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Amazon today cancelled the subscription fees of books and audio stories for children and students of all ages as long as schools are closed, kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning, and just being kids.
All stories are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet using the following link https://stories.audible.com/start-listen
Such great advice 🙌
Dear Parents/Guardians with school aged children,
You might be inclined to create a minute by minute schedule for your kids.  You have high hopes of hours of learning, including online activities, science experiments, and book reports.  You’ll limit technology until everything is done!  But here’s the thing…
Our kids are just as scared as we are right now.  Our kids not only can hear everything that is going on around them, but they feel our constant tension and anxiety.  They have never experienced anything like this before. Although the idea of being off of school for weeks sounds great, they are probably picturing a fun time like summer break, not the reality of being trapped at home and not seeing their friends.
Over the coming weeks, you will see an increase in behaviour issues with your kids. Whether it’s anxiety, or anger, or protest that they can’t do things normally – it will happen.  You’ll see more meltdowns, tantrums, and oppositional behaviour in the coming weeks.  This is normal and expected under these circumstances.
What kids need right now is to feel comforted and loved.  To feel like it’s all going to be ok.  And that might mean that you tear up your perfect schedule and love on your kids a bit more.  Play outside and go on walks.  Bake cookies and paint pictures.  Play board games and watch movies.  Do a science experiment together or find virtual field trips of the zoo.  Start a book and read together as a family.  Snuggle under warm blankets and do nothing.
Don’t worry about them regressing in school. Every single child is in this boat and they all will be ok.  When we are back in the classroom, we will all course correct and meet them where they are.  Teachers are experts at this! Don’t pick fights with your children because they don’t want to do maths. Don’t scream at your children for not following the schedule. Don’t mandate 2 hours of learning time if they are resisting it.
If I can leave you with one thing, it’s this: at the end of all of this, your child’s mental health will be more important than their academic skills.  And how they felt during this time will stay with them long after the memory of what they did during those weeks is long gone.  So keep that in mind, every single day.
Stay safe.

Covid-19 Update for Parents

Hi all,

We hope you are all staying safe and following government guidelines in relation to COVID-19. We have compiled a list of accessible resources for parents and children during this time when schools are closed. There are lots of websites offering free resources to assist parents and pupils in revising work. There are endless interactive literacy and numeracy games, power point presentations and photo slide shows on basically any topic in the curriculum you can think of! There are many worksheets, booklets, tests and much more. If you do not have access to a printer, you can download into a folder on the desktop of your PC and children can read and watch as well as writing answers onto paper. Parents of younger children may want to focus on revision of phonics, sight words, numbers and meaning, rhymes, shapes, spelling, name recognition, addition, subtraction and perhaps some fun science experiments too! Older children may use this as an opportunity to revise tables, spellings and maths topics already taught (not new ones!), Irish vocabulary, English grammar, writing genres and so on. Maybe choose a topic of interest and complete a research project! Most important of all, encourage children to read and read stories to and with your child! Complete puzzles, jigsaws, play dough, make slime and play co-operative games and board games together.

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