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Early Years 

 

Tony the Turtle goes back to school

A colourful story about Tony going back to school for younger children.

26/08/2020

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Helping your child move from Preschool to Primary School

Here are some resources that are useful to parents for advice and support. 

25/08/2020

Tips on Moving from Preschool to Primary

Going to Primary School, National Parents Council

 

 

 

View presentations on Covid 19 in many languages

Parents from other countries can view/hear messages in their own languages here.

25/08/2020

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Information for Going Back to your Preschool, Créche or Childminder 

A short video to help parents prepare their children for re starting their early years learning/care.

Source: Government of Ireland 29/06/2020

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Weaning baby onto solid food 

Useful ideas on checking your baby is ready and tips for how to start.

Source: RTE 15/06/2020

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The Power of Play 

Some ideas from Professional Development Service for Teachers on why Play is important and how to go about it in and around the home.

Source: Irish Independent 08/06/2020

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Creating a Digital Library

Some ideas from Professional Development Service for Teachers: 

With parents and kids missing their trips to the local library, here are lots of ideas about where to access the vast, and growing, array of reading material for children available on online, along with tips about how to create their own digital books.

Source: Irish Independent 05/05/2020

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Let’s Play during COVID 19

Playing helps children stay physically and mental well. It is an everyday part of a healthy and happy childhood. Play is just as important during a crisis like the current coronavirus pandemic. It helps your child manage their emotions and maintain a sense that everything is and can be ok. Lots of play ideas and suggestions for a variety of situations during Covid.

Source: Lets Play Irish Government 26/05/2020

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Creative Kids, Nature Walk in your own back garden

Good ideas on what to look out for in a green area near your home

Source: Irish Independent 20/05/2020 

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Walking in the woods with your child

Happy Talk in Cork have developed lovely resources for families to use to help extend the vocabulary around Walking in the Woods, and Off on the Train packs.

Source: Happy Talk Cork and Kerry Community Healthcare 08/04/2020 

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Video on Helping your child with Transition from Preschool to Primary School

Very useful 20 minute video going through what children in Ireland will be doing as they start primary school in September. There are lots of other useful links on this National Parents Council website.

Source: National Parents Council 08/04/2020 

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First 5 Years Support Page

Tips and strategies that might be useful when spending lots of time with babies and young children.  The most important message of all is to enjoy your time with them and play.

Source: Irish Government 08/04/2020 

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Literacy on the Loose

7 short videos to look at Literacy in and around your home, to help extend learning during Covid 19. Trinity College Dublin, Marino Institute of Education and LImerick and Clare Education and Training Board contributed videos. This project was hosted by Trinity College Dublin. 

See Videos

 

Lucys in Lockdown book for parents to use with their child

A wonderful resource explaining your child’s emotions, 

Lucys in Lockdown Book

 

Help my kid learn

National Adult Literacy Agency this provides activities for children across various age groups.

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Nature Detective Plant

Try searching for this plant outside, there are lovely activity pages to prompt a chat and some drawing or colouring.
Date: 16/04/2020

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Language Packs to use at home with your baby and toddler
More new language packs are available from Happy Talk, including a Monkey Pack and a Springtime Pack.

Date: 23/04/2020

Child friendly book on Covid 19

Very well explained story about Covid 19 to answer any child’s questions, a useful guide for parents to have.
Date: 21/04/2020

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Reading Stories for your child and activities from Clare Library Service

Lots of lovely stories Librarians are reading for your child to hear. There are drawing activities and a nature walk as well in this link.
Date: 21/04/2020

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David Walliams – Free audio stories for children

Children’s author David Walliams is releasing 30 free audio stories for children. A new one is released every day at 11am.
Date: 01/04/2020

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National Council for Special Education Online resources

Online Resources divided into section for Parents and for Teachers

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Wonderopolis 

US based website. Answers for all the millions of questions children ask. Really good quality and creates curiosity for children of all ages. Parents can ask children these questions as well!
Date: 01/04/2020

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How to make a family-friendly fitness course in your back garden

Create an obstacle race at home.
Source: rte.ie – 25/03/2020

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Useful resources for using with your baby

Try out some of these activities at home. LCETB Tutor Tracey Daly tells how she shares resources online as her class can’t meet.
Source: Tracey Daly 21/04/2020

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National Geographic for Kids

Fabulous website with games, videos and animals learn lots of exciting things about the world we live in.

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5 RTÉjr podcasts to entertain and educate the kids

If you need a hand keeping the kids both entertained and educated while spending time at home, check out these kid-friendly podcasts from RTÉjr.
Source: RTÉjr – 27/03/2020

Read More

12 websites to keep kids busy, informed & entertained

Here are some online suggestions for your children to keep them entertained and informed at the same time. Good link here for Jolly Phonics that is used in schools.
Source: RTE 19/03/2020

Read More

Khan Academy

Wikipedia says Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. This free access site covers not only maths, but science at all levels. US based voices for videos but top quality website.

