I am a Senior Infant Teacher and work with Aistear every day.
This Teacher Handbook contains the areas of:
- 14-page teacher guide to Aistear with the following areas covered:
Welcome and Introduction to Aistear
What is play and what is Aistear?
What Aistear is not.
NCCA and play
Resources-list of all the resources the teacher will need for a play-based infant classroom.
Planning-how to plan easily using a play-based methodology
Assessment and Aistear
14 separate plans for play/Aistear-6-8 pages long.
10 sets of role-play cards to accompany all the socio-dramatic areas within the plans included.
11 slideshows to accompany the plans included-all written and tailored for infant classroom and their language levels with bright, colourful pictures.
The lessons plan contain sections on:
o Discussion ideas-Before the child-led play session of Aistear, the teacher might like to introduce it with the new language and concepts of the theme. I have designed a slideshow specifically for the theme and have included the text that is on slideshow for the teacher to read as well. *NEW
o Display ideas
o Full list of resources-broken up into what you need to buy/find and should have in the classroom.
o List of books to suit theme
o Suggested Weblinks-videos and organisations to help your class learn through the theme.
o Nursery rhymes, songs and poems to suit theme.
o Visits and visitors to Aistear classroom ideas
o Socio-dramatic ideas
o Small world ideas
o Construction ideas
o Sand/Soap table ideas
o Water ideas
o Play-dough ideas
o Junk Art ideas
· A pdf of a slideshow
· Vocab cards for the role-play/socio dramatic area.
I understand that Aistear is currently working in a big class of children with often only one teacher or adult helper. I also understand they most classes may not have water stations or sinks so have given a few ideas. I have tried to strike a balance between little preparation and huge preparation.
These are all ideas that can be implemented using a play methodology in any Irish classroom. These are ideas I have either invented or seen teachers on the net or schools use. No idea is trademarked, thankfully! I have just compiled them into one document for ease of use.
Enjoy and have fun playing!
Note: Detailed breakdown below.
September: Autumn (slideshow and role-play cards) and Pirates (role-
play cards only)
● October: Halloween (PowerPoint and role-play cards)
● November: Winter and Hospital (doctor and nurses), (role play and
● December: Christmas
● January: Plants/Growing (slideshow and role-play cards)
● February: Farm and Spring
● March: Saint Patrick’s Day (slideshow and role-play cards) and Pets
(slideshow and role-play cards)
● April: Water (slideshow and role-play cards)
● May: Summer (slideshow and role-play cards)
● June: The Zoo (PowerPoint)
Powerpoints (14) autumn, winter, spring, summer, pirates, winter, hospital,
christmas, hospital, plants, farm, St. Patrick’s Day, pets, water, the zoo.
Role-play cards (11) autumn, pirates, halloween, hospital, winter, plants,
Saint Patrick’s Day, pets, water, summer, the Zoo.