I hope you are all keeping well and your families are all safe. This is a very challenging and stressful time for everybody, including children. Many of them are worried about some of the things they have seen on TV, social media or overheard from people.
In order to avoid stress for both parents and children regarding school work we have put together some activities and ideas that you may find helpful.
We all need to look after our physical and mental health at this time. Spending time talking to your children and doing activities with them would be very beneficial. Above everything else, it is important that the children have some structure to their day and that they enjoy what they are doing as they will be missing the structure and routine of school as well as the friendship and support of their peers.
In the meantime, take care and mind yourselves.
National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)
The Department of Education and Skills’ NEPS psychologists have developed advice and some resources for young people to manage and stay well when schools are closed. Please click on the link below. https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/information-for-schools-preschool s-and-third-level-institutions-on-the-coronavirus.html#15
There are lots of amazing resources online to assist home learning. The following is just a selection:
https://www.seomraranga.com/ is offering a free daily quiz (answers must be in by 3pm!) offering a daily prize of a €20 gift voucher, the winner each day will be announced on Twitter.
https://www.twinkl.ie/offer is offering free access to parents: enter the code IRLTWINKLHELPS.
https://dabbledoomusic.com/p/parents-subscription-full-access/product_id=1122889&coupon_code=19924I Dabbledoo music programme, free at home access
https://www.typingclub.com/ (a free online site to learn touch typing skills)
http://khanacademy.org (free online Maths lessons)
https://scratch.mit.edu/ (online coding tutorials and challenges)
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/ (online games for maths and English practice)
https://rtejr.rte.ie/10at10/ (10 at 10, get active in English and as Gaeilge!)
https://www.youtube.com/artforkidshub (lots of drawing tutorials for kids to follow)
https://www.scoilnet.ie/scoilnet-services/world-book/ (excellent, reliable, age-appropriate information source for students)
https://www.librariesireland.ie/join-your-library (as the libraries are currently closed you can use your library card details or sign up at this link to get temporary card details, use the BORROWBOX app to download 5 books/ audiobooks as you would from the library)
A great day was had recently when pupils in the Senior Room attended a basketball blitz in Castlerea.
Seachtain na Geailge was celebrated in style in Ballagh NS with a Ceolchoirm of music and dance. For more pictures, see gallery.