We would like to invite all families to attend our celebration of Peace Day 2018 with a performance in the Assembly Hall at 9am on Friday 21st September. Classes have been preparing songs and poems and are looking forward to performing for you. See you there!
It was a very busy first full week back at school. I'd say there will be lots of tired heads at home tonight!
Here's what we were getting up to during the week.....
All About Me!
Our theme this month is 'All About Me'. This week we started out by looking a lot at our own faces - making faces with playdough, craft materials, felt, magnetic pieces and paper plates. We practiced drawing faces in our copies too.
We have started learning about brushing our teeth. We learned the sequence of actions for when we brush our teeth and practiced it on an extra big mouth! Keep an eye in your folders next week for some visual supports and a social story to use at home. We learned a song about brushing our teeth too - please see the link below so you can use it at home to help with morning and night routines.
We are learning about length and Data in Maths this month. This week we measured our heights on a height chart and we measured our feet with coloured squares. We also made a block chart to show the colour of the hair and eyes of the people in our class!
Our first visit to the library bus
We had our first visit to the library bus on Thursday. We loved chilling out and looking at all the different books together! Our next visit to the bus will be on Thursday 20th of September - we will need to bring back in our books and then we can borrow a new one!
This month out topic is 'Summer'. We are learning lots of summer vocabulary...naming mini-beasts, things we see at the beach, things we do in the summer, things we wear in the summer.
Aistear themes are summer and camping in Junior Infants and minibeasts in Senior Infants.
Here are some shots of us investigating and naming some minibeasts through sensory play.
With Eid fast approaching we have opened our celebration space in the Kamilah Room. If you would like to help decorate this space to be used as part of our Official Opening celebration, please pop along to the school anytime before Friday. We have a few decorations but please bring along anything you think might add to the space. Thanks!
We had so much fin on our school tour! First we played in the playground - we practiced taking turns too.
When we were good and energised, we walked to the farm. We saw chickens, pigs, ducks, geese, turkeys, owls, pigs, horses, donkeys, cows, goats, sheep...and lots more! It was fun spotting the animals together. We copied the sounds and movements they made and sang songs about them while we walked.
Before we went back on the bus, we had a picnic on the grass.
It was such a lovely day!
The Special Needs Parents Association has been invited by Ms. Fiona O’Loughlin, T.D., Chairperson of the Joint Committee on Education and Skills to make a brief written submission in relation to the provision of ASD and Special Classes in mainstream schools throughout the State. Parents are invited to submit their comments by next Tuesday, either via the Facebook link or email firstname.lastname@example.org with feedback that they would like to have included in the submission.
See the Facebook post here: https://www.facebook.com/SpecialNeedsParentsAssociation/posts/1731620056886245 …
This Friday 1st June we are holding an Ice Cream Fun Day in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland. We are asking children to bring in €2 each to support this worthy cause. Children will get an ice-cream wafer. Hopefully it will be sunny and we can enjoy our ice-cream outside!
Children with gluten or lactose intolerances can be given an alternative treat (e.g. ice pop). Please let me know what your child is allowed to eat!
More fun and experiments with paint!
During our Attention Autism group we have been playing with and experimenting with paint - painting with marbles, slinky toys, drippers and mixing paint with oil. We made some interesting effects!
In the Garden
We played a turn-taking game called 'In the Garden'. Children took turns to sit in the centre of the circle. They felt the wind in the garden by fanning their faces, rain in the garden with a water spritzer and snow in the garden with flakes of shaving foam. It was messy but fun!
Floating and Sinking
We learned about items that float and items that sinking by experimenting and sorting out the objects.
Are you sleeping?
We played a turn-taking game called 'Are you sleeping?'. Children took it in turns to lie on the blanket and pretend to be asleep while the rest of us sang a short song. Then we woke them up with tickles!
Toilet Training Workshop this Wednesday Evening from 7-9.30pm
Toilet Training for Children with Autism & Special Needs
From learning new routines to knowing when it’s time to use the toilet, to being able to manipulate clothing, the potty training process can take many years for some children with autism to become experts.
Our workshop is carried out by a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst and will provide parents & professionals with the fundamentals to help them put together a successful toilet plan for their child.
Tickets can be booked online: wwww.adamandfriends.ie/training/
1. Readiness Skills - When should I start?
2. Getting Prepared
3. Reinforcement & Rewards
4. Methods for Toilet Training
5. Visual and Other Supports
6. Generalisation, Requesting and Self-Initiation
7. Night Time Control
8. Strategies For Success
9. Common Issues and How To Handle Them!
Parents'Guardians please connect to the school app by 31st May 2018.
Due to excessive costs of text message, we will not be sending texts after this date.
All communication will be done via the app.
Please check you text messages and emails for your individual link to the app.