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Fairy tales to labels: Ideas for implementing Irish reading with infants

Teacher author, Aoife, shares some of her approaches to integrating Gaeilge with younger students using Big Books and labels.


According to the Primary Language Curriculum, children begin formal léitheoireacht in Scoileanna T2 in Céim 2 (Rang a h-Aon agus a Dó). The emphasis for léitheoireacht in Infants (Céim 1) is on enjoyment and understanding.

Some of the torthaí foghlama for infants are:

  • Taitneamh a bhaint as éisteacht le scéalta gearra simplí á léamh.
  • Téacs a roghnú ar mhaithe le pléisiúr nó spéis.

Children are also required to notice aspects of text that transfer across both languages;

  • Gnásanna bunúsacha an chló a aithint agus a úsáid.

It’s all about the text!

Children must be exposed to a variety of age appropriate, engaging, fiction and non-fiction texts in both English and Irish.

How can we structure our Gaeilge Léitheoireacht lessons to ensure that we are addressing these learning outcomes in a comprehensive but enjoyable way?

Click Next page for some ideas on using popular fairy tales.

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