Student Favourite: Incredible Incredibox

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Music: Composition, Musical Notes, Student Favourite | Posted on September 17, 2014

Donkey Kong Country Beatbox and Spraycan
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We enjoy making music in real life.

We also enjoy making virtual music.

Incredibox is a great website.

They made us an invitation

we can’t refuse;

to become the conductor of

a group of human beatboxes.

 

Click on this link to try it.

This activity is fast becoming

one of our favourites.

But we warn you; it can be addictive ;)

Blogging Skills: We used a newspaper clipping generator.

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Blogging Skills | Posted on September 16, 2014

Bruno enjoyed working with the

newpaper clipping generator from Fodey.com

newspaper

Blogging Skills: Today we are learning to embed code

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Blogging Skills, Embedding Code | Posted on September 16, 2014

Bruno used the text generator on fodey.com.

Then he embedded the code into this post.

 

‘An Introduction’ by Bruno (via Voki Avatar)

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Voki | Posted on September 15, 2014

Today I learned how to make Voki Avatars.

First I made one, that was quite like me.

Then I used my imagination.

I like music

and I might be a musician

when I grow up.

So I made an avatar

of a rock star.

Click on either avatar to hear 

more about me: 

‘School Rules Poem’ – in the style of Roald Dahl

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Roald Dahl | Posted on September 13, 2014

First Class have been busy.

They have written a poem about the school rules.

 

Third Class when they heard it,

thought it was like one Roald Dahl might have written.

It is catchy and funny and talks about icky things like lice.

 

Third Class decided that they would illustrate the poem.

They looked at lots of Roald Dahl books

and the illustrations by Quentin Blake.

They modelled their illustrations on his.

 

Here is the poem by First Class

with illustrations by Third: 

 

Our Classroom Rules

Don’t interrupt, put your hand up

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Seats at lunch, thanks a bunch!

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When you speak, please be nice.

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On a Thursday, check for lice

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Keep your classroom nice and clean.

Classseven.jpg

Remember that we are a team.

Flush the loo and wipe the seat

 Classtwo.jpg

And most important:

Kind words

Kind hands

Kind feet.

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Third Class, just click on the picture below to see all your pictures:

Don’t forget Roald Dahl Day is today: 

Saturday 13th September, 2014.

Why not celebrate by re-reading your favourite Roald Dahl book.

Sunday’s child…

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Language Development - Oral, Poetry, Writing Prompt | Posted on September 13, 2014

Blessings come from above ...
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And the child who’s born on the Sabbath day,

is fair and wise and good and gay.

Saturday’s child…

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Language Development - Oral, Poetry, Writing Prompt | Posted on September 13, 2014

Afghan girl at brick kiln

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Saturday’s child works hard for a living.

Friday’s child…

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Language Development - Oral, Poetry, Writing Prompt | Posted on September 12, 2014

Good Sister
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Friday’s child is loving and giving.

Thursday’s child…

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Language Development - Oral, Poetry, Writing Prompt | Posted on September 11, 2014

Scale (negativo)
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Thursday’s child has far to go.

Wednesday’s child…

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Language Development - Oral, Poetry, Writing Prompt | Posted on September 10, 2014

Ruby
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Wednesday’s child is full of woe.

Tuesday’s child…

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Language Development - Oral, Poetry, Writing Prompt | Posted on September 9, 2014

Vintage Postcard ~ Girl in Pretty Dress
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Tuesday’s child is full of grace.

Monday’s child …

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Language Development - Oral, Poetry, Writing Prompt | Posted on September 8, 2014

Vintage Postcard ~ Sweet Angel
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Monday’s child is fair of face.

Handwriting Checklist

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Handwriting | Posted on September 7, 2014

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Here is a handy checklist to help you improve your handwriting.

What do you do well? What could you improve?

Make a resolution that this year your writing is going to be

the best you possibly can make it!

 

Yes

No

Handwriting joined up

 

 

Writing all the same height

 

 

Equal spaces between words

 

 

Writing all sloping the same way

 

 

Writing looks grown up

 

 

Letters all formed the right way

 

 

Writing easy to read

 

 

Straight margins and lines. Ruler used

 

 

 

 

 

 

My New Work Station.

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Our Classroom | Posted on September 5, 2014

This day last week, the teachers returned to school.

There were no pupils, so the teachers could spend

the day getting their classrooms ready.

This year I am a Learning Support Teacher.

I share a room with two other teachers.

 

This is my work station.

After putting in some thought and time,

my students and I have a bright, comfortable

and organized place to work.

September…

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Language Development - Oral, Poetry, The Seasons, Writing Prompt | Posted on September 5, 2014

Warm September brings the fruit;

Sportsmen then begin to shoot.