Read More

Coronavirus: How to keep children happy, learning and entertained at home

Here are some online suggestions for your children to keep them entertained and informed at the same time. Good link here for Jolly Phonics that is used in schools.
Source: Irish Times 23/03/2020

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How to make the most out of reading time

Good links for free books for children to read with parents online. Some useful tips for parents reading together, sample questions to ask.
Source: Irish Independent 06/04/2020

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Create some real Easter Eggs

Try some fun activities with eggs over Easter with the family, everyone can get involved.
Source: Michelle Bradley, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board Tutor

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Primary School

‘Your child/adolescent’s worries and anxieties’ Anxiety Workshop

  • Thursday 3rd September 10-12
  • Thursday 17th September 10-12

on laptop, PC or mobile app.

A link will be emailed to parents/guardians/carers who register to attend the workshop.

IT assistance will be available on request.

This is for parents/guardians/carers living in Clare/Limerick areas.

Book your place with

  • Angelika Trebicka, Assistant Psychologist – 061.461791
  • Oisin Carey, Assistant Psychologist – 061.461789
  • Myles Sammon, Assistant Psychologist – 061.461788
  • Martin Browne, Assistant Psychologist – 061.461816

27/08/2020

Tony the Turtle goes back to school

A colourful story about Tony going back to school for younger children.

26/08/2020

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Barnardos Tips for Children Going Back to School

Tip sheet that older children can read themselves about going back to school.

25/08/2020

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Tip sheet 2

Lucy goes back to school colouring book

Short book that children can colour in about Lucy heading back to school.

25/08/2020

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View presentations on Covid 19 in many languages

Parents from other countries can view/hear messages in their own languages here.

25/08/2020

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Love Parenting supports for returning to school

Love Parenting has brought together a lot of resources to help parents, including videos, poster, and many other ideas for heading back to school.

Clare Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSE) and other partners 25/08/2020

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View presentations on transition to primary or second level schools in Co. Clare

Parents will find useful videos and presentations to help their children move from pre school to primary or from primary school to second level. Some are specific for Co. Clare/Ennis

Clare Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSE) and other partners 18/08/2020

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Learning how to cope with returning to school


GOING back to school can be challenging at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. While many students will relish meeting their friends and regaining some normality,  September is approaching far too quickly for others and is causing them severe anxiety.  They are trying to cope with the stress of going back. Key points for parents are included 

 

Irish Examiner 06/08/2020

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Virtual School Tours for all Pre-schools and Primary Schools in Clare


This year, more than anymore, has made transition supports more important than ever. As well as designing the tours the subgroup has been hard at work the last number of weeks putting together an infographic for parents to encourage them to start the chat with their child about school return (see PDF HERE)

A generic primary school tour was also built using 3D modeling and animation. This “imagination” CYPSE (Children’s and Young People’s Services Committee) school is suitable for all young children transitioning to primary school and will be circulated to all schools in Clare as well as pre-schools. 

View Generic Primary School Tour for all schools & pre-schools to use on this link: https://3djuniors.virtual360.ie

10/08/2020

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Bridge Back to School

Bridge Back to School – An Autism-Friendly Learning Resource for Summer 2020, launched by SuperValu and autism charity AsIAm, was developed with Mary Immaculate College. A useful booklet to help prepare for the return to school for parent and child.

AsIAm CEO Adam Harris says returning to school after a long absence will be challenging for all children, but particularly for those on the autism spectrum. “For some children, routine and structure in their day are really important. Over the past months, we’ve seen the complete removal of that.

“And coinciding with this, we’ve seen a loss of support for children who relied on additional teaching-time, SNA input and maybe some professional home support. It has all taken a toll,” says Harris, adding that compounding the challenge is the fact that kids will return to school – but not as they know it. 

29/07/2020

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Free Resources from Economist

Top class international articles are created into lessons. Rights, Racism, Sports and Politics, Front Page News, Freedom of Speech, Veganism, Extreme Weather, What’s the News, COVID – 19. Great numeracy in the news using a variety of topics. Scroll down on home page to see headings.

10/07/2020

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Step Up To Second Level 

An initiative developed by Planet Youth, a collaboration of schools, youth agencies and other services operating in Galway, Mayo and Roscommon. They have developed a website called StepUp.ie, specifically to support a return to school.

The website focuses on:

-How School Works -Skills for School -Friendships and Feelings -Staying Healthy

-Top Tips from Older Students -You, the Student -You, the Parent -Challenges of COVID19

09/07/2020

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Well-being Through Nature

As part of @HiHealthyIreland at Your Library, @clarecountylibrary presents this video on ‘Well-being Through Nature’ by Play Therapist and Family Learning Tutor, Dipankar Biswas. Three fantastic videos to show you exactly how to do exciting varied activities for children of all ages, adults will want to try these as well.

