Go Green and Save More Than The Planet!

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We’ve gone green for the month of November, and we think you should too!

Before the chaos of Christmas sets in, we’re stressing the importance of thinking green. December will see more waste than any other month in the year with packaging, food and energy being hit the hardest.

With presents and home decorations comes bags and boxes. With Christmas nibbles and family dinners comes food wastage and foil containers. More nights out means more vehicles on the road. An increase in the use of electrical applicances means demand for power is greater. Of course, it is a magical time for many and time spent with family and friends is priceless. After a busy year, it is a well-earned break and opportunity to relax before New Year resolutions start.

It is important, however, to remember our duty and responsibility to take care of our planet for future generations to come.  Taking some time in November to conserve energy, encourage recycling and limit waste, allows us to achieve some balance in the contribution we make to our environment.

To help you with sharing this important message with your pupils, we are selling ALL our eco products at discounted prices for the month of November.

 

We are giving FREE teaching resources with each purchase made.

              

Resources will be emailed to the address given for your order.

We are sharing resources from the experts (Greenpeace and Oceana to name a few) on our social media pages which we think will be of some use in the classroom.

 

 

 Have any “go-to” lessons for teaching climate change, global warming and environmental awareness?

If you can’t get involved this year, we encourage you to still keep an eye on our social media pages and site for upcoming sale items! Our Ch******s orders have started arriving so watch this space for new prizes and resources!

 

 

Special Days, Events and Celebrations in October!

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We made it through September! Before you read any further, give yourself a big bualadh bos. It was difficult, yes. It was exhausting, yes. It was fun, no! But we made it out the other side and with all the Back to School Packs we sold, I think there should be a lot of classes out there towing the line with the promise of a prize from the teacher’s bosca. The last two months for us have been very busy and we’d like to say a big thank you to each and everyone of you who purchased a little something from our siopa. Our pupil rewards and teacher resources have been flying out the door and we are expecting deliveries of new stock this week so stay tuned for the new additions!

For now, we will take you through this busy month with a quick peek at the some of the special days, events and celebrations that October has to offer!

Space Week: October 3rd to 8th

Ireland’s newest STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Week will undoubtedly have many fans in your class. The website boasts many activities for classrooms with plenty of opportunities to get involved. The week is run in parallel with World Space Week so there’e no excuse but to get out your moonboots and tinfoil hat. 

 

World Teachers’ Day, Wednesday 5th October

Our day has come! A chance to put the feet up on the desk, have lunch served to you and a break from the tapping “Teacher, teacher, teacher”……ok maybe not but it’s a day to celebrate the profession we have chosen. Tell your class about a teacher that made a positive impact on your life, share some rice cripy buns with your pupils or read some of Roald Dahl’s “Matilda” to the class with special attention to Miss Honey and of course, the Trunchbull. Finally, give yourself a pat on the back for making it through September and for getting up everyday to guide, support and inspire the next generation.

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National Tree Day, Thursday 6th October

A popular day now well established in our calendars, National Tree Day takes place in the middle of a very busy week this year! There are plenty of resources online for primary teachers looking to mark this special day. Coillte and Planet Ark have some really worthwhile activities. Your SESE section in your cuntas míosúil will be jam packed if you manage to cover Space Week and Tree Day this year!

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Maths Week, Saturday 15th- Sunday 23rd October

A now key event in our school calendars, Maths Week has grown in popularity each year. Again, there are numerous events to get involved in but you can also integrate it into your already prepped lessons for that week. Get your class to open their “Maths Eyes” (use props if available in the younger classes!) and take notice of the maths that surrounds us. Ask a parent or member of the local community to come in and share with the class how they use maths in their workplace. Take a photograph of your shopping receipt and work through it with the class (remove the prescribed alcohol from the receipt!). 

We will have many of our Maths prizes and resources on promotion throughout the month so keep an eye out for them!

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International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Monday 17th October

The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty has been observed every year since 1993, when the United Nations General Assembly, designated this day to promote awareness of the need to eradicate poverty and destitution in all countries. Poverty eradication remains at the core of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the development of the new Sustainable Development Goals. 

Halloween, Monday 31st October

So this celebration needs no introduction or explanation. We’ll all be covering “Oíche Shamhna” lessons for the weeks leading up to the mid-term. I have used the same resources for years in different classes and just adjusted them to suit the needs and abilities of the kids at that particular level. 

Here are some ideas* for your planning:

pumpkin-cuteA Halloween cauldron filled with creepy critters is the centerpiece of this math activity, which works well at a learning center or work table. Find a large pot (such as a plastic cauldron you might find at a party or craft store). Fill the pot with an assortment of small plastic Halloween toys, such as plastic spiders, ghosts, pumpkins, eyeballs, and snakes. You’ll also need a dipper, such as a soup ladle, for students to scoop up the critters. Place the pot of critters on a table. Next to the pot, provide pattern “recipes” written on index cards. A sample recipe follows.

