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By Clara Fiorentini

Sunday, 26 April 2020

Literacy on the Loose - videos & resources for parents

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Last week I took part in a collaborative project between Trinity College Dublin, Marino Institute of Education and Clare & Limerick ETB, sharing simple & informal ideas and tips for parents to help promote, foster and practice emergent literacy at home.

A recording of the webinar will be available soon and I will share the link as soon as it is online.

In the meantime you will find the entire playlist of videos from the 'Literacy on the Loose' webinar containing the various tips, ideas and suggestions for parents on Trinity's YouTube page. They each contain some really wonderful information about opportunities for literacy within the home.

Myself and my MIE colleague, Jennifer O'Sullivan shared some ideas for 'Literacy in the Kitchen'.

All the tip cards from the video can be downloaded here - Literacy in the Kitchen: Tip Cards for Parents

You can also download the 'If it is not a....' (kitchen edition) here - 20 new challenges to try!


Literacy is everywhere!


Tuesday, 21 April 2020

I'll tell you a story about Johnny Magory...

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Have you heard about Johnny Magory?

I have to admit, when I heard 'Magory', it stopped me in my tracks as it brought me back to a bedtime story my Grandad used to tell me many moons ago.

I received the most beautiful package in the post last week from Emma-Jayne, the author of the Johnny Magory series. Emma-Jayne very kindly gifted myself & Luca a set of her beautiful books which we have been thoroughly enjoying every day since!

The Johnny Magory series is an Irish publication by Emma Jayne Lesson depicting the tales of a lively young boy, Johnny Magory 'a few years old; usually good but sometimes bold'.  Johnny finds himself in andventures and mishaps - scenarios that we can all relate to; be it through the eyes of the adult or the child. Beautifully written, carefully crafted, brimming with fun and learning. The illustrations are a real treat - in fact one of the texts, Johnny Magory and the Forest Fleadh Cheoil is illustrated by none other than the reknowned, Mr. Don Conroy! 

Be it for your classroom or to have at home, I can assure you these texts will be much loved, much enjoyed and definitely treasured for many years to come. 

The text has been carefully crafted and composed in a manner than suits very young children right up to 1st / 2nd class. Guaranteed Irish, the texts are written, edited, illustrated and printed in Ireland. Additionally, 1 from the sale of each book goes to the CMRF Crumlin.
For more information, free resources and details of Emma-Jayne's workshops, see

This is not a paid / sponsored / affiliated post - just a genuine review of a truly unique and wonderful Irish publication! 

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