22/06/2020

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Let’s Play Cork

Cork Healthy Cities have partnered with Cork Local Sports Partnership, Foróige, Cork City Council, Cork City Libraries and Young Knocknaheeny to develop “Let’s Play Cork”, a series of online and offline play resources for families across Cork. These resources provide families of all ages and abilities with playful and fun ideas to stay active at home during Covid-19 and beyond. Let’s Play Cork Booklet is available for all counties to download.

Source: Irish Examiner 19/06/2020

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30 days of Family Fun

An activity for each day learning together as a family, a reminder of what can be done with very few resources. Good for summer holiday activities. Click on Download the Calendar on the page when it opens.

Source: National Centre for Families Learning USA 18/06/2020

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ImagineNation

Artists have created really fantastic sheets for children of all ages to enjoy, a great idea for over summer holidays. Children’s Books Ireland have produced an activity book with An Post called the ImagineNation playbook. It’s a 24 page A4 activity book, with pages to colour in, different suggested activities to do like animal yoga, map drawing, code breaking, creative writing prompts etc. – fun and creative activities for children away from school. 

Source: Children’s Book 17/06/2020

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Learning about Money

A bank has created fun activities for primary school children to learn about using money, good maths focus. 

Source: Ulster Bank 17/06/2020

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Creating a Digital Library

Some ideas from Professional Development Service for Teachers: 

With parents and kids missing their trips to the local library, here are lots of ideas about where to access the vast, and growing, array of reading material for children available on online, along with tips about how to create their own digital books.

Source: Irish Independent 05/05/2020

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Hunt Museum from Home 

The Hunt Museum brings you exciting, cultural and educational content to pass the time during these difficult times. There is something for everyone here: small and older children, teens to get lost in and adults to take time out and enjoy and create for themselves.

Lockdown with Limerick Artists has a number of resource packs with fabulous ideas to try.

Source: Hunt Museum 03/06/2020

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Tips to get your children interested in Gardening

Quick advice on how to get going in the garden

Source: RTE 28/05/2020

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Let’s Play during COVID 19

Playing helps children stay physically and mental well. It is an everyday part of a healthy and happy childhood. Play is just as important during a crisis like the current coronavirus pandemic. It helps your child manage their emotions and maintain a sense that everything is and can be ok. Lots of play ideas and suggestions for a variety of situations during Covid.

Source: Lets Play Irish Government 26/05/2020

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Gardening for Biodiversity

 A great booklet packed with projects to try out in your own garden/green area. This helps you become aware of what is all around us and how to mind birds, animals and insects in our natural world.

Source: Laois County Council 25/05/2020

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Camp Wonderopolis US based summer camp 

Register with your email to attend. Camp Wonderopolis® is the free online summer-learning destination that’s full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker experiments!

Keeping kids and their families learning together throughout the summer and out-of-school time, Camp Wonderopolis can help build vocabulary, background knowledge in science, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and other literacy skills along the way.

Source: National Centre for Families Learning USA 22/05/2020

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Create your own Time Capsule for Covid 19 

Some lovely ideas to create your own time capsule, each child can create their own, using e.g. empty cereal box. Put in some items to remind you of your time at home.

Source: Parenting Plus 21/05/2020

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Cruinniú na nÓg gives children the chance to express themselves. 

Get cracking on some fun projects that can be entered into competitions. See list of initiatives from Creating a kite, Ceili in the Kitchen, Become a Storykeeper, or Create a video app! Show off your skills and have some fun.

Source: Irish Examiner 21/05/2020

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Children’s wellbeing – a practical guide to talking to your child about their feelings and worries

Professional Development Service for Teachers has some good advice on page 3 for some things that might work to support your child’s worries.

Source: Irish Independent 12/05/2020

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Good enough Parenting is good enough during Covid 19

Some experts keep things simple and easy for parents to manage coping with Covid 19 at home.

Source: RTE 12/05/2020

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Complete a Lockdown Diary

Stephen McCarthy from New Zealand has created a 32 fun diary with lots of ideas in a cartoon format for children to complete as a lovely record of their time under lockdown.

Source: 05/05/2020

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Keeping the Learning Going at Home

Good resources that schools use to help children learn are provided here. Lots of ideas to try out for variety.

Source:  Irish Independent 05/05/2020

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Literacy on the Loose

7 short videos to look at Literacy in and around your home, to help extend learning during Covid 19. Trinity College Dublin, Marino Institute of Education and LImerick and Clare Education and Training Board contributed videos. This project was hosted by Trinity College Dublin. Suitable for parents of children up to 8 years of age.

See Videos

Source:  29/04/2020

 

BBC Bitesize Home schooling Service

Lots of celebrity teachers to spice up learning, science, music, history, Spanish and lots more. Divided into primary, secondary and post 16 years. New classes daily!