Spider Stew

Take two scoops of critters. Then make this pattern: 2 spiders, 2 ghosts, 1 snake Repeat the pattern three times, adding one more scoop if necessary.

Encourage students to invent new patterns, then write their own recipes on index cards and challenge other students to follow them. Students can also use the pot of critters to sort the contents in different ways, or create picture or object graphs that show how many different kinds of critters are in the pot. For a language arts connection, have students scoop a small number of critters from the pot and write a short story about the creatures.

pumpkin-cutePumpkin Patch Bulletin Board

This activity is a great way to begin the month of October. At the beginning of the month, print some copies of a pimpkin outline. Write a math fact that represents each day of the month on each of the pumpkins, or assign each student in the class a different day of the month to come up with the fact for that day. (For example, you can write the math fact 12 – 11 for October 1, 9 – 7 for October 2, 0 + 3 for October 3, and so on. Write the answer for each equation on the back of the pumpkin. Staple the pumpkins to the bulletin board in random order. Use green construction paper vines and leaves to turn the board into a pumpkin patch, if you wish.

Each day in October, challenge students to identify the pumpkin that correctly represents that day. (On Mondays, you might wish to include the weekend days, too.) Ask students to write their choices on slips of paper and place them in a box or plastic pumpkin that you pass around. Invite the student who wrote the math fact for that day to turn over the correct pumpkin. Review the box of guesses to see who guessed correctly.

Here are some other ways to use the pumpkin patch:

Each day, challenge students to come up with additional facts that equal that day’s date.

At the end of the month, have students harvest the pumpkins and try to arrange them in sequence from 1–31.

Invite students to count pumpkins by twos or fives. How many groups of each are there? How many extra pumpkins are there?

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*Ideas sourced from Scholastic Teaching Resource book entitled “Halloween

A Review from Irish Primary Teacher!

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We sent some of our prizes to the very lovely “Irish Primary Teacher” recently to see what she thought and she very kindly shared them on her website www.irishprimaryteacher.ie

See below how she rated them!

 


Prizes from Mol an Óige

I was delighted to receive some prizes and certificates from Mol an Óige yesterday.

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Mol an Óige has a huge range of stickers, pencils, badges, bookmarks, certificates, rulers, reward charts, stampers, wristbands, erasers – everything you need for stocking up your prize box! Last year I waited until after the Easter holidays before using prizes as one of the rewards when the children reached 10 points on Class Dojo. They were so excited to find something they liked from the Prize Box – the pencils, erasers and wristbands were their favourites and they got so excited to see a sticker on their copies when I thought their work was really brilliant! The prizes above will be perfect for the resource room this year.

Stickers

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The first stickers are about speaking, taking turns and talking quietly while the next set are focused on listening. The third set are about working hard while the fourth set have different praise – eating my lunch, spelling, numbers, putting my hand up etc. these will be targets for some of the children I’ll be working with this year so these stickers will be perfect!

Certificates

I used these a lot last year and the children were so excited bringing them home to their parents. They are perfect to use when a child reaches a target/ works extremely hard all day/ week.

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Sticker Collector – Bookmarks

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These come in a pack of 20 and are currently only 2 euro! Check them out here!

There are so many uses for these ‘sticker collector’ bookmarks. Children could earn stickers for

  • behaviour
  • reading books
  • tables (multiplication/division)
  • targets

I think I’ll use these initially for reading – when the child reads 10 books they get a ‘Reading Achievement Pencil’

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Or when the child knows how to spell all the Dolch list words they get a ‘Super Speller’ pencil.

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Or when the child knows their times tables – they get a times tables pencil!

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I had a few packs of pencils in the prize box from Mol an Óige last year and they were really popular. The children loved the vibrant colours of the ‘Reading Achievement’ pencils and the pencils were excellent quality – they didn’t break after 1/2 uses!

If a target is behaviour – then these badges would be a perfect prize when the child has earned 10 stickers.

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Overall I think the prizes from Mol an Óige are brilliant and theres lots of bargains and offers!

Back to School Packs are here!

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With just two weeks to go until we embark on the return to school, it is the perfect time to start selling our Back to School Packs. Last year, we sent our packs to thousands of schools around the country to help teachers get set for September.

Why were they our bestselling product for 2015-2016?  The answer is simple: Amazing products at incredible value.

We got a lot of positive feedback from teachers and principals, who were just delighted to get teaching resources and pupil prizes with just one purchase. We also got some queries about featuring other products in the pack. We have taken all the feedback and queries on board when creating this year’s pack, some products feature again with some new products being added to the pack. 

The RRP for this year’s pack is €35.15, the total cost of buying all the products individually, but we are putting them together for you for just €20

Packs will go on sale at 9am on Monday 15th August, get yours and then get back to relaxing on one of our last FREE MONDAYS!

Buy Now!