Apples
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from ‘The Garden Year’ by Sarah Coleridge

Writing prompt: ‘Magical Photos of Children Playing Around The World’ from @Fascinatingpics

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in SPHE, The World Around Us, Writing Prompt | Posted on September 4, 2014

Earlier in the week I posted a writing prompt

of a series of photographs showing  

dangerous and unusual ways to come to school. 

These pictures showed how different

many children’s lives are to ours.

 

It is good to look at the differences

but it also good to look at the similarities

between children also.

 

Click on this link to see photos of children playing

from faraway and interesting places.

This pictures are from @Fascinatingpics.

Play is certainly something that children

have in common wherever they live.

 

This time I can’t choose my favourite pictures

as there are so many of them. What about you?

Do you have a favourite? Why not write about it!

 

Writing Prompt: From @BoredPanda, 25 Most Dangerous & Unusual Journeys to School in the World

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in SPHE, The World Around Us, Writing Prompt | Posted on September 1, 2014

Look what I found on Twitter!

Click on this link to see children

travelling to school in unusual ways:

I thought this would be a writing prompt

that was topical and would be fun to use.

 

My favourite photo was the one of

the boys climbing the wooden ladder

in Zhang Jiawan Village in China …

until I saw the girl on the zip wire.

Which one is your favourite?

Paidir Thurais

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Dánta, Gaeilge, Paidir | Posted on September 1, 2014

Éirigh liom, a Dhia,

#spring #march #beach #sunrise ❤️
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Fan liom i rith an lae,

Today is Almost Yesterday
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Sa bhaile

Wee Houses
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agus ar gach turas,

Luggage
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Ná lig dom dul ar strae. 

Corn maze
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A Journey Prayer: As this year’s journey begins…

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Prayer, Religion | Posted on September 1, 2014

Prayer

Back to School

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Blogging Buddies | Posted on August 31, 2014

Dionne Quintuplets - School Days / Quintuplées Dionne - Journées à l'école
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Tomorrow is our first day back in school.

Here in Ireland, it will be the first  day

of the new school year. Students will be in

new classes and may have new teachers.

 

In some other parts of the world

students move up to their new classes

early in the new year. This is true of

Australia and New Zealand for example.

 

Schools are busy places, no matter where you

are in the world.

 

Have a look at this video to see how busy

it got in Mr. Spice’s class in Aurora School

in New Zealand, on their first day back

in school in early February. They are a Year 5/6.

In Ireland that would be a 3rd and 4th class.

We love this video.

It’s our birthday. Our blog is 3 years old.

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Blogging Skills | Posted on August 31, 2014

Despicable Me Minions Birthday Cake for Simon 7
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 2011-12 was the first year of this blog.

In that year we had just 1,000 visits to our blog.

Last year we had 13,000 more.

And this year we had almost 24,000.

This makes a total of nearly 38,000 visitors in three years.

Thank you for visiting.

 

Today there are 780 posts in total on this blog.

During the first year of this blog we wrote 180 posts.

That is approximately 15 each month.

In the past two years we added 600 posts to our blog.

We calculate that is 25 each month.

Thank you for reading.

 

In the first year we had just 50 comments on our blog.

In the last two years since

we were very happy to have 925 more,

making a grand total of 975 comments.

Approximately half of these are visitors commenting

and the other half of this number is us replying.

That is how we have made friends

all over the world.

 

We LOVE to get comments

and we ALWAYS reply ;)

Thank you for commenting.

Prayer Service for the beginning of the school year (Junior Infants – 2nd)

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Prayer Service, Religion | Posted on August 31, 2014

“Jump, and you will find out how to unfold your wings as you fall [explore front page]
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Prayer Service for the Beginning of Year  

Good afternoon & welcome.

We are all here today in the hall with new friends

and old friends

and our kind teachers

and helpers.

We know that Jesus is our friend too.

 

Now we will say the Sign of the Cross

in the three ways we know how

(1. In the name of the Father…

2. As Gaeilge…

and finally;

3. God came down from heaven to earth,

to remind us to love people on this side and this side

and not to forget ourselves. Amen)

 

Candle Prayer;

Chase away the darkness.

Fill the world with light,

be a little candle flame and shine out bright’.

 

Why do we light a candle?

To remind us that God our Father in Heaven is always with us.

 

Song: This little light of mine

candle without wind
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The best way we can make a

good beginning to this school year is

to let our little light shine.

 

How can we ‘let our light shine’?

Look for suggestions from students.

 

Now it is time to say HELLO

to God our Father in Heaven.

Father in Heaven, you love me,

you  are with me night and day,

I want to love you always

in all I do and say.

I’ll try to please you Father,

please help me through the day,

Amen.

 

I’ll try to please you Father.

That is not easy.

But if we are truly sorry in our hearts,

then God our Father in Heaven will always forgive us.

Sorry
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So let’s say SORRY to God

O my God I thank you for loving me.

I am sorry for all my sins,

for not loving others and not loving you.

