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NCSE Online Resources  
The NCSE have provided a list of online resources for parents of children with additional needs. It includes very useful information from Speech & Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists. There is also information on sensory processing, developing attention & listening skills and supporting children with ASD during this difficult time.

Health & Well-being
Well-being Journal
Author Fiona Forman has released a free Well-Being Journal for children. The Weaving Wellbeing Programme (which is used in our school) gives children the opportunity to weave positivity into their daily lives. It includes a range of activities including mindfulness to help our children to feel positive, happy and strong.

P.E. with Joe
Joe Wicks hosts a daily 30 minute PE lesson live at 9:00am. If you miss it, you can always catch up later or choose an easier, or more challenging, workout. The aim is to keep healthy and active even when staying at home!

Yoga for Kids
Join Sophia Khan as she leads a fun and family-friendly introduction to yoga.

Go Noodle
Go Noodle has lots of mindfulness videos and movement activities and that provide short bursts of activity.

Social stories
Social stories are a great way to teach children about an event or a social skill. There are lots of free printable social stories available on:

Literacy suggestions, resources and links:
Read a book with your child:  Spend 10/15 minutes reading together for no other reason than the enjoyment of reading a book. You can read for your child or they can read for you.

Animated read aloud video stories:-

Oxford Owl – Free ebook library (levelled readers)

Free Collins ‘Big Cats’ ebooks:
Click on the Teacher portal and enter Username: / Password: Parents20!

David Walliams: free audio stories

Fairy Tales, bedtime stories and poems for children

Reading games:

Jolly phonics songs :

Websites with online phonics games:

Sight words / High frequency words

SNIP Literacy Programme
This programme is aimed at increasing reading and spelling. It is broken up into three levels can be downloaded for free and printed.
Part 1:
Part 2:
Part 3:
This is a useful video showing how to use the programme:-

Fry Sight word phrases: (practise reading three new phrases each day).

Oral language suggestions
- Play a game (eg: 20 questions). There are some nice suggestions on this website:
- Discuss a story that your child has read. Ask questions – Who? What? Where? When? Why? What if?  
- Arrange a video call / facetime with a relative or friend from school who they miss.
- Rainbow Oral Language Programme -  (Junior Infants to 2nd Class).

Numeracy resources and links:
Maths at our house –
This website provides some ideas for how you can raise awareness and share maths using everyday experiences and resources found around your home.

Addition and Subtraction workbook: (use 100 square if needed)

Multiplication and Division workbook: (use multiplication square if needed)

Free online maths games for all class levels:-
- Topmarks –
- IXL -
- Sumdog -

An illustrated maths dictionary for kids –

Problem-solving:- (activities for all class levels)

Other ideas:
General Knowledge: free online stay at home quiz of 20 questions each day.

Lego challenge: Encourage your child to have fun and use their imagination by completing a daily challenge:

This website has lots of ideas to help your child learn -
Twinkl are offering unlimited access to every resource for every curriculum subject from Junior Infants to 6th class. Set up an account  - go to and enter the code CVDTWINKLHELPS
Board Games – board games are a fantastic way to increase vocabulary development, improve reasoning skills and have fun with family (Scrabble, Pictionary, Connect 4, Snakes & Ladders ..etc)

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