

 

 

English

J.K. Rowling author of the Harry Potter series has released a childrens book online which will be released in weekly installments. -click here to be brought to The Ickabog website by J.R. Rowlings 

 Harry Potter website -they have a section Harry Potter at Home, where they have put up lots of activities for Harry Potter fans to keep them busy during lock down! They have also started uploading videos of the actors, who were in either the play or films, reading chapters of the first book!  You would have to sign up to the website.
 

The Lismore Towers and Tales Story Festival cannot take place this year but is available online. Towers and Tales is a celebration of contemporary children’s literature and illustration.

WE ARE LIVE!! Come visit us at http://www.towersandtales.ie/watch-us-online-1 , featuring RJ Palacio, Fatti Burke, Shane Hegarty and Muireann Ni CHiobhain. Check out our incredible Book Gifting programme where you can donate books and author experiences to children that need them, and indulge your own artistic genius with activities from Oisin McGann, Tarsila Kruse, Olivia Golden and more! Fantastic resources on this site !

Pbsbkids.org has wonderful readers with interactive reading games suitable for junior infants- 1st class.

Teach your monster to read offers great reading and phonics for younger kids. Create a monster and take it on an adventure through a magical world. Travel to exciting places, meet fun characters, play games and win prizes as your monster learns the first steps of reading. A brilliant site!

Edco – The Educational Company of Ireland! Very helpful resources. Login using the details below for a range of books etc. for all students.

Scholastic   free home learning packs

Lego challenge  on daily virtual challenges for kids on facebook with an option of uploading photos of your creations!

borrowbox or get the borrowbox app  Borrowbox has lots of free ebooks and eAudiobooks. Download and listen now!

Twinkl is a very useful website offering free one month trial during current crisis

For our tech enthusiasts: A great online resource that can help you to learn the basics of coding is Blocky Games  Completely free, it teaches coding in an incremental, fun way. I would suggest starting with the “Maze” activity.

Gill Education have opened up access on gillexplore.ie to all their  pupil resources from junior infants to 6th class on their “Over the moon ” complete primary english language programme.

Folens are offering  a great Phonics activity you can do at home with your children… Sounds Make Words – Senior Infants – Sound Practice Flashcards

David Walliams , author reads one of his books daily.

The UK’s best selling author David Walliams is sharing audio stories every day at 11am for the next 30 days.

‘Elevenses’ feature David Walliams reading a short story every day from his book ‘The World’s Worst Children’, featuring characters from Dribbling Drew – a boy whose drool gets him into terrible trouble – to Sofia Sofa – a TV super-fan so stuck to the sofa that she’s turning into one!

 PhonicsPlay website  – This has a large number of fun online games which practice letter sounds. Because of the current situation, they have given free access to their site. The user name is march20 and the password is home.

The Great Isolation Activity book free to download and print below

Maths

Topmarks brainteasers -Brainteasers and problem solving on

Topmarks Daily 10 brainteasers

Cool maths brainteasers

Maths week Ireland has great free resources to encourage the  learning of maths and the development of problem solving strategies. Junior Infants- 6th class

Physical Activity

10 @ 10 on. Press download on each activity  RTÉjrJoe Wicks on YouTube
Cosmic Kids Yoga on YouTube
GoNoodle.com

Super Troopers Stay at Home Live Series This month in homes all across Ireland, families are being invited to take part in the Super Troopers STay at Home series. Here at Super Troopers with Laya Healthcare, we are doing all that we can to ensure that you are keeping active and healthy while spending time at home with your families.

Beyond the Classroom resources can be used by teachers to help engage parents in their child’s physical literacy journey. Learning undertaken within physical education class can be consolidated and enhanced outside of school through the use of these resources.

S.E.S.E.

Dublin Zoo live webcams

Dublin Zoo Free Workbooks available to download. One available each weekday

Mindfulness

At Home with weaving Well being- A mental well being  journal for kids 

Music

Get full access to DabbledooMusic resources, songs and videos in your home!

