I called to the doctor's surgery last week. I had a sore wrist. Luckily for me, there were two hospitals in our school! This is all thanks to the fantastic Aistear program which are running in Junior and Senior Infants.
These hospitals come fully equipped with stethoscopes, syringes, scalpels. They are run by the most enthusiastic of medical teams featuring receptions, radiologist, doctors and nurses.
After making an appointment, I was whisked away to the hospital tent. Upon careful examination of my sore wrist, the doctor was only too keen to adminster an injection. In fact I had three injections in all! He also wrote a brief prescription before sending me to the pharmacy.
Maybe the medication worked but Aistear certainly is. Learning through play in this way allows for the exploration of environments which are familiar to the children. This leads in turn to opportunities to develop oral language, reading and writing. And it was just great to see the boys in Ms Rice's and Ms Martin's class having so much fun with the process.
More information on Aistear here!