Life is changing from day to day as we try and settle into a new routine. We are delighted, however, that TG4 launched Cúla4 ar Scoil this week. This will help your children practice their Irish with fluent Irish language speakers. If you are looking for other ideas to help teach your children Irish at home, there are lots of products available on siopa.ie.
As soon as the restrictions that apply in Ireland are eased and siopa.ie.is back operating, we strongly recommend that you order some of the Irish language products below.
1. Gaschaint (Leabhar agus Dlúthdhiosca)
A book of 2,000 phrases for those who wish to introduce their children to Irish. The book is accompanied by CDs containing all the phrases in the three dialects. Topics covered include: Getting Up, In the Car, Meals, Illness, Bath Time, Parties & Festivals, School, the Weather and Games.
2. Gníomhaíochtaí Gasta
Gníomhaíochtaí Gasta is a book of Irish language communicative activities for primary school teachers. The activities in the book can be photocopied and are suitable for students in classes 3–6 in both T1 and T2 schools. Gníomhaíochtaí Gasta contains twenty real-life communicative activities focusing on the ten themes of the Irish curriculum: Myself, At Home, Food, Shopping, Television, Hobbies, the Weather, Clothing, School and Special Occasions.
3. Ainmhithe na hÉireann
This book is a journey of knowledge for young people as they discover Irish animals. The cute illustrations by Aoife Quinn and the lively facts will inspire young children to get to know the red squirrel, the hare, and all the native animals.
4. An chéad 100 uimhir
How many animals are in the pen? Find the starfish! Where are the ladybirds? Young children will really enjoy this colourful book. There are over 50 tabs to help children get to grips with numbers and counting.
5. An tEolaí Óg
This fascinating series will inspire young scientists at home through the wide range of events and experiments on offer. There are a total of four books in this series, which look at science in different ways - including the body, water and the garden. An interesting and fun book for any scientist!
6. Leabhar Mór an Eolais
This book is an up-to-date encyclopedia for primary school readers, containing information on the human race, life around us and the wider world. It contains 190 pages of interesting facts and full-colour pictures and is divided into nine sections: Body; Plants and Animals; The World; Planets and Stars; Science and Technology; The Arts; The Society in which we Live; History; Countries.
A wonderful and lively book that promotes the learning of Irish in a novel way. Fatti Burke's beautiful illustrations enliven her father John's knowledge, and new treasures are found on each page. A visual starting point for the Irish language that is suitable for all age groups. You will learn your first thousand words, get to know your culture and enjoy the features of the Irish language!
8. Foclóir Tosaigh
A new pictorial English-Irish dictionary for young people. Alongside each English headword is its Irish language counterpart along with sample Irish sentences that demonstrate the correct use of the word or phrase in a natural context. Young children will learn useful lexicographical skills with this book that will stand to them in their daily lives.
9. Peigín Leitir Móir
From the same team that gave us GugalaíGug!, here's another beautiful collection of traditional verse and songs in the form of a book and CD. Three generations of singers and composers can be heard on Peigín Leitir Móir - including winner of the Oireachtas na Gaeilge women's sean-nós competition, Caitlín Ní Chualáin, from Indreabhán, and well-known actor from An Spidéal, Peadar Ó Treasaigh.
10. Dathaigh: An Samhradh
A series of coloring books and pictures based on various objects in children's daily lives. There are 30 beautiful drawings to colour in which all relate to the summer. Children will think about the good weather that's coming our way as they colour in the pictures.