Parents Subscription – Full Access *FREE for Parents and Teachers*

Creativity

The brickx club lego site on facebook has daily lego challenges for kids

Motor Skills

My O.T. and me – Develop childrens motor skills

Phonological Awareness

Hear Builder for helping childrens phonological awareness, sequencing, following directions and auditory memory

Gaeilge

Anseo, i Scoil Náisiúnta Currach Eanach, bhí sár obair á dhéanamh againn ó thaobh úsáid na cúpla focal Gaeilge de, sa bhaile agus ar scoil. Dá mba rud é go bhfuil fonn ort leanúint leis an obair iontach sinn, cliceáil ar na nasc seo a leanas. Tá ranganna teagaisc le fáil ann. Tá súil agam go mbeidh siad cabhrach daoibh.

At Crehana, we had been making great efforts at using our few Irish words, at home and at school. If you’d like to continue that wonderful work, click on the following links. They will take you to a few tutorials. I hope you find them helpful.

Éadaí / clothes

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Timpeall an Tí, cuid 1 / Around the house, part 1
-click here

Obair Bhaile (cuid 1) – Doing Homework

-click here

 

TG4 – Cula 4  also offer an educational and fun children’s section to their website which includes cartoons, games and competitions both in English and Irish

Gealoideachas plan of the week for gaeilge on Facebook. Comortas -competition on Wednesday. Scannan- film on Friday

Seidean Si – Tá raon áiseanna agus gníomhaíochtaí digiteacha ar fáil ar an suíomh seo atá bunaithe ar a bhfuil ar fáil cheana sa chlár clóite agus ar forbairt iad ar ghnéithe ar leith den chlár sin. Digital activities in Irish available on this site.

Leighleat- Bunaíodh an suíomh idirlín i 2014 agus tá sé ag fás agus ag forbairt ó shin. An aidhm atá leis an suíomh seo ná achmainní digiteacha a chur ar fáil do mhúinteoirí  bunscoile chun tacú leo le múineadh na Gaeilge. Mar aon leis seo, is áis é a thugann tacaíocht do pháistí agus a dtuismitheoirí  agus  iad ag cleachtadh na Gaeilge sa bhaile trí éisteacht  le scéalta, dánta agus ceachtanna taitneamhacha. A great interactive Irish language resource with stories, poems and enjoyable activities. A fantastic resource for parents and children at this time.

Bainigí sult agus tairbhe as!

Fun Challenges

Daily virtual challenges for kids is a great site on facebook with fun challenges for kids.

Religion

growinlove.ie  

free access to grow in love resources. Login on the growinlove.ie website using the following details –  Email : trial@growinlove.ie  Password: growinlove

Educational Apps

 

Gaeilge

 

Duolingo You can practice with fun lessons that will leave you eager to learn more, and develop reading, writing, speaking, listening, and conversation skills along the way! It feels like a game and makes sure you stay motivated. You can practice for as little as 5 minutes every day and see improvements.

Cúla Caint This lovely Irish language app sounds out or displays words in Irish when the user touches any given image. Cúla Caint 2 and 3 are also available, with an extended vocabulary. (IOS, Android)

Caoga caoga (Fifty-Fifty), a fun Irish language learning game where players of all ages learn vocabulary by associating words with descriptive images. Information on their mobile app for android and iPhone.

Cula 4 This is a free app from TG4, which is designed to cater for younger viewers. Explore, learn and be entertained with the Irish language content. The shows on it are updated regularly for all ages to enjoy.

An Teach Mór Learn the basics of Irish language in the home, the app allows the user to explore 7 rooms in a virtual house, each room contains tasks and fun challenges, this early version of the game features only 2 levels. By using a drag and drop approach to learning the user gets to experience the voice of a fluent speaker help guide them figure out puzzles.

An Chraic With 16 topics, 70 themes, and 800 phrases, supports learning of Irish in 5th/6th class, and beyond. It gives good examples of suitable phrases with clear audio too.

Briathra na Gaeilge This is a fun way To learn and engage with the Irish language. It has detailed information on 500 verbs and translations. It has examples of how they should be used in sentences. It also has interactive tests to challenge your knowledge on what you’ve learned.

Saibhreas na Gaeilge This app has a substantial collection of Irish phrases, proverbs and vocabulary which is invaluable to an Irish language learner.

Mo Chéad Fhocail This is an early learning app which will delight and encourage young children as they learn their first Irish words, using a combination of superb, colourful photographs, simple word labels and friendly narration.

TG4 This app allows you to view TG4 live or catch up on content for 35 days after broadcast. Most programmes carry optional English language subtitles, and some offer Irish language subtitles.

Irish Grammar This app is great for pupils in the senior classes. You can learn grammar rules section by section and then test yourself at the end. It’s like having all the grammar rules at your finger tips!