Source:  29/04/2020

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Fighting Words – Global Writing Lockdown closing on May 7th

Make a book with others, send your  one page of A5 sized writing. What can I put in it?
 – An angry poem – A short-short story – A miniature play – A solidarity shopping list
– A contagious joke – A lonely haiku – A passionate manifesto – Anything at all … you decide!

Writers of all ages welcome!

Source:  29/04/2020

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Support for children and families living with Autism

Aidan Corr is a Senior Educational Psychologist who works with children and young people with autism and their families. 

In this episode of You OK?, Aidan talks about some of the particular challenges these strange times pose for people living with autism, he shares tips and advice for how to support people in managing these challenges and highlights valuable coping strategies.

Source: RTE 23/04/2020

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Keeping the Learning Going At Home: How to keep children happy, healthy and learning movement skills while schools are closed

Very good ideas on keeping active for children
Source: Irish Independent 20/04/2020

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New RTE 2 Home School Programme

School on TV Weekdays 11-12 Primary School 1st – 6th class. Short update at 4-4.15pm.
Source: RTE

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Child friendly book on Covid 19

Very clear story about Covid 19 answering all the questions children might have, a useful book for parents.
Source: Nosy Crow an award winning small independent children’s book publisher 21/04/2020

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Newsletters from Clare Education Centre

Scroll down near end for excellent useful link in this newsletter to Parteen National School Padlet with activities for each specific class group included.
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Clare Education Centre have put together a list of resources for infants to second class.
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Clare Education Centre has great resources and links for specific parts of the curriculum.
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Clare Education Centre Newsletter 07/04/2020

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How to make a family-friendly fitness course in your back garden

Create an obstacle race at home.
Source: RTE – 25/03/2020

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Look at Dorothea Lange’s Pictures of Children

A wonderful resource for teachers, students and families from the Museumn of Modern Art, USA. Look for the Irish child among the photos, and take time to think about each picture and what it is saying to you.
Source: MOMA – 16/04/2020

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Nature Detective Plant

Try searching for this plant outside, there are lovely activity pages to prompt a chat and some drawing or colouring. Created by Michelle Bradley, LCETB Tutor
Date: 16/04/2020

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Nature Detective Ladybird

Try searching for a ladybird outside, there are lovely activity pages to prompt a chat and some drawing or colouring. Created by Michelle Bradley, LCETB Tutor
Date: 21/04/2020

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Reading Stories for your child and activities from Clare Library Service

Lots of lovely stories Librarians are reading for your child to hear. There are drawing activities and a nature walk as well in this link.
Date: 21/04/2020

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Become  Your Family Story Collector

Why not explore the memories and stories of your family and start daily recorded phone interviews. The lives of your grandparents, older neighbours or older family members were very different to yours. By listening to and recording their memories you will embark on a journey that will help you understand more about their life, background, as well as your own family history and heritage. Guidelines are provided by Dr. Tomás McConmara

Source: Dr Tomás McConmara, Oral Historian – 09/04/2020

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5 RTÉjr podcasts to entertain and educate the kids

If you need a hand keeping the kids both entertained and educated while spending time at home, check out these kid-friendly podcasts from RTÉjr.
Source: RTÉjr – 27/03/2020

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How to make the most out of reading time

Good links for free books for children to read with parents online. Some useful tips for parents reading together, sample questions to ask.
Source: Irish Independent 06/04/2020

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National Council for Special Education Online resources

Online Resources divided into section for Parents and for Teachers to support children with additional needs.

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Help my kid learn

National Adult Literacy Agency this provides literacy and numeracy activities for children across various age groups.

Read More

9 family-friendly activities to try out while at home

Sinead Harrington shares her top activities for keeping kids (and grown-ups) entertained while spending time at home.
Source: Irish Times 25/03/2020

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12 websites to keep kids busy, informed & entertained

Here are some online suggestions for your children to keep them entertained and informed at the same time. Good link here for Jolly Phonics that is used in schools.
Source: RTE – 19/03/2020

Read More

Khan Academy

Wikipedia says Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. This free access site covers not only maths, but science at all levels. US based voices for videos but top quality website.

Read More

Coronavirus: How to keep children happy, learning and entertained at home

School work, baking, exercise, online resources… Help is out there, even if you can’t go anywhere.
Source: Irish Times 23/03/2020

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National Geographic for Kids

Fabulous website with games, videos and animals learn lots of exciting things about the world we live in. 

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Exciting websites for Science and Technology

Links for art and craft, exercise, internet safety, languages, science, environment and wellbeing for children who want to learn some more.

Source: Maria Kelly, LCETB Tutor.

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Fun Clare Activity Sheets

Free to download and complete by Local Creative Youth Partnership with kind permission from Alan Nolan and O’Brien Press In collaboration with Clare Library Services.

