I hope you're all keeping well and staying safe during the school closures and the changes that are affecting us all due to Covid 19. I understand that it is a little bit strange for children and their families at this time, but it is so important to adhere to the guidelines given by the H.S.E. to make sure that we all stay safe and reduce the amount of cases of in our communities. While we know that it's important for children to keep in contact and chat with one another, the safest and most caring way to do that at the moment is from home.
I have sent emails to all parents about the use of Edmodo and Duolingo for online learning, which included usernames and passwords for every child. If you have not already, please accept the permissions on Aladdin so that we can all get started and continue with new projects, assignments, tasks, quizzes and games to keep leaning while schools are closed. Thank you!
The Edmodo and Duolingo apps can be downloaded for free on the Google Play store and the App store for both Android and Apple devices (phones, tablets, laptops, etc). The children can also access their profiles online at Edmodo.com and Duolingo.com. Projects and assignments will be posted online via Edmodo and challenges for Duolingo will also be assigned once your child has accessed their profiles.
Until Friday 20th March, the children will carry on as normal with their Mental Maths books, My Spelling Workbook and Library reading for 25 minutes each day. The children were also asked to complete some of the activities listed on the grid that each child received last Thursday, which I will also upload here on Aladdin. I also suggested that children complete some project research on a topic of their own interest if they find the time! This is a great opportunity to learn more about the hobbies, subjects, cultures, musicians, ideas and athletes that interest or inspire them, as next week it will be back to (somewhat) normal assignments, projects, quizzes and homework.
Starting next Monday, there will be a more structured layout to the work assigned. A suggested timetable for each day will be sent so that the children can keep busy and continue with their classwork which would have been done in class.
I am here to support and guide your children as best I can in their learning, so please let me know if there is anything I can do to help! For now, I ask the children of 6th Red not to worry, to be kind and to ask what you can do at home to help your families.
The 'Smaoineamh an Lae' today comes from Leo Varadkar's Saint Patrick's day speech last night "let it be said that when things were at their worst we were at our best."
Stay safe and keep well, Giorgia