Collins Irish Pocket Dictionary With 47,000 references and 69,500 translations provides excellent coverage of both languages and their usage today.

Teanglann.ie Through this fantastic app, you can download up to 3 Irish language dictionaries plus grammar and sound files for Irish words.

New English Irish Dictionary This contemporary, authoritative dictionary is suitable for people of all ages and ranges of ability, from beginners to fluent speakers

Get the Focal This free Irish translator is a two way Irish-English, English-Irish Translator with a database of over 13,000 words and terms which live in your pocket.

ENGLISH

 

Nessy apps – Have fun learning the alphabet, phonics, sight words, syllable division and more with Nessy

 

Book Creator can be used to make your own book. Available on iPad

Jolly Phonics Lessons – Using the familiar Jolly Phonics sound groups, the app has an action, sound audio, and formation section for each sound, followed by word bank and questions. A really good way to complement Jolly Phonics being taught in Junior Infants, and it’s free. (IOS, Android)

Kiddoland offers Nursery rhymes and educational apps for young children

Starfall ABCs – Children delight as they see, hear, and interact with letters and sounds in words, sentences, and games. They learn to recognize letters while developing the skills they need to become confident readers. All children, especially English language learners, benefit . Available on iphone/ iPad

Teach your monster to read covers everything from letters and sounds to reading full sentences. Available on iphone and ipad

Borrowbox app has lots of free eBooks and eAudiobooks to  borrow and download!

HANDWRITING 

Dexteria app turns your iOS device into a therapeutic tool that improves fine motor skills and handwriting readiness in children and adults. Dexteria’s unique hand and finger activities take full advantage of the iOS multi-touch screen to help build strength, control, and dexterity.

Writing Wizard is designed to help every child learn how to trace letters, numbers and words through a fun system carefully designed to maintain motivation.Show and enforce how to trace letters correctly. 10 Fonts available (including a UK font). Fun tracing using 50+ animated stickers, sound effects and interactive games that animate letters at the end of tracing

MATHS

Mathland app offers reinforcement for the main mathematical operations—addition, subtraction, multiplication, sorting from higher to lower, division, and negative numbers

Mathletics app is a student’s best companion tool for Mathletics – the world’s leading online mathematics program. suitable for all ages and downloadable for iOS and android devices

IXL  maths app is tailor-made for tablets and phones, with a fun, immersive experience for learners of all levels. This mobile app offers practise of thousands of skills anywhere, anytime. You never know where your learning will take you!

Cool maths games app- If you love CoolmathGames.com, you’ll love this app – hundreds of  games made especially for mobile. It’s all FREE, and new games are added every week! These games are fun + smart – they’re super fun to play, but also require a lot of thinking, strategy and logic. Available on iPhone and iPad

MUSIC

Tock and roll  has been rated on the top ten music apps for kids by The Guardian. This powerful tool has been designed to help children start composing songs and cultivate their creativity in a funny and easy way. Available on iPhone and iPad

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Bainisteoir 1  This is a must have for every coach, child and parent involved in Gaelic Games. With this free app you will find professionally prepared Hurling and Gaelic Football skills demonstrations for children under 12. Each demonstration consists of a video displaying an easy to understand basic skill. The skills are demonstrated in accordance with GAA coaching and games development.

WORKING MEMORY 

Monster hunt app is a brilliantly simple and fun working memory improvement game that is great for all ages. Downloadable on iPhone and iPad

ANIMATION

imovies app allows children to create their own movies. With a streamlined design and intuitive Multi-Touch gestures, iMovie lets you create Hollywood-style trailers and beautiful movies like never before. Available for iPhone and iPad

Puppet pals app Create your own unique shows with animation and audio in real time! Simply pick out your actors and backdrops, drag them on to the stage, and tap record. Your movements and audio will be recorded in real time for playback later. Available for iPhone and iPad

FOR PARENTS 

Screen Time

Your main concern: The time your little ones spend on their screens

Screen Time app is committed to letting kids be kids, and exploring the realm  of childhood, outside their screens. Screen Time lets parents remotely monitoring the amount of screen time kids spend on their mobile devices. Screen Time lets you set daily time limits, assign tasks to your kids to complete like homework, see which apps your child uses the most, and more. Our favorite feature? Instant pause, allowing parents to instantly pause their child’s devices