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NowTV: Free 3 months kids pass

Free access to hundreds of episodes of ad-free children’s entertainment on channels including Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network plus a range of educational kid’s documentaries for three months.  To claim:

  • Head to www.nowtv.com/ie/wfh
  • Click to redeem voucher (populates automatically)
  • Continue to sign in or create an account

If you don’t wish to continue using the pass after the end of the free three month period, then you must cancel it as it will cost €7 per month thereafter.

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NowTV: Free 3 months kids pass

Free access to hundreds of episodes of ad-free children’s entertainment on channels including Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network plus a range of educational kid’s documentaries for three months.  To claim:

  • Head to www.nowtv.com/ie/wfh
  • Click to redeem voucher (populates automatically)
  • Continue to sign in or create an account

If you don’t wish to continue using the pass after the end of the free three month period, then you must cancel it as it will cost €7 per month thereafter.

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David Walliams – Free audio stories for children

Children’s author David Walliams is releasing 30 free audio stories for children. A new one is released every day at 11am.
Date: 01/04/2020

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Google’s Arts & Culture Platform

Google has partnered with 1,200 leading museums and archives to show their exhibits online and offer virtual tours. Other museums also have their own virtual tours, including the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Vatican Museum in Rome, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC
Date: 01/04/2020

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Create some real Easter Eggs

Try some fun activities with eggs over Easter with the family, everyone can get involved.
Source: Michelle Bradley, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board Tutor

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Second Level

‘Your child/adolescent’s worries and anxieties’ Anxiety Workshop

  • Thursday 3rd September 10-12
  • Thursday 17th September 10-12

on laptop, PC or mobile app.

A link will be emailed to parents/guardians/carers who register to attend the workshop.

IT assistance will be available on request.

This is for parents/guardians/carers living in Clare/Limerick areas.

Book your place with

  • Angelika Trebicka, Assistant Psychologist – 061.461791
  • Oisin Carey, Assistant Psychologist – 061.461789
  • Myles Sammon, Assistant Psychologist – 061.461788
  • Martin Browne, Assistant Psychologist – 061.461816

27/08/2020

 

Making the move to Second Level

The National Parents Council has created a freely accessible online video for 6th Class students and parents to watch together to support them with the transition from primary school to secondary school.  It has practical tips and advice and an overview of the Junior Cycle, it explores what to expect, and hopes, fears, concerns and expectations around starting school.
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An information sheet created by the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) with additional information about how to support children with their transition from Primary to Secondary School:

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Here is a link to a new website that has been developed in order to assist both students and parents in making the move between primary and secondary school:

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26/08/2020

 

 

View presentations on Covid 19 in many languages

Parents from other countries can view/hear messages in their own languages here.

25/08/2020

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View presentations on transition to primary or second level schools in Co. Clare

Parents will find useful videos and presentations to help their children move from pre school to primary or from primary school to second level. Some are specific for Co. Clare/Ennis

Clare Children and Young People’s Services Committee (CYPSE) and other partners 18/08/2020

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Learning how to cope with returning to school


GOING back to school can be challenging at the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. While many students will relish meeting their friends and regaining some normality,  September is approaching far too quickly for others and is causing them severe anxiety.  They are trying to cope with the stress of going back. Key points for parents are included

 

Irish Examiner 06/08/2020

Read More

Bridge Back to School

Bridge Back to School – An Autism-Friendly Learning Resource for Summer 2020, launched by SuperValu and autism charity AsIAm, was developed with Mary Immaculate College. A useful booklet to help prepare for the return to school for parent and child.

AsIAm CEO Adam Harris says returning to school after a long absence will be challenging for all children, but particularly for those on the autism spectrum. “For some children, routine and structure in their day are really important. Over the past months, we’ve seen the complete removal of that.

“And coinciding with this, we’ve seen a loss of support for children who relied on additional teaching-time, SNA input and maybe some professional home support. It has all taken a toll,” says Harris, adding that compounding the challenge is the fact that kids will return to school – but not as they know it. 

29/07/2020

 

Read More

Free Resources from Economist

Top class international articles are created into lessons. Rights, Racism, Sports and Politics, Front Page News, Freedom of Speech, Veganism, Extreme Weather, What’s the News, COVID – 19. Great numeracy in the news using a variety of topics. Scroll down on home page to see headings.

10/07/2020

Read More

Hunt Museum from Home

The Hunt Museum brings you exciting, cultural and educational content to pass the time during these difficult times. There is something for everyone here: small and older children, teens to get lost in and adults to take time out and enjoy and create for themselves.

Lockdown with Limerick Artists has a number of resource packs with fabulous ideas to try.

Source: Hunt Museum 03/06/2020

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Online Summer Camp School Completion Project Ennis

The summer camp for secondary school students will run over the first two weeks in June from the 2nd to the 5th and 8th to 12th with a variety of video based content to suit different interests. It will be available through Ennis Community College school website and online through Ennis Schools Completion Facebook page and our Youtube channel – Ennis Schools Completion Programme. Content will be uploaded daily at 10am. 
Just a reminder each day since the start of the Covid school restrictions our SCP project worker Sylvie Sims has been putting up videos daily to our facebook page from her craft room to keep in contact and continue to support the young people at home with some great ideas daily.