Help me to live like Jesus and not sin again. Amen

 

Let’s sing a sorry song; Forgive and forget


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And now it is time to say

THANKS to God

God our Father I come to say,

thank you for your love today.

Thank you for my family

and all the friends you give to me.

Guard me in the dark of night

and in the morning, please send your light.

Amen

ready to fly
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And now we’re going to sing

Thank you to God

If I were a butterfly

 

Yes today we are praying for the beginning of the school year.

For some children it has been the beginning of going to school.

There are some children who are new to the school … and some grown ups too.

 

As we begin today, let us make our beginning special

by going to the very beginning of the Bible,

where we read about the beginning of the world!


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This story is adapted from a wonderful resource

‘Bible Stories to Draw and Tell by Julie A. Petras’

if you click on the book in this link you will see

the unique and clever way, this story is presented.

 

A long, long, long, long, long time ago

there was nothing

– nothing except GOD.

One day God said to Himself

I think I’ll create some things.

 

On the first day God said, ‘Let there be LIGHT’

and there was and God said it was good.

 

On the second day God said, ‘Let there be a SKY’

and there was and God said it was good

 

On the third day God said,

‘Let the LAND be here and let the SEA be there’

and God said it was g…..

Then God put PLANTS and TREES all over the land

and God said it was ……

 

On the fourth day God said,

‘Let there be lights in the sky’

and God created the SUN and the MOON

and God said it was …….

 

On the fifth day God said,

Let there be fish in the SEA

and BIRDS in the air’

and there were and God said ……..

 

On the sixth day God said

‘Let there be ANIMALS all over the land’

and there were and God said …

 

Then God said ‘I want to create some thing really special.

Something more like me’. So God created again.

 

What do you think God made?

(People)

And God said they were

‘Great!’

 

On the seventh day God took a rest.

 

Let’s sing out the Good News;

God made our beautiful world

& God is everywhere:

Top of World / En la Cima
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If I go climbing x 3,

If I go climbing, God is there.

If I go climbing on the highest mountain,

God is there cos,

He is everywhere.

 

If I go rowing … on the widest river …

If I go swimming … to the bottom of the ocean …

If I go driving … far away …

If I go flying … on the biggest aeroplane …

If I go sleeping … on the darkest night …

 

Lord God,

Thank you for this new beginning.

Help us to make the best of it

so that we will do good growing and learning this year.

So we are going to sing our last song for today now;

We have heard the Good News.

That makes us happy, so we are going to sing;

I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.

Thanks to Louise xxxx For helping me create this image - I do like my flickr friends [Over3,000 Views]
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Great news about learning multiplication tables from @magicalmaths

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Learning Tables, The Importance of Learning Tables, Times Tables | Posted on August 28, 2014

climbing the dunes
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As the school year begins children in 3rd Class

will begin ‘climbing the table mountain’

and children in 4th will begin revising

the multiplication tables they learned in 3rd.

 

Good news from @magicalmaths who

shared this encouraging video on Twitter.

When I tell you the video is called

“How to Easily Memorize the Multiplication Table”

hopefully you will feel encouraged.

 

Scroll down this link and click on the You Tube video

by Professor Arthur Benjamin.

He cleverly reduces 100 number facts

of multiplication tables 1-10,

to just three.

Now, isn’t that good news !

 

Perks of being a Teacher – Part One

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Perks of being a Teacher | Posted on August 24, 2014

I am really looking forward to going back to school.

As a Teacher I get to work in great company.

Soon this blog will be repopulated with creative

and lovely student work instead of my own.

 

As I was tidying up I found a poem

a student composed. Working with children is affirming

and that is one of the perks of teaching:

Flat Sea
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If Teacher was… by Jessica

 

If Teacher was a sound

she would be the sound of the sea,

because she is calm.

 

If she was a colour

she would be bright yellow

because she is very bright.

 

She is sunny weather.

 

She is fruit and veg

because she has it for lunch.

 

She is a gazelle

because she leaps for joy.

 

She is a red rose

because she is lovely.

Thank you Teacher.

 

No one had ever compared me to a gazelle before ;)

 

This poem was written using an idea

we had learned about in class;

‘The Furniture Game from Sandy Brownjohn’s book,

‘Does It Have To Rhyme?’ (Hodder & Stoughton, 1980)

 

Here is a funny poem; ‘Prayer of a Teacher‘,

written by Stephanie W, another talented

student I was lucky enough to have in my class.

This one was written twenty one years ago.

Perks of being a Teacher: Part Two

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Posted by merrybeau | Posted in Perks of being a Teacher | Posted on August 24, 2014

Here is something else a student

did that I have treasured.

Róise is in the Senior Classes now,

but she gave me this at the end of First Class.

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This picture is titled ‘Teacher as a Princess’.

Nobody had ever called me that before ;)

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