CLOVER is a super literacy programme we run here in Esker for Junior Infants with thanks to South Dublin Libraries. It stands for Children Love Reading. SD libraries sponsor us and enable us to provide a story book pack for every Junior Infant child. The aim of the programme is to promote literacy in the home. We met with the parents and our local Lucan librarian, Laura, to demonstrate to parents how to get the most out of story books and how to engage their children in reading.
All families from our school are especially welcome to join Lucan Library (beside Supervalue). There are many free services available for all ages.
Parents have been coming into our class every Friday, to share their love of books and stories with the Junior Infants. Thank you to all involved.
We will be taking our trip to the library in March. We cannot wait!
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Maths 4 Fun kicked off in this term in 1st class. We got a great group of parents to come in and learn the games, and then come into the class and play with the children.
We used simple and cheap resources like playing cards, dice, counters and crayons to play adding and subtracting games. The children really enjoyed it, and I think the parents did too!
As always, thank you to our wonderful parents for all of your time, encouragement and support, you were lots of FUN!!
Well done to all the boys and girls who won medals for 100% attendance in Term 1 this year. These children came to school every day, and made sure that they were on time.
Even if you have a dentist or medical apointment, if you come to school before or afterwards, that day counts.
Begin good habits early, and come to school every day.
We are aware that this is flu season, so if your child is sick, please keep them at home until they are better.
Congratulations again everyone!
On Friday we brought out Junior Infants along with their parents to Lucan Library as part of our CLOVER project. We took a Double Decker bus, which the children absolutely loved.
When we got there, Laura the librarian told us all about the different types of books available to borrow and showed us the lovely area especially for children. Again, she spoke about the benefits of reading to children every day. The parents then found a nice little quiet spot and read to small groups of children. Children Love Reading!! At the end of the session, every child was presented with their very own CLOVER certificate.
If you are not a member of the library, but would like to be, all you need is a photo ID and a utility bill to join. Everything is FREE!
We hope that our parents and our children keep up the great habit of reading every day together, and that they visit our local library as often as they can.
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We have run the CLOVER project in our school for a number of years now to promote literacy, and it has been a huge success. This year was no different. We loved having the parents in.
CLOVER stands for Children Learn On Very Early Reading – or Children Love Reading!
It began with an introductory meeting in school with the parents, Colette, Laura our local librarian and myself. We talked about the benefits of reading to your child regularly, and particularly about starting this habit when a child is young. This habit not only gives you quality time with your child to enjoy, but it undoubtedly will contribute to their academic success. Not only are you working on their literacy skills but giving them a love of reading. That gift is priceless!
Parents joined us on a Friday, to read to the children. We had so many volunteers that the children were able to get involved and take time to talk about the stories that were read to them. Thank you so much to everybody who got involved. I hope that you enjoyed coming into your child’s class as much as they enjoyed having you. Our CLOVER trip to Lucan library will be on Thursday 9 th of February. Everybody is welcome to hop aboard the double decker bus to read stories together in the library.
Please check out the gallery for more photos of this wonderful literacy initiative.
Term one is nearly coming to an end. Wednesday saw the end of our Garden class for parents. Audrey was our tutor, and she was great at inspiring our parents to dig, plant and create. We cannot wait to see the fruits of your labour in Spring time. The class was a great way to meet other parents in the school, and after week one it turned into a social club. Parents shared recipes, had many a cup of tea and a chat and had lots of laughs. Check out our gallery for more pictures. We will be looking for more parents to get involved with the school garden throughout the year.
I will be sending out letters in the new year, regarding other classes that are available to every parent and guardian of Esker ETNS. These classes are free and are a great way to get involved in school life.
All of our classes for adults are now up and running, and will continue until the end of December.
We have three classes for parents running at the moment. English (beginner and intermediate) which is on Tuesday morning. Collette Green is our tutor from the ETB and she has proved to be very popular with our parents.
Gardening is on a Tuesday with Audrey. There is still spaces available in this class if you fancy getting your hands dirty or you have green fingers. We have a great group of parents who have some great ideas on how to develop our school beds into a garden for the children.
If you have any questions or would like to join, please call me on 086 026 1061. Get involved, meet other parents and have some fun while learning new skills!