Source: Ennis School Completion Project 26/05/2020

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Online Summer Camp School Completion Project Ennis

The summer camp for secondary school students will run over the first two weeks in June from the 2nd to the 5th and 8th to 12th with a variety of video based content to suit different interests. It will be available through Ennis Community College school website and online through Ennis Schools Completion Facebook page and our Youtube channel – Ennis Schools Completion Programme. Content will be uploaded daily at 10am. 
Just a reminder each day since the start of the Covid school restrictions our SCP project worker Sylvie Sims has been putting up videos daily to our facebook page from her craft room to keep in contact and continue to support the young people at home with some great ideas daily.

Source: Ennis School Completion Project 26/05/2020

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Gardening for Biodiversity

A great booklet packed with projects to try out in your own garden/green area. This helps you become aware of what is all around us and how to mind birds, animals and insects in our natural world.

Source: Laois County Council 25/05/2020

Read More

 

Cruinniú na nÓg gives children the chance to express themselves. 

Get cracking on some fun projects that can be entered into competitions. See list of initiatives from Creating a kite, Ceili in the Kitchen, Become a Storykeeper, or Create a video app! Show off your skills and have some fun. Under 18s eligible.

Source: Irish Examiner 21/05/2020

Read More

 

BBC Bitesize Home schooling Service

Lots of celebrity teachers to spice up learning, science, music, history, Spanish and lots more. Divided into primary, secondary and post 16 years. New classes daily!

Source:  29/04/2020

Fighting Words – Global Writing Lockdown closing on May 7th

Make a book with others, send your  one page of A5 sized writing. What can I put in it?
 – An angry poem – A short-short story – A miniature play – A solidarity shopping list
– A contagious joke – A lonely haiku – A passionate manifesto – Anything at all … you decide!

Writers of all ages welcome!

Source:  29/04/2020

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Youth Information Chat Service

Spunout.ie has launched Ireland’s first online youth info chat service. The system will initially be live Mon-Fri from 4 to 8pm.Aidan Corr is a Senior Educational Psychologist who works with children and young people with autism and their families.

In this episode of You OK?, Aidan talks about some of the particular challenges these strange times pose for people living with autism, he shares tips and advice for how to support people in managing these challenges and highlights valuable coping strategies.

23/04/2020

 

Support for children and families living with Autism

Aidan Corr is a Senior Educational Psychologist who works with children and young people with autism and their families. 

In this episode of You OK?, Aidan talks about some of the particular challenges these strange times pose for people living with autism, he shares tips and advice for how to support people in managing these challenges and highlights valuable coping strategies.

Source: RTE 23/04/2020

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Rosetta Stone Language Learning

Rosetta Stone Language Learning for students is free for the next three months.
Date: 01/04/2020

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Resources for Second Level Students on Padlet

Clare Education Centre has produced a one stop shop for all second level students to help them keep up to date.
Date: 07/04/2020

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Look at Dorothea Lange’s Pictures of Children

A wonderful resource for teachers, students and families from the Museumn of Modern Art, USA. Look for the Irish child among the photos, and take time to think about each picture and what it is saying to you.
Source: MOMA – 16/04/2020

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Become  Your Family Story Collector

Why not explore the memories and stories of your family and start daily recorded phone interviews. The lives of your grandparents, older neighbours or older family members were very different to yours. By listening to and recording their memories you will embark on a journey that will help you understand more about their life, background, as well as your own family history and heritage. Guidelines are provided by Dr. Tomás McConmara

Source: Dr Tomás McConmara, Oral Historian – 09/04/2020

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Google’s Arts & Culture Platform

Google has partnered with 1,200 leading museums and archives to show their exhibits online and offer virtual tours. Other museums also have their own virtual tours, including the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Vatican Museum in Rome, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC
Date: 01/04/2020

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National Council for Special Education Online resources

Online Resources divided into section for Parents and for Teachers.

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Khan Academy

Wikipedia says Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. This free access site covers not only maths, but science at all levels. US based voices for videos but top quality website.

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Microsoft delivers online home schooling classes

Microsoft Ireland is rolling out thrice weekly online classes to allow students mix digital learning with fun during the schools’ shutdown. Participants will have opportunities to programme their very own piece of music, design their own retro game or be introduced to the world of coding through Minecraft.

The at-home digital learning experience is aimed at 6-16 year-olds, but all students can get involved and parents and teachers are expected to join in the fun.

A different session will be hosted at 1pm on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays, starting tomorrow, April 1.
Source: Irish Independent – 31/03/2020

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National Council for Special Education Online resources

Online Resources divided into section for Parents and for Teachers to support children with additional needs.

