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Junior Infants

24-October-17
Junior Infant Homework: 16th - 20th April
The homework for this week is as follows.
1. Reading book. Each child is now getting a new book every 2 days (2 per week). Try to sound out each word in the books. They may need help with some of the words that cannot be blended phonetically. It is important that these books are in their folders during the day as they will be read during stations in school as well as at home.
2. Tricky words
Monday - me
Tuesday - we
Wednesday - be
Thursday - was
Please also revise I, the, he and she from last week.
Reminder that the tricky words are words that don't follow the normal rules. They trick us because they cannot always be sounded out or written correctly by listening for the sounds in them. We have to simply look at them and learn them. A list of the first ten words have been sent home in the children's folders today. We learn 1 tricky word per day.
3. Sounds
It is important to continue to revise the sounds on a daily basis with your children until they know them well. The digraphs can be particularly difficult for them (e.g. oi, ue, er, ar, sh, ch etc) so might need some extra practice.
If you have any questions at all please let us know.
Thanks,
Susan & Peter
Junior Infant Homework: 9th - 1 2th April
We have now finished all of our sounds and our focus in school is mainly on reading by blending these sounds and learning the 'tricky' words. It is important to continue to revise the sounds on a daily basis with your children until they know them well. The digraphs can be particularly difficult for them (e.g. oi, ue, er, ar, sh, ch etc) so might need some extra practice.
To help develop their reading skills children need daily blending practice. We will be sending home books on Mondays and Wednesdays (starting this Wednesday) for your children to read with you at home. It is important that these books are in their folders during the day as they will be read during stations in school as well as at home.
We have also started to learn tricky words. The tricky words are words that don't follow the normal rules. They trick us because they cannot always be sounded out or written correctly by listening for the sounds in them. We have to simply look at them and learn them. A list of the first ten words have been sent home in the children's folders today. We will learn 1 tricky word per day:
Monday: I
Tuesday: the
Wednesday: he
Thursday: she
If you have any questions at all please let us know.
Thanks,
Susan & Peter
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Stay Safe

Just a quick note to remind parents that we are currently covering "Stay Safe" lessons as part of our SPHE programme. Some of the worksheets that accompany these lessons are being sent home with the children so that they can be discussed at home. There is a section at the bottom of these worksheets for parents to sign to say that they have discussed the topic with their child. Please sign these sheets and send them back in with your child after you have discussed each topic with them. The topics covered so far have been as follows:

  • Feelings
  • Feeling safe and unsafe
  • Who you can tell
  • Choosing 5 people to tell if they are worried or feel unsafe (worksheet sent home)
  • Friendship and Bullying (worksheet sent home)
The next topics to be covered are:
  • Touches
  • Secrets and telling
  • Strangers
Please keep an eye on the schoolbags for these worksheets.
Thanks
Peter and Susan

Hi everyone,

Just a note about sounds for the week.
We started with w today and we will cover 'ng' and 'v' this week also.
  • W - wish, wand, work, willow
  • ng - sang, king, long, lung
  • v - vat, vest, vent, video
So far the children have covered s, a, t, i, p, n, c, k, e, h, r, m, d, g, o, u, l, f, b, ai, j, oa, ie, ee, or and z. Please ensure that these sounds are practiced every night using the sound copy.
The activities we recommend you do each night are:
  • Say each sound individually - make sure to look for the sound, not the letter name
  • Trace letters with index finger and write with pencil, crayon and/or twistable.
  • blend sounds together to make words.
  • practice identifying sounds around you - in the home
eg 1: what do you see in the room that has the j sound? jug.
eg 2: What sound is at the end of this word? (fork) = k
Please also focus on the correct letter formation with your child.
  • It is very important that a child holds their pencil in the correct way. The pencil should be held in the “tripod” grip between the thumb and the first two fingers. The grip is the same for both left and right handed children.

  • A child needs to form each letter the correct way. The letter c forms the basic shape of some other letters, such as d, g, q, o and a. For these letters the pencil stroke must be anti-clockwise, not clockwise)

  • d (the pencil starts in the middle, not the top)

  • m, r and n (there must be an initial downstroke, or the letter m looks like the McDonald´s arches)

Kind regards
Peter and Susan
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