Little Miss Teacher Blog

By Clara Fiorentini

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Teaching around the World!

 Have you ever thought about your teaching counterparts? Or what going to school is like in different parts of the world? Many of those we went to college with are scattered around the globe teaching too and can have very different working days to ourselves!

Check out this fab infographic which Nicola from Wyzowl sent me recently. You might find some of this information interesting to know or even useful to teach your students about going to school around the world! I don't know how I'd feel about starting school at 7am everyday in Brazil though!!


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Summer Art in Junior Infants

Hello everyone,

Summer holidays are ALMOST upon us and dare I say it the sunshine is back with a bang today!! Please let it stay!

What's nice about this time of year is all the lovely Summer activities you can spend time on! It's such a hectic time, I like having lots of activities to keep everyone busy, engaged and learning!

It is a great time of year for lots of lovely art, and here are a few of the things we've  been up to!

We've been working on some summer symmetry drawing.....and for infants I was super impressed with their little masterpieces!

My summer symmetry pages can be found here:

We've also made some nice summery sunflowers this week too. 
Easy peasy but effective! Handprint petals, finger print centre and painting stems and leaves freehand. 

Tomorrow we have to finish our Dandelions, these are cute and very effective on nice blue card!


I've a list a mile long of other lovely art to do over the next 10 days...not a chance that we'll get through it all, but what we do, I'll be sure to post!

Over & out,


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

A Little Bit of Book Heaven......

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a lovely bank holiday week! I ventured down to the west of the country for the weekend to lovely Galway! On Monday afternoon we took a stroll through town and I was introduced to the gem that is, Charlie Byrne's Bookshop. Talk about book heaven!! Every nook and cranny is crammed with every book under the sun! It's packed to the rafters...but in the best possible way! I haven't been a bookshop with such character in ages. I think my aunt may have regretted bringing me in for she couldn't get me out! By the time I left I just want to find a bay window and curl up and read!

Now of course, the teacher in me got sidetracked in the Children's section and couldn't resist picking up a few things from there!

As you may have noticed, I am addicted to buying picture books at the moment, and sure I couldn't get out of Charlie Byrne's without picking up another two!!

The first one was 'The Dumb Bunnies'.
At first I thought, hmmmm but because it was recommended I thought I'd have a snoop. I was lol-ing out loud in no time. It's like a parody of the fairytales and by the author of 'Captain Underpants', Dav Pilkey. And as a lovely note in the bookshop mentioned, their books are for the enjoyment of boys AND girls, and I'm 100% sure this one will go down a treat with all my little ones! And!! It was only €4.

The next one I picked up was 'Dogs don't do Ballet'.
Another little bargain at only  3. This is a gorgeous story by Anna Kemp, a really feel good one about having the biggest dreams...who's to stop you following them?! 

Another which I absolutely fell in love with was 'Specs for Rex' by Yasmeen Ismail. 
The cutest little story about Rex who gets glasses and is not impressed with them at all! Rex spends the story finding funny little places to hide these dreaded specs!

Lastly, I had a flick through this one in store but didn't buy it and really regretted it...... so I went and picked it up elsewhere today! 

'Imaginary Fred' by Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers. It's fabulous. It raises the issue of imaginary friendship and it's just lovely. It's a story that leaves a lot of food for though and one that I feel you could use in so many classes through the school.Well worth checking out.

So those are my little literary suggestions for this week and if you're in Galway, make a little spin to Charlie Byrne's a won't be disappointed!!

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Over & out,

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