Little rhymes and poems are an important part of the infants day. We decided to record our weather for a month and we also learned some rhymes related to the weather especially 'rain'. Above you can see beautiful artwork. Who can you see under the umbrellas?
A Squash and a Squeeze by Julia Donaldson
We love Julia Donaldson in Seomra Eirí na Gréine. Our story this week was called 'A Squash and a Squeeze'. Instead of teacher reading out the story, we listened to it from a CD. It was nice to hear different voices and it really brought the story to life. We particularly enjoyed to repeat what the old lady said, 'Wise old man, won't you help me, please? My house is a squash and a squeeze'. Senior Infants loved cutting and pasting the characters onto their story-maps. They really enjoyed telling the story in their own words.
The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywell
This book is a very witty and enjoyable read. Duncan learned a lot more about his colours than he expected. This also got seomra Eirí na Gréine thinking about their colouring too!! The colours expressed their feelings and concerns to Duncan by writing sweet letters to him. We couldn't wait to hear what they had to say. Despite their complaints they still remained his friend and Duncan made them very happy in the end. Then we decided to take the opportunity to gather information from Junior and Senior Infants - What's your favourite colour? Ms. Griffin put together a graph with the results. We counted the boxes to make sure everyone was included. Can you tell what the most popular colour is?
Stick Man by Julia Donaldson
Stick Man was one of our first stories to read in Seomra Eirí na Gréine. Stick Man lived with his Stick Lady Love and their stick children until one day he was torn from them. The children loved the adventure Stick Man experienced but empathised with what he endured. He tried desperately to get back to his family. We looked at the passing of time as Stick Man battled through all the seasons until he finally made it home in time for Christmas. The children illustrated some parts of the story through their art work above. They really enjoyed repeating over and over again poor Stick Man's mantra, " I'm Stick Man, I'm Stick Man, I'M STICK MAN, that's me!!!"
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore
This magical classic intensified the excitement of Christmas and of Santa's arrival. The book is full of beautiful illustrations. Junior and Senior Infants really enjoyed this poem and loved finishing off the sentences while teacher read it out.