Saint Brigid’s National School, is a primary school situated in the centre of Greystones, Co. Wicklow. Our mission is to provide the highest quality education for all our children in a happy, safe and stimulating Christian environment, focusing on their academic, social, personal, moral and spiritual development to help them be the best they can be.

Ideas for Supporting your Children in Irish

UPDATED 24th May 2020 – See Suggestion No.10

Helping your child with IRISH? Lots of ideas on this post: Perhaps you could  tune into Cula4 Ar Scoil on TG4 which is on from 10-11 each day.

  1. If you scroll down the above link you will see what the lesson plans are each week and what class level they are suitable for. It would not do the older children (from 3rd up approximately) any harm to watch what is intended for the younger ones, as they will get the language ‘on their ear’. If time spent on ‘screen’  is a concern, maybe your child could watch it once a week or select lessons from the plan. Irish is also included in the lessons taught on RTE Homeschool from 11 -12 daily on RTE 2. UPDATE many parents report that this is their preferred option as the Irish is simpler and more accessible for their child.
  2. Mr. Dodd provided us with link to the Cúla 4 Ar Scoil YouTube Channel, where the videos are in shorter snippets and organised according to topics. This may be more manageable for you and your child.
  3. Cúla4 also has cartoons and children’s programmes as Gaeilge on the following LINK: Again watching these help children get the language ‘on their ear’ and to see Irish as a living language
  4. You may have heard about Duolingo. It is a great resource for learning Irish – for both children (from 3rd Class up approximately) and parents ! Set up an account and get your child to take the placement test. This ensures they are set up at the correct level of Irish for them to practice. Just 10 minutes a day and they can learn lots. UPDATE Again we are getting good feedback about Duolingo from parents and students.
  5. On the school website, there is a Symbaloo Webmix with links for learning Irish. The very first link ‘Word Games – Digital Dialects’ is good for vocabulary development as are Cluiche 1 & 2 from the top line of the webmix.
  6. Bua na Cainte So far many of these activities are most suitable for 2nd/3rd up. Luckily Ms. Mangan reminded us to include this learning programme that the children use in school (Junior Infants to Fourth). It is a big hit with the students. Particularly the Juniors. Just ask them! So they could usefully use these resource. For a limited time The Educational Book Company have made it available to all parents.

Here’s how: Select the file which suits; PC or Mac and the class level you need and click to download. Once downloaded, click on the file to install and follow the instructions. A Bua na Cainte icon will appear on desktop. Click this icon to bring you to a login page.

Both username and password: trial

7.Mr. Dodd suggested we include the following website which is good for reading, pronunciation and understanding.

LEIGH ANOIS

8.Mr. Dodd mentioned this online Irish dictionary which has the facility to pronounce the different words you look up. Here is another online Irish dictionary.

9.Mr. Dodd recommends the You Tube channel for Scéal an Lae Story of the Day, where good quality Irish picture books are read aloud. They are five to ten minutes long and I would suggest they would be suitable for Infants to Fourth.

10. UPDATED Mr. Dodd also recommends ‘Muzzy’ Episodes 1 – 6 on YouTube ‘Muzzy’ is an award-winning language course for learners of all ages, developed by the BBC. It is subtitled in English.