Here are some links to educational websites parents/children might find helpful while schools are closed. Most of the educational websites have provided free access for the duration of the school closures.
It is important to engage in other general activities such as reading daily, board games, art and craft, play, exercise, baking, gardening, mental and social maths.
‘Breathe – Self-Regulation and Relaxation Techniques for Children’ features a range of calming breathing techniques, written activities and guided visualisations that children can use to bring about a sense of peace and comfort in any situation. The resource is suitable for children of all ages and class levels.
Please find some suggestions for Junior Classes on the table below.
Classes every morning on RTE 2, starting at 11am for 1 hour.
Lots of other resources can be found on the website.
Active School Week
Magazines for Children
Activities to accompany these magazines can be found at The Primary Planet
Educational Resources for SEN
Parents of children with additional needs may find some of the following supports and services useful during this time.
The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) provide a wealth of resources on their website (in English and as Gaeilge) for all levels. Materials are specifically targeting children with Special Educational Needs with input from Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists.
As I am has been working to support Ireland’s autism community throughout the COVID-19 emergency. Over the past number of weeks, the organisation has designed a COVID-19 Hub, containing support materials, social stories and a webinar to help children with autism and family members through the uncertainty, anxiety and lack of routine.
Activities and resources for children from birth to twelve years are available on the “Help my kid learn” website. There are activity ideas in play, reading, writing, counting and speech.
Downloadable games and worksheets for supporting children and young people with their speech, language and communication skills.
The HSE website has also compiled a list of useful resources, with explanations of the coronavirus pitched at children. This includes posters on hand-washing and what to expect if visiting a test centre, hoping to allay fears they may have.
Art & Crafts
Active Homework Challenge from Waterford Sports Partnership
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Here’s what various celebrities are offering you and your kids for free daily to help with their education while schools are closed:
9.00am: PE with Jo Wicks
10.00am: Maths with Carol Vorderman
11.00am: English with David Walliams
12.00pm: Lunch(Cooking with Jamie Oliver)
1.00pm: Music with Myleene Klass
1.30pm: Dance with Darcey Bussel
2.00pm: History with Dan Snow
Non-Daily Events include: