Dancing in the classroom is lots of fun but can be daunting for some teachers! Here are ten easy songs complete with dance routine videos to help!
How are Irish schools going to ‘get back to normal?’
Some ideas for Aistear, in an infant classroom, around the topic of the Post Office
Some ideas for celebrating 6th class graduating primary school
Tips on getting organised for a new school year
Some practical ideas to keep early finishers busy in an Infant classroom
Maths week takes place in October every year and here are some ideas for maths week in your Infant classroom
Teachers opinions on displays can vary greatly – from colours to the amount of displays, position of display and, of course, their content. All teachers will have their own preferences and while I am no expert on classroom displays, I too have my opinions and my preferences.
You are getting prepared for your new infant class in September. You have your displays done, your resources ready and even your outfit planned. But what do you actually do when the children come in? What should you do to help settle them? To help them have a good impression of school? Here are a few ideas to help you plan your first day!
Six cost-effective and easy to make ideas for end-of-year gifts for your students.
A simple art project painting & assembling a hummingbird, the national bird of Jamaica.
Effective & proven ideas for activities to teach infants to recgonise their first 60 non-decodable words, otherwise known as Tricky Words or Dolch Sight Words.
Sample SESE display/learning wall ideas for an infant classroom.
Ideas for fun-based activities when travelling ‘Around The World’, a time when infants always love learning about other countries & customs.
Ideas for designing and making puddle splash pictures. A simple, effective and fun activity to complement any wet day.
A Spring-themed art activity making simple & pretty 3-D butterflies while following the life cycle of the butterfly.
Ketchup bottles. A simple, cheap, effective and an infant- & environmentally-friendly way to store paint in an infant classroom.
Emergency roleplay & organising emergency service personnel visits & demonstrations for infants to increase their awareness of these vital community services.
Breaking through infants’ confidence barriers with the aid of Directed Art, directing the infants in their drawing of frogs to wonderful effect.
A look at the obvious benefits – intimacy, inclusion & overall classroom management – of employing a ‘Carpet Space’ in an infant classroom environment.
14 simple yet effective activity ideas designed to improve and strengthen children’s fine motor/dexterity skills. Perfect for any infant classroom’s Funky Fingers Station!
Simple yet effective exercises to improve gross motor skills that can be added to any infant classroom environment.
The benefits of, and ideas for using the versatile Aistear topic of Small World as an activity in your infant classroom environment.
Prop & activity ideas for the Aistear theme of Jungle/Rainforest in an infant classroom.
A selection of enjoyable warm-up & cool-down games for infants during PE time.
A parachute offers endless opportunities for fun and team-building within an infant classroom. Parachute game ideas to play with infants.
Insights into a simple & proven-effective colour-coded system for dividing students into various ability groups in an infant classroom environment.
An activity using paints & paper plates to experiment & discover what happens when mixing primary colours in an infant classroom.
Detailing the creation of a Serengeti sunset painting, complete with silhouetted Safari animals, in an infant classroom.
As part of the Jungle/Rainforest Aistear topic, reviewing a simple but colourful art activity making parrots from paper plates.
Ideas for how to use and structure an independent art station in an infant classroom.
Unfortunately we rarely see enough real snow to make a real snowman so we have to make do with paper doily ones instead!
Paper Plate Santa faces, a Christmas tree collage and a Christmas Tealight holder. Three simple Christmas-themed craft ideas that are ideal for an infant classroom.
A simple craft activity to make Spooky Halloween Monster Lanterns in an infant classroom.
There’s no need to buy the more expensive shape painting sponges when it’s easy to make your own. Another cost-effective idea for use within an infant classroom.
Introduce a buzz into your classroom with a ‘Work To Bee Proud Of’ wall, an effective visual classroom motivator where each week every child in the class has a chance to get their work displayed.
A ‘Save The Lid’ campaign! Saving your glue & whiteboard marker lids for those times when lids just vanish into thin air in an infant classroom.
A roll of paper table cloth, found in any good discount or party supply shop, makes excellent backing paper, a cost-effective solution for an infant classroom.
Making the teacher’s life easier & giving infants some independence by helping them instantly find the right page in their book with the help of this clever teacher trick.
Helping children with special needs fit in. Text book-specific inclusion tactics for SEN children in an infant classroom environment.
Born out of years of hard lessons, tips for an infant teacher to set them on the path to becoming a more efficient and savvy laminating King or Queen.
How do you keep your early finishers busy? Effective ideas using lollipop sticks for for keeping early finishers busy in an infant classroom environment.
Be smart and efficient with your year-on-year planning, Some simple hints & tips to get the most out of your infant classroom planning.
A quick & effective colour-coded self-assessment method for infants in an infant classroom environment.
The school playground can a daunting environment for infants, both physically and socially. Effective ideas, from buddy systems to friendship groups, for improving infant integration in the playground and to help them settle into the school’s non-classroom environment.
Ideas for painting with ice as part of the topic Winter, a great way to demonstrate the freezing & thawing cycle in an infant classroom.
It may sound ridiculous but using recyclable junk (& a creative imagination) & sticking it all together to make something is so much fun, not to mention a great promoter of fine motor, sticking & problem solving skills in an infant classroom.
Discussing facial features during the topic of Myself and turning that discussion into making paper plate self-portraits in an infant classroom.
Painting stones to make them resemble mini beasts before placing them in the school garden.
Eight tried & tested ideas on how to incorporate Seachtain Na Gaeilge in an Infant classroom environment.
Highlighting Abair Liom, the most recent (as of mid-2017) Irish programme to be published by Folens featuring. Refreshing & bringing the Irish language into the 21st century, it features a pupil workbook, a teacher’s handbook, flash cards, puppets and supplementary online digital software.
Exploring changing Cúinne Na Gaeilge every week depending on topic to keep it relevant for the infants & to keep them active in their learning.
Reading and discussing as a class Elmer by David McKee, a great story to introduce to infants the concept of being different.
Ideas for exploring partitioning within an infant classroom, a vital skill that Junior Infants need to master before progressing on to combining groups.
Transforming plain cupboard doors into an interactive maths station & using lollipop sticks & envelopes to help infants recgonise numbers.
Ideas for activities, interactive games & resources suitable for infants learning about repeating patterns, a favourite topic for hands-on fun.
Yellow sorting trays. Widely available & extensively utilised in an infant classroom, used them for everything from sorting in maths to organising art materials. They are also great for simple sorting activities.
Letters, both uppercase and lower case, & number sandpaper cards. A infant classroom aid that are great for little hands and great for kinaesthetic learning.
Getting creative by making 2-D shape monsters with paper, scissors & glue. it’s such a simple and fun activity for infants learning 2-D shapes.
An effective activity of playing shop in infant pairs, discussing and making transactions and dealing with money.
Taking maths outdoors. Simple & effective outdoor math activities, all with a competitive edge, to enhance infant numeracy skills, motor skills and collaborative teamwork.