As part of his address Leo Varadkar suggested that people should work from home if it is possible.
On Thursday 12th May our Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addressed the nation about Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). He informed the public that Irish schools, colleges and childcare facilities are closing until 29th March with immediate effect. We are living in very surreal times and Irish parents are feeling anxious about how they will juggle work and their children's education at such a frightening time.
As part of his address Leo Varadkar suggested that people should work from home if it is possible. For many parents this is not an option though and it has left a lot of families in a vulnerable predicament. Public and personal health is a priority for everyone but it is impossible to ignore the work and financial implications of this decision.
In a bid to help Irish parents some of our favourite teachers on Instagram are using their platform to share ideas, tips and tricks about supporting your child's education from home during this period.
Sinéad who runs "thebeauttruth" Instagram page got the ball rolling by telling her followers that her day job is being a primary school teacher. She urged other teachers to share helpful resources, websites and ideas that will help parents support their children's education during this time. Her post encouraged other teachers on Instagram to get involved too.
" With the announcement of schools closing, I have put together a quick list on how to keep some level of school work or normality going at home. I would love if other teachers added their own ideas or good websites in the comments section "
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As some of you might be aware, my real job is a primary school teacher. With the announcement of schools closing, I have put together a quick list on how to keep some level of school work or normality going at home. I would love if other teachers added their own ideas or good websites in the comments section. Some schools will already have stuff set up but there is only so much a teacher can put together in a short amount of time. It is also impossible for them to put enough together to suit all levels of students. So hopefully this helps 1) Don't worry about progression on new topics. The best thing you can do is take out their maths book and go over old topics. Especially tables!!! Pick a topic every few days and print out a few worksheets for them to do. Revision is best here. 2) Join Mathlethics. This is a website packed full of maths games. Children can play against each other and work on all the skills that they will have already covered this year!! https://login.mathletics.com 3) Pick out the next 2 reading comprehensions in their English reader. Listen to them read. Get them to do the topics in a new copy for home. Have a read over it yourself when they're done. Spend a week on each story. 4) Read, Read, Read. This is the best time for kids to read as much as they can. Pick a good book. Download a summery for yourself. Most books have book club type questions for each chapter online. Have a chat with the kids about the books. 5) If your children are older, there are some excellent websites for coding. I use scratch when coding with the kids. There's loads and loads of tutorials online https://scratch.mit.edu 6) Twinkl are offering a free month to parents. This website is incredible. It is full of printable for everything from pre schoolers upwards. You will find so much here https://www.twinkl.ie Pick a topic and get the kids to research and put together a project. This could be done the old fashioned way or using powerpoint or Prezi https://prezi.com 8) Scoilnet Primary is another website with a wealth of worksheets and topics for researching. https://www.scoilnet.ie 9) Take 20 mins the night before to have stuff ready. Write the list
We are big fans of the teacher Instagram page "mylittleteacherdiary" and her stories yesterday really struck a chord with us. She highlighted how difficult it was to say goodbye to her students and the panic she felt because she had no time to properly prepare them for it.
"It all happened so fast and without proper explanation. It was so emotional saying goodbye to the kids"
Her page is an excellent resource for primary school learning.
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Margaret is a primary school teacher based in Clare. In an Instagram post yesterday she acknowledged that while some children will have no problem working independently, infant children will require more attention and structure. To help with this Margaret has promised to share her expertise with her followers.
"From Monday I plan on giving a simple daily lesson plan for the infant child. I'm going to keep it simple and realistic because as a mom and infant teacher myself, I know the distractions that are going to come when trying to teach from the home"
Margaret's post was met with so much gratitude from her followers and influencers who shared it widely. People were uplifted to see a teacher using her Instagram account to help people at this time.
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🦊 Don't panic 🦊 Ok it's not ideal! Lots of mothers are now facing into two weeks of no childcare, no schools and the possibility of still being expected to work their regular jobs as well as home schooling and making sure the children are fed, entertained and kept sane! 🦊 I can't help with the childcare or work situations. However, I know that schools have been directed to send home two weeks worth of work for the children. A lot of children will be able to tackle this work by themselves, especially older children. However, if you are the parent of a child in infants, there is going to be a bit more work involved in teaching them. 🦊 From Monday, I plan on giving a simple daily lesson plan for the infant child. I'm going to keep it simple and realistic because as a Mom and infant teacher myself, I know the distractions that are going to come when trying to teach at home! 🦊 Every night I will put up a list of resources and websites you will need to have ready for the following day. These will be so simple and available at home. You don't need to panic buy anything! 🦊 Each day I hope to give ideas for a specific English & maths lesson, a little bit of Irish and one other subject. I will go through the lessons on IGTV and give some extra ideas for after if you want to keep going! 🦊 I will also give links to other websites and accounts where can get more ideas for later in the day! 🦊 We got this!
And last but not least Angela is a primary school teacher who specialises in teaching children with Autism. She is also the parent of a child with Autism and will be sharing lots of ideas for parents on her Instagram page over the coming weeks.