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Review: Gross Motor Skills Development Activities

Gross motor skills are involved in the movement and coordination of the arms, legs, and other large body parts and movements. They participate in actions such as running, crawling, swimming, etc. We may notice children at yard, in the line or in our PE classes who may need support in these areas. This book aims to help teachers with activities puzzles and guides to develop those areas. These activities could be utilised in your PE class or at break/yard Read More...

Review: Fine motor skills (Prim-Ed)

Fine Motor Skills is one of a two-part publication series in the area of development of motor skills in the primary or Early years setting. The other publication is on the subject of Gross motor skills which I will be reviewing this year here at anseo.net as well. Fine motor skills is a thorough and fun way for teachers to ensure they are targeting all of the area of fine motor skills. The introduction touches on early years development and Read More...

Review: Handwriting Today and Let’s join in software:Prim-Ed

Review: Handwriting Today Cursive Writing Pupil Workbooks and Let’s join in-handwriting today software from Prim-Ed The Handwriting Today series is made up of four pupil workbooks A-D. With the new writing language curriculum ready to enfold itself upon Irish primary classrooms, teachers will need to take a look at their current handwriting pedagogy. The great news is that most of the work has been done for the teacher who wants to use a workbook! It follows a well-researched approach to Read More...

Review: The School Directory

The School Directory is a new service for schools to search for and find substitute teachers and SNAs. It enters a market where text-a-sub is king and the INTO Sub Search is not far behind it and both of them are completely free to teachers and schools. Text-a-sub from IPPN allows schools to ask for a substitute teacher and the system texts any registered subs. The sub can then call the school and a match is made. The INTO Read More...

Review: Prowise Interactive LCD Screen

We haven’t reviewed an Interactive Whiteboard for a while so it was lovely to receive an invitation from Prowise to have a look at their new Interactive LCD Screen. In the fashion conscious world of interactive screens, Interactive Whiteboards are becoming “so last season” and if you were to believe the hype, it’s all about touch-based LCD screens. There’s pros and cons to both and I wouldn’t be replacing working Interactive Whiteboards with LCD screens yet. However, if you Read More...

Review:New Wave English in Practice:Prim-Ed

Review:New Wave English in Practice:Prim-Ed I am sure that many teachers out there have used Prim-Ed’s New Wave Mental Maths books. If so, you might be interested in the New Wave English in practice books from Prim-Ed that basically use a very similar approach. The books cover different areas of the English curriculum and are a basic practice book. They start off in 1st Class and run all the way up to 6th Class, again in a similar way to the Mental Maths books. The Read More...

Everyday Literacy:Speaking and listening

Prim-Ed Review:Everyday Literacy:Speaking and listening Prim-Ed have released three books called Everyday literacy:Speaking and Listening. I am not sure what everyday literacy reference means! I am also unsure why literacy just covers speaking and listening in the title but inside the series tells us the books are focused on reading and oral language. Confusion aside leads me to another gripe. Apparently, these books are designed to “support” Aistear. It says this on the Prim-Ed website and inside there are links with Read More...

Time Matters from Prim-Ed

Time Matters from Prim-Ed These are made up of two books and do exactly what the title says and deal with the different aspects of teaching time. The authors of these books go into huge detail about time, devoting pages to the topic of time, pointing out that teaching time to children covers much more than simply telling the time! Book One is suitable for Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd Class and Book Two is dedicated to the senior classes of 3rd, Read More...

K7Math

K7Math is, as its name suggests, a mathematics resource for primary school teachers. Its name also suggests that it was designed with American pupils in mind but this web site has been adapted for the Irish primary market. In essence, K7Math is a huge portal of resources that link with every strand and strand unit in the Irish Mathematics Curriculum. After signing up, one is presented with a screen showing the user’s profile and the 3 key menus: Planning, Teaching Read More...

Review:Reading for Success Books 1-4 by Prim-Ed

Review:Reading for Success Books 1-4 published by Prim-Ed The Reading for Success Books have been written based on latest research and designed to help teachers direct lessons and independent pupil activities in five areas of reading. The research that the authors use is focussed on teaching reading by phonemic awareness, vocabulary, phonics, comprehension and fluency. The four books in this series are broken up into these five sections of reading pedagogy. A definition of the element of reading is given Read More...

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