St. Patrick's Day 2020
Every household is facing different challenges in the current circumstances.
Some households are encountering sickness.
Some parents are working day and night treating sick people.
Some parents are working very hard to keep our society functioning in the face of a pandemic.
Some parents have lost their jobs or are facing the threat of job losses or financial hardship.
Some households are struggling with the challenges of fear and isolation.
These challenges affect the ability of parents to continue their children's education at home.
We are very conscious of these challenges.
So, if in your household, the children can work on the homework they were given by their teachers - great. Keep it up. Reward the children for working hard.
If you run out of work - revise topics already covered. Practise reading aloud. Keep a diary. Research a topic online and start a project on it. Memorise a poem. Write a poem.
If your household is under pressure, don't worry. leave it and try again at a better time. Focus on the health and wellbeing of your family.
Exercise, nutritious food and plenty of sleep: these are the cornerstones of health.
I will continue to send you ideas for your children's education. You may or may not find them useful.
But maybe one of them will create a spark in your child or give you a few minutes of quiet.
Wednesday 18th March 2020
Start a diary. Use an old copy. Or type it on a phone, tablet or laptop. Write something each day. Inspire them by reading from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Or Anne Frank.
Try and write a little each day. It doesn't have to be a list of everything you did that day. Instead choose a funny or poignant moment and describe it well.
Illustrate it with a doodle or a small picture. Add verbal colour by using interesting words and phrases. Describe things. Children can express their feelings in a diary that they might not be able to do otherwise. Use colourful pens. Glue in interesting pictures or pieces of text. Be creative.
Slán agus beannacht,
Mark Kelly, principal.