The First Day

  • Start with a good breakfast.
  • Come to the class on time on the day.
  • Give a hug, say good-bye, give an assurance that you will collect him/her at the proper time -Then leave! Almost all children are busy and happy within minutes of their parents leaving.
  • New Infants are usually very tired when they start school first, so please help them by making sure they go to bed early.
  • From the start the children will be in school for the full Infant day: 9.00am. – 1.45pm.
  • At 1.45pm. the teachers will bring the children out to the play ground for collection.
  • Please ensure you are on time. Your child’s ability to separate from you will be enhanced if they know you will be there on time.

The First Year:

Starting school is a milestone in the life of your child.  You can help to make this transaction easier for you child by providing safe opportunities for him/her to spend time away from you and with other children in order to learn how to share and take turns.  Your child will have an opportunity to visit the classroom / school in June and will thus be familiar with the school setting.

All Children are Different:

In school we encourage each child to do his / her best through individual, group and whole class activities.  All children learn at their own pace.  Just as children walk and talk at different stages, they also read and write when they are ready.

Formal reading is not undertaken until year 2 i.e. Senior Infants.

Help your Child to be Independent by Training him / her:

  • To use the toilet, wash and dry hands without help.
  • To put on and take off his/her coat and do and undo buttons and zips
  • To open and close schoolbags, lunch boxes and drink containers.
  • To use a tissue/handkerchief when needed.
  • To recognise his/her own belongings.

Ways you can Help your Child Grow:

  • Give your child time, spend time together.
  • Talk to your child and encourage him/her.
  • Listen attentively to your child.
  • Read and enjoy stories together. Talk about the story.
  • Repeat Nursery Rhymes.
  • Identify colours and shapes.
  • Provide paper, crayons for colouring and scribbling.
  • Help him/her to cut out using safe scissors.
  • Allow sand and water play.
  • Have fun together.
  • Praise his/her efforts at every opportunity.
  • Don’t criticise.

If children feel you have confidence in them they will feel they can achieve. In short, do as little for your child and as much with your child as possible. Education is a life long journey. We want your child’s first steps to be as positive as possible.
Join us as we walk the path of learning together.

Children Learn what They Live.

  • If a child lives with criticism, he learns to condemn.
  • If a child lives with hostility, he learns to fight.
  • If a child lives with shame, he learns to feel guilty.
  • If a child lives with tolerance, he learns to be patient.
  • If a child lives with praise, he learns to appreciate.
  • If a child lives with fairness, he learns justice.
  • If a child lives with security, he learns to have faith.
  • If a child lives with acceptance and friendship,

 

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