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Rosetta Stone Language Learning

Rosetta Stone Language Learning for students is free for the next three months.
Date: 01/04/2020

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Resources for Second Level Students on Padlet

Clare Education Centre has produced a one stop shop for all second level students to help them keep up to date.
Date: 07/04/2020

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Become  Your Family Story Collector

Why not explore the memories and stories of your family and start daily recorded phone interviews. The lives of your grandparents, older neighbours or older family members were very different to yours. By listening to and recording their memories you will embark on a journey that will help you understand more about their life, background, as well as your own family history and heritage. Guidelines are provided by Dr. Tomás McConmara

Source: Dr Tomás McConmara, Oral Historian – 09/04/2020

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Google’s Arts & Culture Platform

Google has partnered with 1,200 leading museums and archives to show their exhibits online and offer virtual tours. Other museums also have their own virtual tours, including the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Vatican Museum in Rome, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC
Date: 01/04/2020

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National Council for Special Education Online resources

Online Resources divided into section for Parents and for Teachers.

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Khan Academy

Wikipedia says Khan Academy is a non-profit educational organization created in 2008 by Salman Khan with the goal of creating a set of online tools that help educate students. The organization produces short lessons in the form of videos. Its website also includes supplementary practice exercises and materials for educators. This free access site covers not only maths, but science at all levels. US based voices for videos but top quality website.

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Microsoft delivers online home schooling classes

Microsoft Ireland is rolling out thrice weekly online classes to allow students mix digital learning with fun during the schools’ shutdown. Participants will have opportunities to programme their very own piece of music, design their own retro game or be introduced to the world of coding through Minecraft.

The at-home digital learning experience is aimed at 6-16 year-olds, but all students can get involved and parents and teachers are expected to join in the fun.

A different session will be hosted at 1pm on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays, starting tomorrow, April 1.
Source: Irish Independent – 31/03/2020

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National Council for Special Education Online resources

Online Resources divided into section for Parents and for Teachers to support children with additional needs.

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Parents

Tips for Parents on Back to School

Barnardos have produced a leaflet for parents on helping to get back to school with 5 key points including minding yourself.

25/08/2020

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Easy to read booklet on Covid 19

This Irish Government website has put this booklet together with clear message, less words and more images to make it easy to get the key messages to famlies and children.

21/07/2020

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Resources for parents of children in primary and secondary school

This Irish Government website has a list of good quality links to help parents with children of all ages.

20/07/2020

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Ultimate Parents Survival Guide to Summer

All sorts of interesting things to help children stay busy and interested over the next few month. Ideas are divided into age groups

15/06/2020

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Community Education: Lots of learning for adults

Information on Yoga and Mindfulness, Horticulture, Local History, Painting and Drawing etc.., a great opportunity to learn from home and see what is available through Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board – Community Education Service. Padlet is safe, free and easy to use and all information has been put on Padlet by LCETB tutors.

 03/06/2020

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Hunt Museum from Home

The Hunt Museum brings you exciting, cultural and educational content to pass the time during these difficult times. There is something for everyone here: small and older children, teens to get lost in and adults to take time out and enjoy and create for themselves.

Lockdown with Limerick Artists has a number of resource packs with fabulous ideas to try.

Source: Hunt Museum 03/06/2020

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Self-care for Kids: 8 Practical Ways to Promote your Child’s Mental Health on a Daily Basis

Expert advice on how parents can do normal everyday things with their child that make a big difference to mental health.

02/06/2020

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16 Tips to help you cope in the new world we live in

Very easy to read, clear and simple ideas to help you cope with world of Covid 19

Source: Parents Plus 21/05/2020

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Looking after your heart, body and mind during Covid 19

Lovely resources in a drop down menu, mostly in visual format, key messages or short videos, good information for all the family.

Source: Barnardos 08/05/2020

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4 Steps to help Familly Relations during Covid 19

Great ideas on 1. Managing your own stress. 2. Attending to adult relationships. 3. Talking to children and teens. 4. Creating a routine.

Source: John Sharry, Founder Parents Plus Charity

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Guide on Getting Teens to keep to Covid Restrictions

Some tips for parents as this goes through a variety of situation and how to help teens and parents manage.

Source: John Sharry, Founder Parents Plus Charity

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Guide on Behaviour for Children with Additional Needs by National Council for Special Education

Useful ideas on looking at what is happening at home and offers alternative ideas to deal with concerns.

