- Science, History, Geography
- Curriculum Strands:
- Story (History), Local Studies (History), Early people and ancient societies (History), Continuity and change over time (History), Human environments (Geography), Natural environments (Geography), Living things (Science), Materials (Science)
- Counties catered for:
- Clare, Cork, Dublin, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary, Waterford
- Classes catered for:
- All Classes
During a visit from Sonia, the children use materials gathered in nature. The children are given the opportunity to use these materials in explorative, educational and creative ways. This practice connects the children to the practices of times past- where houses, baskets, clothes and boats etc. were made from materials found in the local area and teaches them valuable craft lessons such as ropemaking, basket weaving, spinning, weaving, papermaking, willow work, leather work, natural dyeing and homemade paints. Materials used include straw, rushes, willow, flax, hay, sedge grasses and various hedgerow materials.
Sonias workshops can focus on a particular era of history, a theme, an outdoor project, a green flag project or art project. Workshops can be adapted to the outdoors or the classroom and where possible Sonia would like to include the local area and or the grounds around the school. The learning which takes place can be re-enforced through folklore, poetry and storytelling and gaelige. Workshop can also focus on using creative ways to explore the outdoors.
Sonia is a professional visual artist who works with stone and paints botanical subjects as well as exploring work with many materials above and has been undertaking workshops in therapeutic centres in Dublin, schools in Cork and festivals for many years.
"Wonderful workshop. Perfectly pitched to each age group. Would love to have her back again. Recommend thoroughly."
"We are a special school. Sonia was excellent. The workshop was structured perfectly and catered for children's diverse levels of ability. They enjoyed the range of activities and had so much fun. I will highly recommend it to other teachers."
"The children really enjoyed working outdoors with Sonia."
"Such an excellent learning experience for the kids. Sonia was so well organized."
"Excellent facilitor . Very enjoyable workshop."
"We all thoroughly enjoyed our day. It was both hands on and informative. The younger group were weaving with wool and the older group were making ropes out of rushes."
- Caters for Special Needs
- Provides practical/ hands-on activities
- Provides field trips
- Offers visits as Gaeilge