Ms Carragher's Blog
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This is a really important topic at the minute. Water Safety is paramount in this fabulous weather. PAWS -Primary Aquatics Water Safety!
The link above is for a fantastic website that will guide you through the lessons online. There are lessons for each age group and the characters are great.
Written and designed for all age groups, with beautiful illustrations, a wealth of tips and advice, and all sorts of interactive games and puzzles to reinforce the lessons learned, PAWS offers simple common sense and every parent is more than qualified to guide their children through the lessons.
Please have a look at the website & lessons 😀
The boys will become a "Paws Hero" at the end!!!
I know some boys love doing puzzles at home - he is a quick idea of how to make one if you have run out of puzzles at home!!
Simple and fun way to practice sight words, numbers, letter recognition, amounts, quantities or whatever you would like.
Simply get a sheet of paper and write words, letters, numbers, sums, etc and then get some sticky labels and repeat. Cut them up and either leave them all out for children to scan and choose a word or hand them to the child one at a time.
Children have to peel off stickers and stick over the matching word. As they get better you could introduce a timer.
Great for visual perception, matching, reading skills/number skills and fine motor skills 😃
Hello everyone!! I came across a lovely art idea that you could do with your whole family. As you all know we are literally living through history at the minute. Why not create an art piece that you will have in years to come to remember this time. We have baked clay in school before and made decorations and it works really well. Give it a go .......
PS send on any finished products if you complete this task... I'd LOVE to see them!
AsIAm submitted a question to the Minister of Health in relation to Covid-19 restrictions for individuals on the spectrum and those with additional needs. We received a response today.
Here was our question:
“Many autistic people and their families are concerned about the legal enforcement of social distancing. Some individuals may not cope if unable to keep to a routine such as visiting a favourite place or driving. Some single parents are cocooning and a drive is the only way to get their autistic loved one out and about. Also some autistic people fear getting arrested or in trouble with the Gardai. Should autistic people and their families be worried and are these journeys deemed essential? “
The response was as follows:
“Many thanks for your email. We are aware that the current restrictions are difficult for everybody and often particularly for Adults and Children with disabilities who might need more frequent outdoor breaks and who might not always live in an environment that gives easy access to suitable outdoor space.
When these current, additional restrictions came into place, a point was included to say that people can leave their home – for vital family reasons, such as providing care to children, elderly or vulnerable people.
This would also provide for those people with disabilities and/or their carers who might have additional needs in relation to access to outdoor breaks and time. The situations that you outline in relation to going for a drive would reasonably be included here as well.
If required, local service providers can provide a letter to parents/carers confirming that the person is a service user with special needs and would benefit from additional outdoor breaks for health reasons.
We know that Gardai will take a pragmatic approach in these situations.
I hope this is of some reassurance . I also want to take the opportunity to extend warmest thanks to organisations like yours who I know provide invaluable support and reassurance to many people in these unusual and challenging circumstances.”
As you all know I love to bake. Over the last year I've enjoyed baking in our school kitchen with the boys. We have great fun gathering all our ingredients and heading up to the kitchen. We have fun reading our recipes and getting organised. The boys take turns to weigh the ingredients and put everything in the bowl. It can get messy at times but that's part of the fun.
If you are baking at home I'd love to see your creations... and feel free to share your recipes too 😃
Here are a few simple recipes you might like to try at home!
In our class the boys absolutely love doing art activities.... Here are a few simple activities that you could do with materials you might have at home! Go on.... give them a go!!!
I will add some more ideas as we go along.
Maybe some of you have made other creations at home.... I'd love to see them. Send on your photos to email@example.com
Remember everyone.... Stay Safe 😎🌞
As we all know it is so important to keep active during this time. In school the boys love getting active in our soft play area. Here are some of the activities that the boys do in school..... Now its your turn to give them a go at home 😃
We have been so lucky with the fabulous weather over the Easter break. I'm taking full advantage of it and getting out for lots of exercise in this glorious weather 😎🌞
Stay Safe everyone!!! 😃
April 2nd is World Autism Awareness day and the month of April is Autism Awareness month. It is a time to promote awareness of autism, acceptance of autism and most importantly to celebrate people with autism and all the amazing things they can teach us every day.
This is a difficult time for everyone but in particular for people with autism whose whole world has changed. Their routines are gone, they may not be able to visit their favourite people or places and they may not understand what is going on. This year AsIAm is running a #flyforautism campaign. Here’s what you have to do:
AsIAm is also doing a survey for people with autism and their families to see how they can best help during this time. Check it out here if you can: https://asiam.ie/survey-asiam-help-covid-19/