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Tips for Parenting when Separated during Covid 19

Clarecare have produced some tips to help parents who are separted. 05/05/2020

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Parenting Tips during Covid  One on One time at Home

Really good pointers on ideas how to give each child attention each day

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Parenting Tips during Covid Learning Through Play

Ideas for play to share with your child

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Parenting Tips during Covid Structuring the Day

Really good pointers on ideas how to create a routine each day

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Parenting in Crowed Homes and Communities

Some ideas on  staying safe during Covid if living in larger groups/communities

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Parenting Tips during Covid Managing Bad Behaviour

Really good pointers on ways of deflecting bad behaviour

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Parenting Tips during Covid When we get angry

Really good pointers on When we are angry

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Confinement and your kids. Tips to change negativity positive

Seven tips from experts on how to support children through the continuing crisis, in the hope that they will be able to look back on this as no more than a blip in their childhood, perhaps with even some life-affirming benefits, rather than a scarring ordeal.

Source: Irish Times 29/04/2020

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Help from Experts during Covid 19 on staying well as a family

Health Service Executive has three documents for giving some advice and support:

Parent Worry: ”Am I doing enough?”     Read More

Minding our minds and bodies   Read More

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Tips for Parenting

Lots of useful information for parents with key messages on what works best for children and families at different ages and stages.  

Source: Tusla – 21/04/2020

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Mental Health Support

Advice on how to mind your mental health during the Corona Virus outbreak. 

 22/04/2020

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Parentline

Parentline offers support/information/guidance, to parents and is non-judgmental and confidential. 

Phone (1890 927 277 or 01 8733 500) Monday-Thursday 10am-9pm, Fridays, 10am-4pm. 

21/04/2020

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How to turn a cramped home into a learning friendly space. Tips for Parenting

Some ideas on making it easier to learn from home.

Source: Irish Times – 21/04/2020

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My kids have too much homework and I’m struggling to cope. What can I do?

A question many parents are asking. Some ideas and ways to manage at home are included.

Source: Irish Times- 21/04/2020

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Tips for Home Schooling

Source: Irish National Teachers Organisation – 18/03/2020

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Autistic Children Support Middleown Centre Website

The Centre was established in 2007 by The Department of Education and Skills Ireland and the Department of Education Northern Ireland to: Support the promotion of excellence throughout Northern Ireland and Ireland in the education of children and young people with Autistic Spectrum Disorders

21/04/2020

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WHO – Ideas for Parents supporting their Children during Crisis

Some useful tips for parents for young children to teens on spending so much time together.

Source: World Health Organisation – 16/04/2020

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11 top tips for non-teachers faced with home schooling

Source: RTE.ie – 26/03/2020

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A little goes a long way with home schooling, say experts

Primary school teacher Ailbhe Forde, who teaches second class at a school in south Dublin, says that a little goes a long way with teaching from home. David Coleman, Clinical Psychologist suggest parents should not put themselves under too much pressure to replicate the work of teachers in the home.
Source: RTE online – 20/03/2020

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‘Start really small’: Teachers share their top tips for remote learning

The sudden shift from classroom to remote teaching has plunged many teachers into uncharted waters. But there is lots of support and advice available.
Source: Irish Times – 26/03/2020

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Learning Points: Get Creative to Keep the Family Ticking Over

Whatever the age of the child it is important that you set the culture in the house and plan each days activities so that your children are productive, healthy and entertained while they navigate this uncertain time.
Source: Irish Examiner – 25/03/2020

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Coping with Stress

Simple clear leaflet by World Health Organisation
Source: WHO

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Free Online Resources available during COVID – 19

Education and Training Board Library has created a list of non-educational products, services and resources that have been made freely available during the COVID-19 pandemic. Good links for parents to enjoy and links to free access to Now TV, music and theatre.
Source: ETBI – 31/03/2020

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Wide range of Free Online Resources available during COVID – 19

Additional Resources available on COVID19.ShaneHastings.EU /giveback/ has a list of services available free for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. There are many categories from

Education: including free eBooks, audio books, online magazines, online courses and education supports.

Health and Wellbeing : includes Meditation, Yoga Apps, Workouts and Parental support.

Entertainment: Free NowTV, Theatre productions, Museums Music: includes Free lessons,

Concerts classical, opera and gigs Also Sport, Technology and Business Resources​

Business and

Technology

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Timely advice for coping with the screenager in our lives

At a time when teenagers are confined to home, Richard Hogan’s new book has useful tips for parents.
Source: Irish Times – 25/03/2020

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Maria Steen’s guide to home-schooling your children

I have home-schooled my four children. Don’t panic and try to enjoy it.
Source: Irish Times – 23/03/2020

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Google’s Arts & Culture Platform

Google has partnered with 1,200 leading museums and archives to show their exhibits online and offer virtual tours. Other museums also have their own virtual tours, including the Louvre in Paris, the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Vatican Museum in Rome, and the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC
Date: 01/04/2020

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Baking Idea

A Step by Step way to make Ruggelach Pastry by Liam Lewis Chef and Tutor with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.

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15 minute exercise routine

Created by Michelle Bradley, Tutor with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.

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5 minute Meditation Audios for calm start to your day.

Created by Claire Connellan, Tutor with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.