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Classroom Displays
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Teachers opinions on displays can vary greatly – from colours to the amount of displays, position of display and, of course, their content. All teachers will have their own preferences and while I am no expert on classroom displays, I too have my opinions and my preferences.

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The first days of Infants
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You are getting prepared for your new infant class in September. You have your displays done, your resources ready and even your outfit planned. But what do you actually do when the children come in? What should you do to help settle them? To help them have a good impression of school? Here are a few ideas to help you plan your first day!

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Tricky Words
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Effective & proven ideas for activities to teach infants to recgonise their first 60 non-decodable words, otherwise known as Tricky Words or Dolch Sight Words.

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Materials
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Ideas for covering the topic of (construction) Materials through Aistear in your infant classroom, a topic that’s a big hit with the students.

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The Farm
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Ideas – from making a farmyard to role-playing a farmers market to planting fruit & vegetables – for the Aistear topic The Farm in an infant classroom.

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Space
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Ideas for getting creative with the Aistear topic of Space, invariably one of the most popular topics in any infant classroom.

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Spring
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From flowering gardens to the life cycle of the frog & butterfly, ideas and activities for the Aistear theme of Spring for an infant classroom.

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Winter
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Cardboard igloos, snow blankets & fake, coconut-smelling snow. Prop & activity ideas for the Aistear topic of Winter in an infant classroom.

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House Art
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An art activity linking to the topic of Myself, drawing and crafting houses from paper bags & match sticks in an infant classroom environment.

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Christmas Art
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Paper Plate Santa faces, a Christmas tree collage and a Christmas Tealight holder. Three simple Christmas-themed craft ideas that are ideal for an infant classroom.

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Work To Bee Proud Of
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Introduce a buzz into your classroom with a ‘Work To Bee Proud Of’ wall, an effective visual classroom motivator where each week every child in the class has a chance to get their work displayed.

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Save The Lid!
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A ‘Save The Lid’ campaign! Saving your glue & whiteboard marker lids for those times when lids just vanish into thin air in an infant classroom.

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Planning Documents
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A selection of downloadable long-term planning documents suitable for both Junior Infants & Senior Infant classes, all of which are fully customisable in order to be tailored to suit an individual class.

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Making The Playground Easier For Infants
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The school playground can a daunting environment for infants, both physically and socially. Effective ideas, from buddy systems to friendship groups, for improving infant integration in the playground and to help them settle into the school’s non-classroom environment.

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Junk Modelling
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It may sound ridiculous but using recyclable junk (& a creative imagination) & sticking it all together to make something is so much fun, not to mention a great promoter of fine motor, sticking & problem solving skills in an infant classroom.

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Bingo
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Bingo. A teacher’s friend. A versatile & fun game that’s great for any subject, especially Irish vocabulary, & suitable as an unsupervised activity. Ideas for structuring the activity in an infant classroom.

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Abair Liom
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Highlighting Abair Liom, the most recent (as of mid-2017) Irish programme to be published by Folens featuring. Refreshing & bringing the Irish language into the 21st century, it features a pupil workbook, a teacher’s handbook, flash cards, puppets and supplementary online digital software.

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Yellow Sorting Trays
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Yellow sorting trays. Widely available & extensively utilised in an infant classroom, used them for everything from sorting in maths to organising art materials. They are also great for simple sorting activities.

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Sandpaper Cards
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Letters, both uppercase and lower case, & number sandpaper cards. A infant classroom aid that are great for little hands and great for kinaesthetic learning.

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