Clara’s Corner June Edition!

Welcome to our June Edition of Clara’s Corner!

This month Clara will be reviewing three books, ‘Night Flight’, ‘Always Carry You With Me’ & ‘There’s a Tiger on the Train’!

Don’t forget to use the code ‘CLARA’ at checkout to get 10% off all books included in Clara’s Corner.

Continue reading

Get Your Little Ones Ready for Big School!


As the transition from preschool to primary school approaches, excitement fills the air for both children and their parents. This significant milestone marks the beginning of a new chapter in a child’s educational journey. At ABC School Supplies, we understand the importance of supporting young learners during this  time. That’s why we’ve created the “Prepare for Primary Packs,” a thoughtfully curated collection of essential items designed to equip your little ones with the key skills they need for starting big school.

Continue reading

Introducing: Clara’s Corner!

Hi everyone!

Welcome to Clara’s Corner. I am so delighted to have been invited by the team in ABC to talk to you every month about one of my biggest passions, children’s literature!

Each month I’m going to review and recommend three gorgeous texts and share some suggestions for extension activities to suit the classroom and some things to try if you’re
reading at home.

Looking forward to sharing lots of great recommendations with you over the coming months.

Happy reading!


Continue reading

Primary Schoolbook Scheme 2024 Information Announced!

May 8th 2024:

This morning the Department of Education has announced the budget for the Primary Schoolbook Grant 2024/25. The Schoolbooks scheme was introduced to remove the cost from families of funding schoolbooks, workbooks, copybooks and stationery for children and young people. These schemes provide funding for pupils enrolled in primary and special schools across Ireland under the Free Education Scheme.

You can read the official article from the Department of Education here. We have also summarised the article for your convienence below.

Continue reading

New Innovative Irish Phonics Programme! 🌈

Fónaic le Fís is an innovative Irish phonics programme empowering young learners to grasp Irish phonetics and master reading and blending skills for a comprehensive language experience.

Fónaic le Fís is a systematic programme aligned with the Primary Language Curriculum and based on modern research on the ‘Science of Reading’ to cover:

  • Phonological Awareness
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • Phonics
  • Reading Skills

Continue reading

NEW Move Write Handwriting Programme, by Dr. Sinead McCauley Lambe

The Move Write pupil books are developmentally designed to support the introduction of print or cursive handwriting styles, dependent on your learners’ developmental needs.

Each book is accompanied by a FREE Prepare to Write Pupil Book presenting 20 step-by-step drawings that are based on nine geometric shapes from the Beery test of visual integration.

Continue reading

The New Primary Curriculum: What will the school day look like?

It’s been nearly a quarter of a century since the completion of the last primary curriculum in Ireland. The release of a new primary curriculum framework, following several years of consultation, seeks to align with numerous changes and better equip children for the demands of the 21st century.

What are the key priorities driving this change? And how might they reshape the contemporary classroom?

Continue reading

6 Top Tips for Developing Mindfulness in the Nursery

Introducing mindfulness and meditation in the nursery can improve children’s wellbeing and mental health, as well as helping them to focus on learning. In celebration of World Meditation Day, we have collated six top tips for introducing mindfulness and meditation to your setting. From guided meditation for kids to increasing mindfulness in the EYFS – we’ve got you covered.

Continue reading

Simple summer early years crafting ideas you MUST try!

Good weather, crafting activities and summer can only mean one thing…outdoor crafts!

There is nothing better than getting crafty in the sunshine and for the best ideas to engage early years learners in this wonderful weather, we turned to our brilliant brand rep @my_three_little_strawberries for some inspiration and they’ve shared their favourite sunny day outdoor crafting ideas for you to try.

Best of all, these ideas are quick and easy and something which parents, guardians and care givers can try at home too.

Continue reading